- Encryption. The Clinton administration has eased restrictions on the
export of encryption software, but only global business leaders -- including CIOs --
can determine whether the new limits are relaxed enough.
their millennium successes and setbacks to help prevent such a situation from happening
or Dell Computer Corp. selling PCs to businesses, CIOs should be concerned with the
question of whether to tax e-commerce transactions. Congress is mulling this issue
its copyrighted material -- magazine articles, music and cartoon images -- in a digital
environment? The Clinton administration advocates market-driven self-regulation, but
content providers may want to send a different message to Congress.
institutions transmit sensitive data? CIOs have a vested interest in helping self-
regulation succeed or risk seeing privacy standards imposed by Congress.
open competition in the telecommunications marketplace. But is the marketplace working
as advertised? CIOs are in the best position to answer this question for regulators.
visas -- good news for high-tech companies that employ foreign programmers. But what
about for nontechnology businesses? CIOs across industries must draw attention to their
unique recruiting, retention and retraining concerns.
federal tax credit, which gives a tax break to all companies that avail themselves of
IT skills training. Several IT trade associations are lobbying to extend this tax
credit indefinitely, but it would behoove CIOs from non-IT businesses to express their
foreign tariffs on U.S. high-tech exports. Now industry leaders want to see customs
duties eliminated on other IT-driven products, such as telecommunications instruments
and some consumer electronics. ITA is quickly becoming a broad business issue that CIOs
should weigh in on.
targets of electronic terrorists. Public utilities, financial institutions and
hospitals are also at risk of hacker attacks. Private-sector CIOs have much to gain --
and much to share -- from helping government protect critical electronic assets.