Should Government and the Private Sector Cooperate In Cybersecurity?

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The public was offended when NSA coopted RSA’s encryption products and we were disappointed when some social media firms shared their customer’s private data with government, other firms, and law enforcement.  It’s not acceptable for government and industry to cooperate against the public at large, but when we face genuine national security threats, most of […]

Negative Impact of Regulations on Innovation

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In mobile wireless and Internet markets, consumers deserve the final say on which constructive innovations, new product features and infrastructure should survive. In those markets, consumers notice the rapid pace of change and while they may not use every innovation that comes along, they welcome the steady stream of appealing changes and increased value from […]

The Hill Cites ACI and Congressional Letter on Consumer Fees

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The Hill is the latest media outlet to cite ACI’s work on patent pool charges that unnecessarily raise electronic prices paid by consumers.  Our work is also cited by Congressman Pompeo’s letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  To read the Hill’s article, Click here.

ACI Noted in Congressional Letter to FCC

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Last week, Congressman Mike Pompeo wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on what role the FCC has and what actions the FCC can take to stop the patent pool abuse that is driving up consumer electronic prices by $200 million per year.  ACI has written about this is a number of times: Huffington Post Daily Caller […]

Choosing a Wireless Service?

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American consumers are fortunate to have four large-scale wireless service providers, plus a few carriers who service specialized territories or discount options, such as prepaid services. According to the big four’s second quarter 2014 financial reports, Verizon and AT&T each serve over 100 million retail wireless connections (phones, tablets, and personal Wi Fi hotspot devices). […]

DOJ Overreach Could Kill the Digital Economy

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The health of the digital tech economy is inextricably linked to the health of the U.S. economy. According to a newly released Brookings Institute study, 61% of all U.S. exports were digitally delivered, and international digital trade was responsible for adding 2.4 million jobs. A McKinsey Report estimated that improved use of data could generate […]

If Skilled Workers Don’t Come, the U.S. Loses

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As Washington continues to debate immigration, one aspect of our immigration laws that are sometimes overlooked is that of high-skilled immigrants seeking to work in the US. Immigrants with education and experience in the STEM fields can apply for an H-1B visa, of which there are 85,000 visas available on a yearly basis. These visas […]

The Four Tribes of Privacy Thieves

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American consumers fall prey to privacy thieves with little available to protect them from these modern brigands. Distinguished by status and motivation, there are four tribes of cyber thieves – money-seeking criminals, hacktivist autocrats, aggressive nation states (notably Russia, Iran, the Koreas and China), and US government employees. Ordinary privacy criminals go where the money […]

Leadership Needed at DOJ

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search warrant to Microsoft requiring it to produce the emails of an alleged Irish drug dealer. The emails are stored in Ireland on a Microsoft server. Irish law generally prohibits release of a citizen’s private information without authorization by Ireland – which has not been forthcoming. Microsoft faces […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The DOJ’s 2 million Job Mistake

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a search warrant as part of a criminal drug investigation. While that may seem like a typical legal demand, the suspect lives in Ireland, and the email records that that the DOJ seek are being stored at a data center in Ireland belonging to an Irish subsidiary of […]