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SIIA Supports Infrastructure Investment in Broadband

$1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill invests in roads, bridges and bridging the digital divide

(August 3, 2021) – Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) President and CEO Jeff Joseph issued the following statement today regarding the $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill:

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is a wise and needed investment that will benefit America today and help us build for our future. This legislation is more than building bridges, it’s about building opportunity across America. 

“Broadband is infrastructure. SIIA enthusiastically supports expanding broadband into rural and underserved communities and planning for how to deploy broadband to bring new educational and vocational opportunities to learners previously left behind.

“Our members rely on broadband to deliver educational opportunities; connect educators with learners and bring the latest technology to students who are often left behind. Moreover, broadband is a necessary tool for our members who deliver critical information, data and content to drive growth and innovation in finance, healthcare and myriad business sectors. 

“Finally, the bill also addresses the need to rebuild our nation’s physical infrastructure to allow for the movement of goods, publications, and supply chains. 

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is an investment in America’s future. Congress must move this forward and begin crucial investments in closing the digital divide and upgrading our highways, air transport systems, bridges and more that provide the backbone of our economy.”  

Jeff Joseph is the president of SIIA, an association that acts as the voice for the specialized information industry whose members provide the critical data, content and information that drives the global economy.

About SIIA:

SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes – they drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

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SIIA Expresses Support For National Deepfake and Digital Provenance Task Force

SIIA Expresses Support For National Deepfake and Digital Provenance Task Force
New Legislation A Critical First Step to Combat Digital Forgeries 

Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2021) – Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) President and CEO Jeff Joseph issued the following statement today regarding the Deepfake Task Force Act introduced today by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI):

“The bipartisan Deep Fake Task Force Act introduced today is a critical step toward combating the scourge of so-called deep fakes – an abuse of artificial intelligence to create realistic-looking fake media. The goal is simple and important: Establish a National Deepfake and Digital Provenance Task Force to explore ways to verify digital content and begin to create and implement a national strategy to address the growing threat of digital content forgeries.  

“Our members include trusted sources that provide an array of accurate, beneficial information that helps fuel business, drive financial markets and improve outcomes in education and healthcare. The spread of misinformation presents a legitimate threat not only to our member organizations but to our democracy itself, eroding public trust in our institutions and communications channels. This proposed legislation seeks to create a government partnership with the private sector to leverage expertise on both sides to fight misinformation, using the ability of the government to convene experts across different sectors. This strategic partnership is both pro-innovation and pro-democracy.

“Trust in facts is a cornerstone of American democracy and a free and open society. Disinformation and distrust of the media have been major contributors to our socially, politically and economically polarized culture. Our society cannot function without accurate information and the fundamental ability to trust what we are seeing, hearing and watching. The spread of misinformation is real and it is harmful. We support this landmark effort to begin to restore trust. 

About SIIA:

SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes – they drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

 

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Associations Council: Innovative Approaches to Revenue Development

The pandemic has pushed associations to rethink many of the non-dues revenue assumptions by which they had long operated, forcing a new level of innovation and experimentation. The print-digital dichotomy was redefined—in both directions. Conferences went virtual. Exhibit halls were a non-starter. And yet many associations thrived, pioneering new approaches using tools such as sponsored webinars, sponsored content, more reliance on outsourced sales teams, and more. Here’s a look not only at what worked and what didn’t, but also at how the non-dues revenue efforts of associations have changed permanently—for the better.

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Ed Tech Industry Shares Pandemic Best Practices with U.S. Department of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ed Tech Industry Shares Pandemic Best Practices with U.S. Department of Education
Learnings after the pandemic transformed education will improve industry’s future

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2021)— The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the only trade association for the education technology industry, is publishing a series of case studies illustrating best practices and critical learnings after a year that changed education forever. The case studies elevating best practices will be submitted to the US Department of Education as part of their Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices ClearingHouse. Leading up to that report, SIIA will be launching new case studies each week, the first goes live today.

“When the pandemic hit, the entire education system worldwide was shuttered. Educators, students, and their parents were thrust into a moment of profound uncertainty. Virtually overnight the ed tech industry responded by building emergency remote learning,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph.

“Within days, we worked with the White House on launching Tech for Learners, an important online resource for education. Now we’re working with our members on sharing insights, learnings and best practices of their transformation benefiting hundreds of millions of students and workers.”

Schools weren’t the only affected, millions of workers were suddenly unemployed and in need of reskilling opportunities as their old jobs disappeared for good. These case studies provide critical insights to how the industry responded in an historic event, connecting, educating and closing the gap for the most in-need and at-risk students and will be used to guide the industry in future response efforts. For more information or to read the case studies, please visit www.siia.net/education.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide criticalinformation that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes.

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SIIA Statement on Biden EO Regarding Competition

The following statement is attributed to SIIA President Jeff Joseph regarding President Biden’s signing of the Promoting Competition in the American Economy Executive Order:

“While we appreciate and welcome the administration’s efforts to ensure U.S markets remain competitive and open to new entrants, SIIA joins the growing chorus of trade associations, private and public companies, and other entities in expressing our concerns about this Executive Order. Specifically, we are concerned elements of this order will have the unintended impact of undermining U.S. global leadership in technological innovation, stifle our nation’s competitiveness, and have ripple effects across business sectors in part by discouraging the investments needed to promote new services, products and businesses.

“We look forward to working with the administration to ensure this measure and its implementation allows for input from industry and other stakeholders as we pursue our shared goals or promoting competition, ensuring continued innovation and economic growth, and providing value and choice to consumers, customers, and investors.”