CCIA Praises Nomination Of Ramirez To Chair FTC

The following statement is in response to President Obama naming Edith Ramirez to the post of FTC chairwoman. It can be attributed to Ed Black, the President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association. “CCIA welcomes the President’s decision to ask Commissioner Ramirez to lead the FTC.  Her current role as an FTC Commissioner, and…

CCIA’s Top 13 Priorities for 2013 and Obama’s 2nd Term

Skilled Immigration Reform – Increase access to skilled foreign workers and entrepreneurs to ensure that the U.S. remains the global center of innovation.  Immigration reform legislation must include provisions addressing the availability of employment-based and entrepreneur visas. Privacy – Reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act including the treatment of mobile location information (GPS Act) to require warrants…

Research, STEM Raised During Foreign Policy Debate

Despite being the foreign policy debate, basic research, competitiveness and science and math education was added in to last night’s face off between President Obama and Governor Romney. Obama said he wanted to hire more math and science teachers as good math and science skills have been key to maintaining the United States’ lead  in innovation. “If we…

IP Czar Releases Annual Copyright Enforcement Report

Victoria Espinel, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), recently released her annual report on intellectual property enforcement.  This post touches on just one part of the report—the Administration’s renewed endorsement of a need for legislation “to address offshore infringement and counterfeiting,” even after the massive outcry against SOPA, and without acknowledgement of the public’s voiced opposition and its impact.…

Cybersecurity recs from House GOP, CCIA

Cybersecurity has been the national security topic du jour for months.  Earlier this year then CIA Director Leon Pannetta warned of the potential of a “cyber Pearl Harbor”, while in May the Obama Administration released its cybersecurity legislative proposal.  And last week the House GOP’s Cybersecurity Task Force (CTF) released its recommendations. The Obama Administration and the CTF largely agree on…