June 2012

The State of Tech Policy: Priorities and Politics

Tech, like so many other communities, has a long list of Congressional bills that they'd like to see some movement on this year. In what is likely to be one of the most expensive hyper-partisan election seasons we've ever seen,... Continue Reading

Why Tech Policy Isn't Just for High Tech

It's hard to find an industry that hasn't being transformed by advances in technology. Whether it's because of the digitizing of information or the pervasiveness of mobile phones, technology has become everybody's business. As a result, tech policy is a... Continue Reading

The Fight Against SOPA/PIPA and the Rise of the 'Bitroots Movement'

The protests against the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) earlier this year have been referred to as a "Nerd Spring" that spurred everyday Netizens into action. While not everyone agrees with... Continue Reading

Using Technology to Empower Civic Engagement

Social media and other technologies have changed the way people connect and communicate with one another - and now the power of those platforms is being leveraged to enable greater citizen involvement in the political process. Hear from some of... Continue Reading

Looking Ahead: Intellectual Property and Innovation

What is the future of digital copyright post-SOPA/PIPA? What are the lessons learned from the recent battle over those bills? How can the content and technology communities collaborate, and what will happen to the debate over IP rights and piracy... Continue Reading

Online Intermediaries and the Platform Economy

What responsibility do online intermediaries have for content and apps that are delivered via their platforms, and what are the implications for digital privacy and copyright? What kind of policing should app stores do and what type of limitations should... Continue Reading

The Government's Role in Improving Private Sector Cybersecurity

Despite agreement about the benefits of increasing cybersecurity, there's been disagreement over the best approach to take in order to make the Internet more secure. Most recently, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA) legislation, which passed... Continue Reading

Privacy Regulation in the U.S.: Developing a Framework for Protecting Consumers and Promoting Innovation

Recent reports by the White House and the Federal Trade Commission have recommended steps that the private sector can take to protect consumer privacy, while also calling on Congress to pass baseline privacy legislation. We'll review the key tenets of... Continue Reading

Looking Ahead: Investing in America's Competitiveness

What investments do we need to make now to create the next generation of innovation in the United States? From increasing the supply of skilled workers through better STEM education and smarter immigration policies to revitalizing manufacturing, how can the... Continue Reading

Tech Policy in the Trenches: The Small Business Perspective

How do entrepreneurs and developers who, by necessity, need to be more focused on building products and finding customers keep up with what's happening in D.C.? What policy issues matter most to young companies, and what can be done to... Continue Reading