Data Innovation and Opportunity
Data is a vital tool in improving the world in which we live. The information consumers willingly exchange with organizations provides clear benefits in return. App publishers should be free to collect, aggregate and analyze data, while acting as wise stewards of data entrusted to them by consumers.
Earlier this year, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law a bill that directs the Board of Education to re-evaluate high school graduation requirements in an attempt to provide the "knowledge and skills that students should attain during high school in order to be successful contributors to the economy of the Commonwealth." Another bill signed by the Governor now makes it easier for industry professionals to earn temporary teaching credentials to attract more career and technical teachers to the classroom.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, has released a 14-page position paper outlining her technology platform. Five broad themes help frame Secretary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation. These five themes include goals that, if achieved, would support the developer workforce.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has long been dedicated to public service, and has established himself as a well-regarded policymaker on innovation and security issues. He began his career as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, and later served as deputy attorney general for the state of Texas. His service continued as chief of counterterrorism and national security in the U.S. Attorney’s Office before he was elected to Congress in 2004.
The Application Developers Alliance recently unveiled a set of six principles to serve as our Internet of Things north star. The principles provide a foundation from which we at the Alliance will scrutinize laws and regulations in the IoT arena. Similarly, we hope policymakers will use these principles when considering measures that could potentially harm the robust innovation that plays a critical role in the economy and our everyday lives. The principles outlined below were developed in collaboration with Alliance members — those on the ground floor who are responsible for creating the new and transformative products and services that are coming online every day.
The technology industry is growing faster than any other and having a positive and far-reaching influence on the world. The products and services software developers are creating and the data that powers them are making our lives healthier, safer, and more prosperous. Unfortunately, that same innovation and excitement is too often met with trepidation — or even confusion — in the halls of Congress.
As the expression goes, it’s important that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. Optimal outcomes depend on multiple entities working in tandem. For developers, that means collaborating with industry experts to integrate cutting edge technologies into an existing marketplace. For example, developers work hand-in-hand with the media to change the way news is delivered, with retailers to change the way people shop, and with artists and agents to change the way people listen to music and watch movies. Developers are literally transforming the world around us.
For some time now, thinkers, corporate executives and other influentials have made it a point to compare data to oil. The thought process, presumably, in this analogy is that the revolution data is driving is akin to the one Texas tea kicked off in the latter half of the 19th-century. There is no denying data’s transformative powers, but comparing it to oil is selling it short. A more appropriate comparison would be to the sun. The sun is, after all, the most important source of energy for life on Earth.
Home to many of the world’s most iconic technology companies, California is a global breeding ground for innovation. Representative Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), whose Congressional district is based in Orange County, understands that the work of software developers drives the 21st century economy. Representative Walters is working hard to use her business experience to foster an environment conducive to investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Nearly nine out of ten people in the United States have internet access, and by 2020, there will be more than 50 million connected devices worldwide. Already available in the marketplace are wearable devices that can detect breast cancer in skin cells, connected toilets that can measure blood pressure and glucose levels, biochips that can identify water contaminants, and even disposable adult diapers with sensors that send a text message to nursing staff when the diaper is ready to be changed. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how we live our lives by the minute, but in order to realize its full potential, our country must develop a national strategy to plan for its future. Such a plan will enable developers to capitalize on IoT potential, and ensure the United States remains an innovative hub that encourages bright minds and fosters new ideas.
American consumers and businesses face countless risks every day from cyber thieves and other bad actors who hope to steal their money, data, and more. These high-tech con artists shake consumer confidence and are a danger to industry growth and our economy. In fact, a 2013 McAfee report indicates that malicious cyber activity costs the U.S. economy up to $120 billion, and $1 trillion globally.