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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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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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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Pick up the pace on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

posted by in Global Markets February 5, 2015

EU and US negotiators have come to the table in Brussels this week to continue discussions on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). No one ever said negotiating trade agreements was easy. But if these two countries act now, the benefits will be far reaching. TTIP was envisioned as an ambitious opportunity for the […]

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Executive Survey Shows the Benefits of Data Innovation Across the Whole Economy

posted by in Data, Global Markets December 10, 2014

There are pervasive myths and misconceptions about how data innovation is transforming the global economy, from the idea that it’s all about so-called “Big Data” (in fact, analyzing even small data sets can produce useful insights) to the false notion that all data is personal information (when discoveries are being made from data sources such […]

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Positive Shift in Europe’s Approach to Cloud Policy

posted by in Cloud Computing May 2, 2014

Policy discussions about cloud computing in Europe have at times been fraught with protectionist rhetoric. Exacerbated by Edward Snowden’s revelations on government surveillance, there have been calls for data location requirements, procurement preferences for European providers, dedicated French or German cloud networks, and even a “Schengen area for data” as ways to promote deployment of […]

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Restoring Confidence in the Digital Economy

posted by in Data, Global Markets April 10, 2014

How do we restore trust and confidence in the underpinnings of the digital economy in the wake of unsettling disclosures about international surveillance practices? That question is top of mind for policymakers in the US and European Union as they ponder the possibility of a grand, new transatlantic trade and investment partnership. As I noted […]

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EU-US Summit Is an Opportunity to Re-Establish Trust in the Transatlantic Relationship

posted by in Global Markets March 26, 2014

Today’s EU-US Summit in Brussels, at which President Obama will join his European counterparts, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, provides an important opportunity to reinforce EU-US economic ties. A strong transatlantic partnership will send a message to global markets that the greatest prospects […]

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Transatlantic Data Flows: Shift the Focus to How—Not If

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data, Global Markets September 26, 2013

It comes as no surprise that conversations about data protection are dominating capitals around the world. Unfortunately, those conversations are being twisted in a way that confuses the issues at hand and threatens policies like the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement that help deliver the benefits at the core of the digital economy. This situation is […]

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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, […]

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