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SIIA Announces Commitment to Data-Driven Innovation as a Top Policy Priority in 2013

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SIIA Announces Commitment to Data-Driven Innovation as a Top Policy Priority in 2013

Tech Group Outlines Legislative Priorities for Year Ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 17, 2013) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Government Affairs Council met Wednesday to outline the organization’s policy priorities for 2013.  In addition to identifying the specific initiatives it will pursue in the year ahead, SIIA and its member companies expressed a commitment to making data-driven innovation a top policy priority in the year ahead.  The SIIA Government Affairs Council includes: Reed Elsevier, IBM, Adobe, Cengage, Dow Jones, Intuit,  Kaplan, Kiplinger, Google, McGraw Hill Education, McGraw Hill Financial, Oracle, Pearson, Red Hat, SAS, and Thomson Reuters.

At the conclusion of the meeting, SIIA President Ken Wasch commented:

“A key theme unifying the work of SIIA on behalf of its members is an increased focus on advancing the effective collection and positive use of data.  It is essential that public policy recognizes that innovation and business strategies are increasingly driven by data.  Importantly, data-driven innovation not only holds the promise of advancing economic opportunity and jobs, but of providing tremendous consumer and societal benefits.

“With so much at stake, SIIA is committed to actively promoting the economic and social value of data-driven innovation.  Our efforts will involve direct outreach to legislators, along with a White Paper that includes recommendations for policymakers and governments.  Our goal is to make certain that public policy helps enable the tremendous societal and economic benefits of data-driven innovation.

“With members in both technology and information services, SIIA is uniquely positioned to highlight and address the public policy issues that arise from the increased salience of data-driven innovation. We began to focus more strongly on this issue in 2012, and it will be an even more important part of our work in 2013.”

SIIA also announced its general tech policy priorities for 2013, along with policy priorities in the areas of: intellectual property; public sector IT, and; education technology.

Technology Policy Priorities

  • Promote and enable the economic and social value of data-driven innovation, including through a White Paper with recommendations for policymakers and governments.
  • Actively support voluntary, enforceable codes of conduct to provide enhanced data privacy protections, and oppose legislative and regulatory proposals that lack the flexibility to accommodate rapid technological innovation.
  • Promote policies around the world that facilitate cross-border data flows, and develop interoperable legal frameworks that help to advance global implementation of cloud computing.
  • Promote critical cybersecurity policies, in the U.S. and around the world, that will help the public and private sectors work together to more effectively mitigate this threat, without stifling innovation.

Intellectual Property Priorities

  • Protect the economic interests and creative rights of software and content publishers by responding as appropriate to the Supreme Court opinion in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. and any other cases, policies or legislation relating to the copyright law’s first sale exception/exhaustion principle that may unduly limit their ability to license and control the distribution of their software and content products
  • Encourage economic growth and innovation by working for further reform of the patent system to address the ongoing problem of patent trolls, including measures to restrict asymmetric discovery burdens.
  • Monitor the ICANN’s domain name expansion process with the goal of enhancing and strengthening online transparency and accountability by working to ensure that domain name and IP address Whois databases remain publicly accessible, accurate, and reliable, as key tools to combat online infringement of copyrights and trademarks, and other fraudulent or criminal acts online.
  • Actively monitor for, and act upon as necessary, hearings, legislative or regulatory copyright reform proposals in the United States and abroad, such as issues relating to orphan works, library exceptions and piracy, to ensure that they advance and do not adversely affect the copyright interests of SIIA members.
  • Oppose changes to the CFAA that would unduly limit the ability of SIIA members to deter and prevent unauthorized access – and access that exceeds authorized access to databases, subscription services and cloud services.
  • Ensure that any international treaty relating to copyright exceptions for the blind and visually impaired that may be adopted by WIPO includes adequate safeguards to protect the copyright interests of SIIA’s publishers.

Public Sector IT Priorities

  • Encourage Administration IT initiatives for federal agencies to be more open, transparent and efficient, delivering better services to citizens, while reducing the overall cost of government.  Information Technology has and will continue to play a role in the Federal government’s effort to deliver better services to citizens, while reducing the overall cost of government.
  • Support a continuation of the effort to move agencies to cloud, consolidate the existing data center infrastructure and better leverage government data.
  • Advocate for key administration initiatives that support the overall mission of the SIIA Public Sector Innovation Group including:  Cloud First, Big Data, Data Center Consolidation, Digital Government/Mobile, and FedRAMP.
  • Support reasonable reform of the Federal acquisition process, which needs to change to keep pace with the rapid pace of technology.
  • Intervene to support member interest in the legislative consideration of the proposal by Chairman Daryl Issa to reform federal IT acquisition, which will serve as a basis for a broader discussion around the need to improve IT acquisition to keep pace with technology in 2013.

Ed Tech Priorities

  • Seek increased investment in education technology and its integration into teaching and learning, including to personalize learning for each student.
  • Reform outdated regulations in favor of 21st Century e-learning policies, especially the shift from seat-time to anytime, everywhere competency-based learning.
  • Support education technology research and development through government-industry partnership, not government competition with the private sector.
  • Support the value of the for-profit sector in providing education products and services to public schools, agencies and institutions.
  • Encourage targeted STEM education, training and other workforce development policies to meet the economy’s needs for a skilled high-tech workforce.
  • Actively translate public policies, programs and regulations into actionable market intelligence for SIIA members.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit


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