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Trade and Opening Global Markets

Trade and Opening Global Markets

Data services rely on the ability to transfer data across borders. Some countries are pursuing data localization requirements or other restrictions on data transfers. These policies chill innovation. BSA supports:

  • the Privacy Shield for trans-Atlantic data transfers;
  • eliminating non-competitive country-specific market barriers for IT products and services;
  • strong data flow commitments among trading partners; and
  • Urging trading partners to reject arbitrary geographic restrictions and requirements for data-storage facilities

In addition, opening markets requires trade rules and policies that ensure government procurement is open to foreign products and services, technology standards are developed through industry-led processes, and security-related regulations are not used as disguised barriers to foreign products.

 

BSA Digital Trade Agenda

BSA has developed key elements of a trade agreement for the modern economy, set forth in Modernizing Digital Trade: An Agenda for Software. We urge a well constructed and modern trade agreement that includes truly 21st century obligations that drive job creation, competitiveness, and innovation.

 

Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

Jobs in the software industry are growing faster than the US can fill them. Software is also generating new jobs across many different sectors that require an array of new skills. Both the government and the private sector have important roles in implementing policies that will prepare today’s workers and the next generation for the jobs software creates.

BSA released a workforce policy agenda to highlight focus areas for policymakers and business leaders in all industries, including STEM education, workforce retraining, alternative education programs, access to technology, and responsible immigration policy.

BSA’s 2017 EU Policy Agenda

BSA’s EU Policy Agenda outlines the software industry’s 2017 priority policy areas. The continuation of Privacy Shield as well as policies that reward innovation, ensure cross-border data movements and streamline regulations will expand society’s access to the many benefits of software.

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