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

posted by in Data, Industry, Intellectual Property January 12, 2017

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) […]

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Building on a Constructive Conversation

posted by in Industry December 16, 2016

Wednesday’s meeting between President-elect Trump and executives from numerous software and technology companies has been reported with great fanfare. Rather than the tense exchange that many pundits predicted, the sit-down provided an opportunity for a constructive conversation. This is a welcome development, and it points to a real opportunity for government and industry to work […]

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

posted by in Industry November 22, 2016

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 […]

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It’s Time to Move the Encryption Discussion Forward

posted by in Cybersecurity, Data, Privacy November 15, 2016

The encryption discussion in Washington has been locked in a polarized stalemate for months — with loud voices on distant ends deeply dug in. Encryption is a complex issue that affects a range of global stakeholders, from governments to businesses to individuals. The ideal solution needs to consider all legitimate sides of the argument and […]

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Update: Trade Policy Forum Meeting in India

posted by in Global Markets, Intellectual Property October 21, 2016

Intellectual property protection is crucial for software innovation. It encourages research and development that creates jobs in the US and around the world. That is why BSA is so pleased that USTR prioritized trade secret and patent protection in its Trade Policy Forum (TPF) discussions with India this week. TPF is an important bilateral dialogue […]

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BSA Heads to the Hill

posted by in Industry May 20, 2016

On this past Wednesday, BSA | The Software Alliance hosted its annual fly-in. Board members from BSA spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with Members of Congress to talk about policy priorities like ECPA reform, international data flows, TPP, and computer science education. Our delegation included representatives from Bentley, CA Technologies, Datastax, IBM, SAS […]

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More Effort Needed to Pave Way for Cloud Computing Benefits

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data, Industry April 26, 2016

Much has been written about the benefits of cloud computing. It’s providing consumers, businesses, and governments quick, efficient and affordable access to technology that was previously available only to large organizations. And that access is rapidly expanding opportunities in established markets and emerging economies alike. Less attention has been paid, however, to what cloud providers […]

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A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

posted by in Intellectual Property March 29, 2016

In encouraging news given today’s climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation.  Even more encouraging?  The legislation and process involved in this progress are both bipartisan and bicameral. The Defend Trade Secrets Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Hatch and Coons, and in the House by Representatives Collins, Nadler, and […]

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Seize the Opportunity for a Sustainable Path

posted by in Data, Privacy October 22, 2015

In “The collapse of the US-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik’s Cube,” Microsoft’s Brad Smith provides insight on ways to ensure European consumers and enterprises can continue using data services in the manner they chose and from the best providers of such services. In today’s world, it is a well-known policy truism that […]

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Effective Information Sharing Legislation Needed to Combat Cyber Attacks

posted by in Cybersecurity July 22, 2015

It’s not hard today to find news accounts of how America’s digital networks are under siege.  Cyber criminals are at work, hoping to extract valuable data from consumers, businesses, and government organizations and to shut down or disrupt our critical infrastructure. One way to combat these attacks is allowing businesses and the government to share […]

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