Emerging technologies, like ride-sharing services, are providing consumers with more options, often at a lower cost, than ever before. We work with policymakers to prevent prescriptive legislation and regulation that hinder the growth of emerging industries.
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.
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.
As one of four Commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Terrell McSweeny plays an important role in protecting consumers. Since being appointed as a Commissioner in April 2014, Commissioner McSweeny has already left her mark as a thoughtful policy leader on issues important to developers like data use and innovation, security, encryption, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Commissioner McSweeny’s deep policy experience, including as an advisor to President Obama and Vice President Biden on areas including innovation and intellectual property, make her uniquely suited for her role as Commissioner.
As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Steve Chabot guides a committee focused on issues affecting Main Street businesses across America. Working tirelessly as advocates for entrepreneurs, Chairman Chabot and his committee handle a variety of issues including access to capital, healthcare, technology, and international trade – issues that are deeply personal to the more than 36,000 individual app developers and nearly 200 startups the Alliance represents. Chairman Chabot’s genial “can-do” attitude, coupled with his belief in nurturing small businesses and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit, are what make him such an effective voice for developers in Congress.
There are few areas growing as quickly and creating as many questions as the sharing economy. The term appeared in our vernacular just a decade ago, but has transformed the way we catch a ride, find a place to stay, borrow tools, and more.
Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber are loved by consumers around the globe for the convenience they provide in getting around town. But, these services and their competitors often face regulatory challenges and opposition from traditional car services, which slows innovation and leaves consumers with fewer choices.
The California State Assembly will consider Assembly Bill 2293, a measure that would impose new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies. The bill would stifle growth of the ridesharing industry and harm innovation in California.