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SIIA Asks President Obama to Focus on Five Tech Priorities: Data-Driven Innovation, Digital Trade, IP Protection, Strong Encryption and Ed Tech
Washington D.C. (January 8, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today sent a letter to President Obama in advance of his 2016 State of the Union Address. In the letter, SIIA calls out what it believes should be the nation’s top technology policy priorities including the promotion of data-driven innovation, increased digital trade, protection of intellectual property rights, strong encryption, and competitive digital education.
U.S. tech companies drive innovation and provide products and services that fuel economic growth, trade, and job creation. In its letter to President Obama, SIIA says that, in order to ensure continued American technological leadership, the Administration should to adopt the following policies as part of its 2016 technology policy agenda.
- Foster Data-Driven Innovation – U.S. policies must promote the social and economic value of the “Internet of Things” and data-driven innovation.
- Increase Digital Trade – The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework must be finalized and new trade agreements should build upon the data flow provisions in the TPP Agreement.
- Preserve Intellectual Property Rights – The Administration and Congress must work together to seek patent litigation reform, and finally pass effective legislation this year.
- Support Strong Encryption – The Administration should maintain support for strong encryption and reject policies that would require or encourage companies to weaken these technologies.
- Promote Advanced Digital Technology in Education – Education policies must be forward-looking and maintain a competitive market for school instructional materials. The Administration must work with Congress to ensure adequate funding for the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment Block Grant.
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.