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It’s Common Sense: Any Encryption Solution Needs to Consider All Sides

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:10

Encryption is increasingly at the core of modern business operations and personal communications, underpinning financial transactions, critical infrastructure network security, personal text messages and emails, and sensitive military technologies. Yet, while hundreds of millions of global citizens depend on encryption for security and privacy, criminal actors take advantage of the technology to obscure their activity. … Read More >>

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Promoting Good Data Security Practices to Reduce the Risk of Data Breaches

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:26

Today, I testified about data security breaches before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Prompted by a rash of high-profile data breaches, the hearing examined ways to reform current federal and state data security regulations to help close gaps and reduce vulnerabilities. The hearing was also an opportunity to discuss … Read More >>

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Software Policy Priorities Look to the Future

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:01

The start of the new year gives us all a valuable opportunity to think ahead, and that includes Congress.  What can be accomplished?  What impact can be made now to have a lasting impact for years to come?  As every sector of the economy, and businesses of all sizes, increasingly use software in nearly everything … Read More >>

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Artificial Intelligence: How Can We Better Prepare for the Future?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:59

Yesterday, I testified about artificial intelligence (AI) before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. The hearing examined the benefits and challenges of AI in today’s digital economy, how to build trust in AI systems, and steps the US government can take to remain a leader in AI. I focused on … Read More >>

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The Reasons Why Michigan and Indiana Win With Software

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:15

In late September, the BSA Foundation released a study that quantified the economic impact of software throughout the United States. The report tracked state-by-state changes in growth, jobs, and GDP. The good news is that the study finds software is helping grow the economy of every single state, but the surging numbers in some … Read More >>

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Why We’re #ThankfulForSoftware

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:37

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to reflect on what we’re thankful for. At BSA, our first answer is always software. We never cease to be amazed by how software improves our lives, both on a personal level and as a global community. One of the most impactful ways software … Read More >>

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Blockchain: Understanding a Software Technology That Will Advance New Solutions

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 23:02

The term “blockchain” – like cloud computing and IoT before it – keeps cropping up in new and different settings, yet few people still truly understand its operations or allure. Blockchain, most often linked to the digital currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum, serves as the foundation for many less publicized, but no less potentially valuable applications. … Read More >>

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