Lively Panel Discusses the Latest Cybersecurity

On July 31 in Newport Beach, the OC Tech Alliance and TechAmerica powered by CompTIA presented a lively forum on the timely issue of cybersecurity. Held at the law offices of Stradling, the event was attended by nearly 40 representatives of Southern California’s tech industry and academia. I moderated the event and it featured a…

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Digital Communication is Key to Moving the Needle on Capitol Hill

These days, the primary resource on Capitol Hill is digital communication. Nearly all 535 members of Congress, the entire executive branch of government and countless state and local bodes are using digital tools to communicate positions, ideas and policy movement, and to harness intelligence and data from opinion elites, industry players and the general public….

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Congress Should Pass a Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

In July, the House passed H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (“ITFA) on a voice vote. However, Senate action on the ITFA faltered as the legislative session wound down. The tripping point in the Senate was a move to attach the more controversial Marketplace Fairness Act to the widely-supported ITFA.  Now, the termination…

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Adoption of Electronic Signatures will Greatly Improve Government Productivity

In a letter dated July 14 2014, US Senators John McCain and Ron Wyden, and Congresswoman Anna Eschoo wrote to the Secretary of Commerce asking for an update on the implementation of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (E-SIGN) Act. The law was enacted in 2000, but fourteen years later it appears that…

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From the Archives

  • Cybersecurity Update

    We anticipate it will be a busy first quarter for cybersecurity on Capitol Hill! As noted in Senator Reid’s letter to Senator McConnell last November, he plans to bring comprehensive cybersecurity legislation to the Senate floor during the first work period of this year (which begins January 23rd).  TechAmerica then Acting CEO and President Dan…