What Does President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration Reform Mean for the High-Skilled Worker?

On November 20th, President Obama addressed the nation and announced a series of Executive Actions that would modify our immigration system.  Included in this series was a directive that would require DHS to take a number of administrative actions designed to streamline the high-skilled immigration system. But what does that mean?  A few highlights according…

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Political Intervention in Regulatory Affairs Will Not Deliver Digital Sovereignty

In an EU-funded research paper  published yesterday called “Technological sovereignty – Missing the point?,” it was concluded that “the European countries promoting technological sovereignty proposals have a responsibility to protect an open, free, and secure Internet and should not risk having other countries use these proposals to justify their own restrictive measures.” We agree with…

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Recent Developments Will Delay Open Internet Rules

As you may have heard, earlier this week President Obama chimed in on the contentious net neutrality debate, asking the FCC to “keep the Internet free and open” and to “reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.” This closely followed word from the FCC that Chairman Tom Wheeler was considering a “hybrid…

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Tech is Finally Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel for ITA Expansion

What a week it has been for international trade with the APEC Summit in Beijing! President Obama made a breakthrough with China’s President Xi Jinping to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) which will eliminate duties on a new list of tech goods including: Video game consoles Printer Ink Cartridges GPS Devices Loudspeakers High-tech Medical…

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From the Archives

  • House Passes the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

    Today the House passed H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (“ITFA) on a voice vote. Since its initial enactment in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) has been extended three times and is now set to expire on November 1, 2014. The ITFA bans federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet…