Consumer trust is paramount to the app industry. Surveillance and the collection of personal data by governments, or bad actors damages our entire industry. We support efforts by companies to employ end-to-end encryption to safeguard consumer’s privacy.
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 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.
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.
In 1986, IBM released its first laptop computer, the 5140 Convertible. For $1,995 (over $4,300 in today’s dollars), consumers could own this 12-pound PC. Thirty years later, in April 2016, HP released the Spectre laptop, one-fifth the weight of its 30-year-old counterpart with 15,000 times more memory for a fraction of the price. Clearly, the digital landscape has changed quite a bit over the last thirty years; unfortunately, some of the laws governing our online communications have not.
Connectivity is changing the world by the minute. People near and far are coming online and experiencing the transformative powers of the internet. In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than 87 percent of the country has internet access. Without question, its far reach is one of the biggest reasons why our country remains the world’s innovation hub.
Now comes the race to use this connectivity to link us, the users, to our “things,” and our “things” to each other. This web of connectivity, or Internet of Things (“IoT”), is rapidly ushering in a new paradigm that is making our lives more convenient, improving our health, increasing operational efficiencies, and so much more.
With expertise in both the public and private sectors, Representative Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) serves the public by promoting economic development, public safety, and homeland security in Congress. Recognizing the importance of technology and its role between these issues, Representative Brooks sponsored a law that reformed a Social Media Working Group in the Department of Homeland Security. The group brings experts from academia and the private sector together to improve social media techniques during emergencies for the benefit of American citizens. She is also a passionate advocate for computer science competency.
A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered Apple to build new software that would effectively weaken encryption security for the iPhone. Tim Cook responded in strong opposition to the order publicly and in a letter to his customers. The result is a showdown between a federal magistrate and one of America's more innovative and trusted technology companies. The showdown has many practical implications, but also forces us to consider three essential questions as consumers, companies, and Americans: can weakening security make us more secure? How much intrusion and oversight are we willing to give the government in the name of protection? And, can the government make an American company build a product it doesn't want to build?
Small businesses and developers around the world are starting to breathe a little easier today. After working diligently over the last few months, EU and U.S. negotiators announced a new agreement on transatlantic data flows. Dubbed “Privacy Shield,” the agreement will ensure innovators can continue to create and improve life-changing products that benefit consumers in both the EU and U.S. While the agreement must still be ok’d by various EU bodies, the news of an initial agreement is an important development nonetheless.