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Tech industry and government must step up on privacy

Gary Shapiro
President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
Chief Financial Officer and executive vice president of Target John Mulligan (L) and Chief Information Officer at Neiman Marcus Michael Kingston swear in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Privacy in the Digital Age on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

We live in dangerous times. Government agencies charged with keeping us safe must have access to information to protect us from terrorists and other threats. But we do have and need Constitutional safeguards. If last year’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone and Internet data taught us anything, it’s that we need a national discussion on how our information is obtained. As we search for a balance between protecting privacy and maintaining security, we must understand exactly how private our information is.

30th anniversary of Betamax decision sees new fight for innovation

3:54 PM 01/17/2014

Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a landmark case that paved the way for an explosion in digital recording technology innovation. Products and features we take for granted today – MP3 players, iPods, DVRs and so much more – would not exist if the Court had ruled the other way in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, more commonly known as the Betamax Case, in 1984. Now, as innovative new services offer consumers greater access to content and more control over how they get to it and where they store it, Sony’s precedent is being threatened.

No holiday for truth-tellers

3:55 PM 12/06/2013

We have a holiday to celebrate our nation’s independence, a holiday to be thankful, holidays to mark religious milestones, and even a holiday to begin the New Year. What we need now is a holiday to honor and tell the truth.

The shale revolution is remaking our economic future

1:51 PM 10/28/2013

When we talk about American exceptionalism, we think of examples like Apple, a bevy of Internet companies, biotech, Hollywood, medicine and space flight. American creativity gave birth to all of these things and much more. But while the glamorously inventive intellectual property ventures capture headlines and kudos, breakthrough innovations in drilling have been quietly transforming our nation’s economic, manufacturing, and even foreign policy prospects.

Preparing for takeoff – no need to turn off your electronics

3:04 PM 10/10/2013

From mobile apps for flight check-in to finding friends and family at baggage claim, and at almost every point in between, portable electronics make air travel easier and keep passengers connected, entertained and productive.

Student loan rates mask the real problem

1:51 PM 08/03/2013

On July 1, subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates doubled after Congress failed to act on a measure to keep rates low. The rates jumped from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, with PLUS loan rates rising to 7.9 percent. The hike would have affected more than 7 million students, costing them $2,600 extra, on average. But on July 24, the Senate passed a compromise bill that will keep student loan interest rates low – close to 3.9 percent – until 2015, and then tie interest rates to the market, with caps. The bill passed House on July 30, and President Obama has said he will sign the bill into law. It’s nice to see the rare bipartisan cooperation that led to the compromise, but the focus on loan rates is distracting us from the real problems with higher education.

Why America must get and keep foreign students

12:20 PM 07/16/2013

America’s openness, democracy, freedoms, opportunity and diversity have attracted people from all over the world for more than 200 years. People of all nations come to our shores to pursue a better life. Many of the world’s best and brightest students come to America to pursue their passion and earn higher degrees at our prestigious universities. Yet due to our broken immigration system, too many of these students are not permitted to stay once they graduate, sending innovative ideas that could benefit our economy to other nations and costing us countless jobs.

Will government regulation crash driverless cars?

4:05 PM 06/17/2013

We’ve made amazing technological progress in the last century. Just over 100 years ago, the “horseless buggy” was the cutting edge of innovation.

The Social Security disability system needs fixing

12:08 AM 05/29/2013

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is the fastest growing entitlement, now costing more than food stamps and welfare combined. Disability payouts totaled $132 billion in 2011, and the 2012 report of the Disability Fund Trustees warned the fund would be exhausted in 2016 --- two years earlier than reported in 2011. While the disability system provides critical support to those truly in need, too many Americans are abusing the system, adding to the drag on our already weak economy. Adding insult to injury, these wrongdoers are taking resources from those who need help the most.

New Simpson-Bowles plan a needed wake-up call

1:49 PM 04/24/2013

Last week, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the Moment of Truth Project, released a new budget plan, titled “A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing America’s Future.” This updated plan is the latest attempt by these two men to restore some sanity to our nation’s fiscal situation. While it leaves much to be desired, the plan is a step in the right direction as Congress moves into yet another phase of the ongoing budget debate.

Who’s to blame for sequestration? It doesn’t matter

10:12 AM 02/28/2013

While the world sees our sequestration controversy as evidence of America’s receding primacy and Americans look on with disgust, Washington politicians keep blaming each other rather than solving our budget impasse.

Inaction on immigration reform harms US economy

3:25 PM 01/08/2013

When people imagine the world’s most successful innovators, they often imagine them starting out isolated in their garages, toiling away at their latest gadgetry or endeavor. The truth is, successful entrepreneurship relies not on isolationism, but on assembling the right team. That is becoming increasingly difficult in the United States thanks to federal inaction on immigration reform.

Business leaders must solve national problems

6:33 PM 12/18/2012

The fiscal cliff is looming, and many of us are looking to our elected officials for answers. While Washington’s action is required to address the combination of tax increases and spending cuts expected to hit in the new year, we need to look elsewhere for real leadership.

What should disappointed voters do?

3:04 PM 12/05/2012

This year’s election consumed and divided America. While those who supported President Obama can revel in their victory and enjoy the policy fruits of their success, the 47 percent of the American electorate that voted for Gov. Romney must also move forward with the feeling that they too are contributing to improving our nation.

Why Romney’s 47% comment is fundamentally right

5:23 PM 10/11/2012

In the classic Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a beloved but inept emperor is convinced to wear “special” clothes that are invisible. Neither the emperor nor his subjects will admit to not seeing the clothes. Finally, a young boy blurts out the unspeakable truth that the emperor is naked.

The truth about Bain Capital

12:09 PM 09/20/2012

Disparaging Governor Romney’s record at Bain Capital is a large part of President Obama’s campaign strategy. I find this baffling as Romney’s record at Bain is stellar. Even former President Bill Clinton has noted that Romney was a successful business leader and is qualified to be president. Unfortunately, the media usually echoes the attacks on Bain rather than checking their veracity.

Job creators to Obama: Not this time

2:44 PM 09/07/2012

As the Democrats leave Charlotte, N.C., after rallying behind President Obama, they face an uphill battle. Americans are concerned about jobs, entitlements and the growing federal deficit --- the three things that Obama and the Democrats don’t want to talk about. But they must if they’re going to have any chance of keeping the White House.

‘Felony’ smear springs from Obama’s business ignorance

9:59 AM 07/25/2012

The Obama campaign’s latest line of attack is to suggest that Mitt Romney committed a felony by lying about his involvement with Bain Capital during the three-year period between 1999 and 2002 when he was running the Salt Lake City Olympics. Romney has always said --- and continues to say --- that while he retained the title of “managing director” of Bain during his stint running the Olympics, he had no operational control over the company during that time. But the Obama campaign insists otherwise. On the July 15 broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said, “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony, or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments.”

Moving America toward post-partisan honesty

1:46 PM 07/05/2012

While the political parties engage in vicious and often unfair combat, taking extreme positions, Americans thirst for a more moderate, honest and fact-based discussion --- not to mention a functional government. Thankfully, despite this hyper-partisan environment, we have witnessed over the last several weeks an emerging trend --- every so often extremists have been checked by members of their own party.