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    Don't Forget the Benefits of Capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” … More

    The Chamber in Silicon Valley: Looking for the Next Bill Gates?

    The Chamber of Commerce announced this week it is opening a second office in Silicon Valley. The Chamber is no doubt in the hunt to expand its membership base, but will it lobby for policies that encourage the next generation of garage discoveries and creative destruction—or lock in the market … More

    Holes in Federal Cybersecurity

      Yesterday brought news that the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found gaps in DHS’s cybersecurity. Politico reports that, according to the IG: [T]he agency for months failed to patch its systems regularly against known cybersecurity threats or scan its networks consistently, in real time, … More

    Girding the Grid: Educating Leaders Is Key

    According to a recent report sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. power grid is under threat from nation-states, organized crime syndicates, hacktivists, and terrorists. More needs to be done to protect the nation’s power grid and mitigate these threats. A little more than ten years ago, a … More

    South by Southwest: Cybersecurity Speaker Needs Your Votes

    South by Southwest (SXSW) is the premier tech and social media event in the country. Each year, thousands of people descend on Austin, Texas, to convene for a two-week conference covering a variety of new technology and ideas in the tech space. And when it comes to technology, what could … More

    Apple vs. Samsung: Why Is the Obama Administration Involved?

    Apple and Samsung have been fighting over cell phone patents for a while. Samsung won a round in June when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in its favor on certain patents, blocking sale of some older Apple products. The Obama Administration last week overturned the ruling. The Administration … More

    Idaho’s Khan Academy Initiative: Embracing Educational Technology

    Today’s technology means that education can be tailored to the specific needs of each child. Idaho is leading the way in adopting these types of innovations with its statewide initiative to integrate Khan Academy videos into the classroom. The Khan Academy is an online-based learning tool that creates a self-paced … More

    7 Steps to Solve Congressional Cyber Stalemate

    Congress is back in session and “ready” to tackle cybersecurity. Regrettably, some in Congress are again proposing 19th century–style legislative solutions to this ultimately 21st-century problem. Let’s hope they think it through this time before offering the same failed ideas. Over the past several months, the world has witnessed a … More

    One Step on Cyber Espionage: Reform the Foreign Investment Process

    Japanese telecommunications company Softbank wants to buy Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion. One barrier to the deal is unusual: Softbank and Sprint are being pushed to spurn equipment made by specific Chinese companies, due to cyber espionage fears. The fear is reasonable but the way the deal is being … More

    Overcoming the Digital Divide: What Conservatives Must Do to Win

    Robert Draper’s New York Times Magazine article last month spurred debates and discussions among conservatives about the role of digital media in politics. It revealed the frustrations of movement conservatives and political operatives about the results of the 2012 election. Technology, data and analytics were once again part of the … More