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Eight Ways the TTIP Can Be a Global Blueprint for Digital Trade

posted by in Global Markets May 15, 2013

There are a number of reasons the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) holds the potential to be a significant agreement. Not least of these is the fact that the United States and European Union together account for half the world’s output and a third of all trade. But when all is said and done, the most significant aspect of a US-EU trade pact could turn out to be its impact on global commerce and trade in the kinds of products and services that rely on exchanging information digitally.

As digital products and services like cloud computing roll out in markets around the world, data flows increasingly have become the lifeblood of companies large and small. Whether they are selling digital technologies or using them, companies operating in the global economy need to transmit data across borders. The TTIP can establish trade rules that stimulate this digital trade across the Atlantic — and set a precedent for the rest of the world. (more…)

Securing the Benefits of Software Innovation and Growth

Software today is woven through the entire fabric of modern life — and yet software innovation continues to explode in exciting new directions, driven by dynamic forces such as cloud and mobile computing. That’s why, as I step down this week as CEO of BSA, I am optimistic about the industry’s future. Looking forward, I believe the next few decades hold even more potential for innovation and growth than we have already seen up to this point.

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TPP, ISA and the Cloud

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets March 14, 2013

This month negotiators from 11 countries are gathering in Singapore for an important round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. As it happens, Singapore provides the perfect backdrop for understanding the opportunity countries have to expand trade in digital services. Singapore has vaulted into the tier of countries with the best policy frameworks to support the growth of information technology’s hottest sector right now: cloud computing. It has done so, as the new edition of BSA’s Global Cloud Computing Scorecard illustrates, by enacting a law that balances privacy protections for consumers with the regulatory flexibility to encourage business innovation.

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A New Trade Agreement for a New Era of Digital Services

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets January 29, 2013

Last week US Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the Administration’s intention to start talks on an International Services Agreement (ISA) with Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and more than a dozen other trading partners. This is an ambitious undertaking, and it holds the potential to break wide open a services market of extraordinary potential for every industry involved, including technology and software services like cloud computing. (more…)

Inflection Points for Washington and the Software Industry

The Obama Administration and Congress have reached an inflection point in the wake of the 2012 election: The country is facing a steep “fiscal cliff” that no one wants to go over, but steering away from it will require policymakers to make difficult budgeting choices that few people will like.

The software industry meanwhile has come to an inflection point of a different sort: Companies like those in BSA are innovating rapidly, but they face daunting challenges around the world as courts, lawmakers, and regulators adopt policies that are closing off access to key markets, undermining the business of developing and commercializing intellectual property, and imperiling the growth and evolution of cloud computing.

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Three Ways the Administration and 113th Congress Can Accelerate the Digital Economy to Achieve Election Goals

The 2012 US election was about many things, but first and foremost it was about growing the economy and creating jobs. With the campaign now over, the Obama Administration and incoming 113th Congress can accomplish both of those goals in the innovation-driven IT sector by focusing on three big priorities: safeguarding intellectual property rights and protections, opening global markets to digital trade, and fostering the growth of cloud computing.

In the last four years, the Administration has made commendable progress in elevating intellectual property issues through a coordinated domestic effort and concerted dialogue with key trading partners. (more…)

An IPR Strategy to Keep India’s Innovative Economy Moving Forward

posted by in Global Markets, Intellectual Property November 2, 2012

India is well on its way to developing a world-class IT sector. For example, on the strength of its dynamic human capital and extensive investments in research and development, it leapt 10 ranking positions in the 2011 edition of the 66-nation IT Industry Competitiveness Index, created for BSA by the Economist Intelligence Unit. But India has made these strides without having a strategic vision for developing and protecting intellectual property. That is, until recently.

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A Catalogue of Worry for US IT Companies

posted by in Global Markets October 17, 2012

Every year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative issues a National Trade Estimate. It serves as a comprehensive catalogue of the market barriers American companies face around the world. In a public filing this week, BSA has recommended that a slew of alarming, IT-focused barriers be added to the list. (more…)

When “Security” Regulations Overreach

posted by in Cybersecurity, Global Markets July 9, 2012

Cybersecurity has justifiably become a front-burner policy concern for governments around the world. But what happens when security regulations are effectively used to bolster the prospects of local firms at the expense of foreign competitors?

We are starting to find out, especially in emerging markets, where many governments have recently begun implementing security-related measures that stray far into the commercial sphere. The development of these overreaching security-related regulations is one of several IT-focused market barriers detailed in BSA’s latest policy report, “Lockout.” They not only create barriers (more…)

Manipulating Technology Standards to Impede Competition

posted by in Global Markets, Industry July 5, 2012

The point of having standards is to create a consistent set of rules, or models, for all parties to follow. That point seems to be lost, though, on governments in many emerging markets. When it comes to technology, countries like China and India are trying to create their own patchwork of unique standards — many specifically designed to bolster domestic firms at the expense of foreign ones.

BSA’s “Lockout” report, an in-depth examination of a new wave of IT-focused trade barriers, shows that manipulating technology standards is one of a handful of ways that governments, especially in emerging markets, are trying to impede free and fair global competition. (more…)