JAN 13, 2020 | US
BSA Expanding Into State Capitols
Politico Morning Tech, January 13, 2020
By Alexandra Levine
States' increasing role in shaping national tech policy is having an impact on one major trade association: BSA | The Software Alliance is expanding into state capitols.
The Washington, DC-based advocacy group, which represents firms like Intel, Oracle, Microsoft, Slack and IBM, has tapped Tom Foulkes to serve as senior director of state advocacy, a role that will see him lobby state governments on issues like privacy, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. He joins from the Entertainment Software Association, where he has lobbied for the video game industry since 2011 as vice president of state government affairs.
"As states move forward on issues that impact software, it's important for BSA to engage with state policymakers to help craft smart, effective long-term solutions that provide a high standard of protection for consumer rights," Victoria Espinel, the association's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。