recommended reading

Software execs plugging into Congress, agencies during annual strategy summit

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP file photo

Executives from more than a dozen major software companies will meet with lawmakers and administration officials this week to push for greater intellectual-property protections, open international markets, and truly global cloud computing.

“The immediate priority in Washington is steering away from the fiscal cliff,” said Robert Holleyman, president of BSA-The Software Alliance. “But everyone’s ultimate concern is sustaining economic growth and recovery—and the software industry has a great deal to contribute.”

BSA’s annual Global Strategy Summit will bring representatives from member companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Oracle, and others to Washington to extol the power of the “digital economy” to a range of lawmakers and administration officials.

On the agenda are meetings with policymakers such as U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel; Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet; and leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, among other officials.

The companies plan to outline three ways to take full advantage of the digital economy: boost IP protections; make international markets more open and fair; and ensure that cloud-computing networks don’t become fractured by a patchwork of international laws.

“The United States needs to work with its trading partners to strengthen intellectual-property rights and eliminate market obstacles that block cloud-era products and services,” Holleyman said.

Executives want U.S. officials to use trade negotiations to ensure that markets are open and that countries respect IP rights. Other items on the agenda will include immigration proposals for high-skilled workers, cybersecurity, and reforms to electronic privacy laws.

“The global software industry is driving rapid evolution in technology,” BSA officials wrote in a draft of the group’s 2013-14 agenda. “To share in the broad economic and social benefits this offers, governments around the world must craft legal frameworks and foster market conditions that encourage innovation and creative enterprise.”

Threatwatch Alert

Network intrusion / Software vulnerability

Hundreds of Thousands of Job Seekers' Information May Have Been Compromised by Hackers

See threatwatch report


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.