Industry

Software.org: At the Intersection of Software and Society

When it comes to software, society faces three key challenges. We need to design policies that can stay ahead of cutting-edge technologies. We need to prepare for the workforce of the future. And we need to better support diversity, inclusion, and economic opportunity for all. Software.org: the BSA Foundation will tackle all of these challenges head on.

Launched today, Software.org is a nonpartisan international research organization that will help policymakers and the public better understand the impact software has on our lives, our economy, and our society.

Software is everywhere. It’s in the places you’d expect, like the phone in your hand, the TV on your wall, and the laptop on your desk. You’re using software to read this blog post right now. But software is also a critical component in places that you might not realize, from the financial and manufacturing sectors to healthcare and infrastructure. Software is so seamlessly woven into our everyday lives that it can be easy to forget all the ways it affects us.

Software.org will not only inform people about innovative software – AI, IoT, and blockchain – but also posit answers to the big questions we are facing. The foundation will foster conversations about how policies affect groundbreaking technologies. By supporting efforts to increase STEM training and skills for people of all ages and backgrounds, the foundation will help prepare the future workforce.

Our software is constantly updating and evolving. We need to consider how our society will evolve with it. Software.org will help do just that.

Industry

Survey Says: Tell Us Your Predictions for the Future of Software

When will you be able to buy a 4D-printed coat that becomes waterproof when it starts to rain? When will the government start collecting taxes via the blockchain? When will an augmented reality movie win a Golden Globe award? When will you work for a company with a robot on its board of directors? When … Read More >>

Data

New Irish Warrant Case Decision – Again – Points to Need for Congressional Action to Update ECPA

The importance of this week’s decision by the Second Circuit to deny rehearing in Microsoft’s Irish warrant case has less to do with the action in court and more to do with what happens next. Specifically, with what happens in Congress. Last July, a panel of the Second Circuit held that a warrant issued by … Read More >>

Data, Industry, Intellectual Property

An Open Letter to Congress: Software Industry’s Priorities Create Jobs

Dear 115th Congress, Congratulations on your election to office – we look forward to working with you. Job creation will undoubtedly be a top priority on your list in the coming year, and it’s a top priority for our industry. As our recent economic impact report shows (done in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit) … Read More >>

Cybersecurity, Privacy

A Positive Step in the Encryption Debate

The members of the House Encryption Working Group took on a seemingly impossible task this year when they set out to bridge the gap between the two sides of this noisy and difficult debate. That makes the result of their work – a series of balanced findings that summarizes their careful consideration of these issues … Read More >>