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    Technology & Innovation
    The IT revolution transforming virtually all industries in the U.S. economy is central to increased economic efficiency, higher standards of living, and greater personal empowerment. Policymakers must support policies fostering science and technology research and promoting e-commerce, digital government, and widespread adoption of information technologies.
    Trade Fact of the Week February 2, 2011
    Foreign students received 1,048 of last year's 1,694 electrical engineering Ph.D.s.
    The highest concentrations of foreign students are in the Ph.D. programs of physics, mathematics, computer science, materials science engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering.


    Trade Fact of the Week June 23, 2010
    Royalty and license payments to Americans: $100 billion in 2010?
    Between 2003 and 2008, one of our largest 'export' jumps came from invention and innovation, in the form of money earned abroad through royalties and licensing fees for use of American-held patents, trademarks and copyrights.


    DLC | Policy Report June 11, 2010
    Technology Transfer
    By Doug Karmin
    The U.S. government needs to think beyond just anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy efforts and toward a broader intellectual property strategy.


    DLC | Trade Fact of the Week May 12, 2010
    43 percent of world software is pirated.
    Pushed by business public education efforts and U.S. government campaigns for trade-agreement enforcement, especially against large "end-user" pirates in government agencies, software piracy rates have been falling steadily for years.


    Trade Fact of the Week April 7, 2010
    Top foreign research site for American multinational firms: United Kingdom.
    In 2006, U.S.-based multinationals added $28.5 billion on R&D projects abroad to the $188 billion they spent in the United States. Meanwhile, foreign-based multinationals spent about $34.3 billion on research in the United States, up from $17 billion in 2007 and $30 billion in 2003. The United States' modest research 'surplus' seems fairly steady over time, varying between $3 billion and $7 billion since the late 1990s.


    Trade Fact of the Week March 17, 2010
    Average wait for a 'dual-use product' export license: 28 days.
    Export control rules cover roughly 3000 goods and services, in 10 broad industrial categories.


    DLC | Policy Report February 11, 2010
    Where Jobs Come From
    By Jessica Milano
    President Obama has made job creation our nation's number one priority. To get there we need to first understand the conditions that foster job growth.


    DLC | Policy Report October 21, 2009
    Brain Freeze: The Downturn's Impact on R&D and What We Can Do About It
    By Jessica Milano and Marc Dunkelman
    The consequences of the recession have taken a toll on one of the most important drivers of long-term economic growth: investment in research and development (R&D).


    DLC | Policy Report July 15, 2009
    A Kindle in Every Backpack
    By Thomas Z. Freedman
    Amid the important and often heated debate over education reforms such as merit-based teacher pay and charter schools, the nation is missing an obvious opportunity to use new technology to improve dramatically the education our children receive.


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week January 28, 2009
    New Dem of the Week: Rachel Storch
    With its potential to secure our food supply and find medicines for devastating diseases, biotechnology research continues to gain support and has become a leading source of innovation, competitive advantage and jobs in the United States. An ardent supporter of biotechnology, Missouri Rep. Rachel Storch introduced House Bill 312, the Qualified Research Expenses Credit, last week to create new opportunities for biotechnology research and development in Missouri.


    PPI | Policy Report October 9, 2008
    Short-Changing Our Future
    By Michael J. Biercuk, Ph.D.
    In the coming years, science and technology will only play a larger role in the strength of our national economy as emerging high-tech sectors build upon advanced scientific research. But America's best and brightest new scientists are being pulled away from research fields by higher pay with less schooling. This report is a hard look at the stagnant level of American doctoral students and how to revitalize an aging and underfunded academic research system.


    The Wall Street Journal | Opinion August 4, 2008
    Helping Humanity Starts at Home
    By Harold Ford, Jr.
    DLC Chair Harold Ford, Jr. participates in a debate series asking the question: "How would you spend $10 billion of American resources (either directly or through regulation) over the next four years to help improve the state of the world?"


    PPI | Policy Report November 8, 2007
    Cleantech
    By Steve Westly and Jan Mazurek
    PPI urges policy makers to make the United States a leader in the development of products and processes to produce clean, climate-friendly energy.


    PPI | Policy Report June 12, 2007
    Fighting the Pirate Boom
    By Edward Gresser
    Here are the changes that US policymakers as well as developing-country governments and academic circles need to engage in to restore support for intellectual property rights standards.


    PPI | Policy Report May 24, 2007
    Building a Health Information Network
    By David B. Kendall
    The health care sector has been slow in adopting IT systems. With patients frustrated over soaring costs and inconvenient care, the time is ripe for an electronic health record (EHR) system based on patient-controlled accounts.


    PPI | Front & Center May 25, 2006
    Immigration Reform: Why Smart ID Cards Matter
    By Eitan Hersh
    An electronic employment verification system, when combined with the recently enacted REAL ID and US-VISIT laws, will mean that within two years, no one will legally be able to get a job in the United States without a technologically advanced identification card.


    DLC | New Dem Dispatch July 29, 2005
    Idea of the Week: Break the Stalemate on Stem-Cell Research
    We applaud Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's surprising announcement that he would support embryonic stem-cell research. But actions speak louder than words; it's time for Frist to move quickly to inact this important legislation.


    The San Jose Mercury News | Article June 14, 2005
    Privacy Is an Important Issue But It's No Reason to Dump Wireless ID
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    This not an either-or debate. We can have the RFID's convenience, functionality and cost savings and have strong privacy protections.


    PPI | Presentation May 2, 2005
    Presentation to the Council of Scientific Society Presidents
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    Powerpoint Presentation: Waves of Innovation Drive Cycles of Growth & Change.


    PPI | Policy Report March 16, 2005
    Internet Telephone Service: A New Era of Competition in Telecommunications
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    Internet telephony requires a new regulatory framework -- a streamlined set of federal guidelines geared to the more competitive telephony marketplace enabled by VoIP.


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