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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, Business Roundtable members understand the value of information technology as platforms for expansive economic growth and opportunity. We are committed to policies that will maximize and safeguard U.S. information and technology assets in a complex global environment.

Leading Examples of Change: Deploying IT for Social Development

Leading Examples of Change: Deploying IT for Social Development focuses on five key areas of life in 21st century America: education, healthcare, personal finance, public administration, and entrepreneurship. Each of these areas is confronting new issues and fundamental challenges given the abundance of information and data in today’s world, the rapid pace of technological change, and an increasingly more integrated and global economy.

CEOs commenting on the economy, innovation

With the start of the new year, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the Detroit Auto Show, this week has already featured a heavy dose of CEO commentary on the economy and innovation. A selection:

In Las Vegas and Detroit, CEOs speaking

The annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, CES2012, is promoting the wide variety of speakers and exhibits web headline, "2012 International CES to Feature Hollywood Stars, Sports Legends and Musical Icons." Great. But CEOs of major U.S. companies -- including BRT members -- are also a big attraction.

Letter to President Obama Regarding Efforts to Undermine Innovation at the UNFCCC

We write to ask for your attention to an urgent threat to intellectual property rights (IPR), which are key to the well-being of innovative and technology-driven companies doing business in U.S. and international markets.

Business Roundtable Endorses Bipartisan “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act” – Praises Swift Committee Action

Business Roundtable endorsed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), and praised the Intelligence Committee for its near unanimous approval of the important legislation.

Letter to Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger in Support of H.R. 3523

We are writing to express the Business Roundtable’s support of H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, and to urge passage of this critical legislation.

MasterCard CEO Discusses Need for Public-Private Cyber Defense Efforts

In a Politico op-ed, Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga discusses the importance of public-private partnerships in leading national cyber defense initiatives.

What drives innovation

Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, had interesting things to say on CNBC the other day about modern technology and the public's demand for data and devices. The pace of innovation is awe-inspiring.

Change your password!

The November Atlantic carries an article, "Hacked!" by James Fallows, who relates the damage done when a (probably) Nigerian con-artist hacks his wife's email account. Excellent read, good advice, and a telling paragraph on the connection between innovation and high-skills immigration.

Cybersecurity, a priority

A selection of coverage of Tuesday's announcement of BRT's new report, "Mission Critical: A Public-Private Strategy for Effective Cybersecurity.”


Committee Priorities

Business Roundtable members are advancing cybersecurity protection top-down in the private sector by creating and resourcing corporate programs to manage cybersecurity risks. They believe Congress and executive branch departments and agencies should deploy smart cybersecurity policies that facilitate new levels of domestic and international collaboration to combat escalating threats – beginning with increased information sharing with the private sector. To ensure the success of meaningful public-private information sharing, Business Roundtable supports legislation to create the requisite legal and privacy protections. The Roundtable also urges Congress to exercise care in mandating cybersecurity standards. Congress should monitor the development of cybersecurity standards by executive branch agencies before acting in this area.

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Recent actions by major countries have the effect of fragmenting the Internet, including the flow of data across national borders (e.g., mandated in-country server location). In a global economy, we believe that such barriers needlessly hamper the creation of innovative products and services, adoption of information-based business models and use of scalable global business operations. Business Roundtable promotes globally consistent information technology policies that ensure market-friendly conditions for cross-border information management.

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While the United States has always been a world leader in technology, public policies have often not kept pace with the rapidly evolving marketplace. For U.S. companies to grow and prosper over the next decade and beyond, Business Roundtable members support U.S. efforts to create a globally competitive policy framework that fosters innovation and facilitates the productive and secure use of information technology.

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