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 >>

Industry

Building on Today’s Achievements, the EU Can Harness Software’s Full Potential

This article originally ran on EurActiv on November 22, 2016. We live with the benefits of software every day; so much so, in fact, it easy to underestimate its contribution. Software contributes almost one trillion Euros to the EU’s GDP (including indirect and induced effects); if the software industry’s total contribution in Europe were a … Read More >>

Industry

Congratulations to BSA’s 2016 Girls Who Code Class!

BSA’s Girls Who Code class of 2016 graduated this month, marking the end of an intensive seven-week coding program. While most of the 19 girls in the BSA classroom began the program with no knowledge of coding, they are now proficient in several programming languages, including Python, Scratch, HTML, and CSS. They have created websites … Read More >>

Privacy

Privacy Shield Marks a Promising Step Forward – Not the End of the Road – on Privacy

When you think about how the internet operates, you probably think about “how many bars” you have and making sure your device has a charge strong enough to last the day. Perhaps you think about software and data. What you might not think about are obscure agreements on paper or Congress’s everlasting arguments on privacy. … Read More >>