FEB 03, 2021 | US
Inclusive Economic Opportunity Is Focus of BSA’s 2021 US Policy Agenda
Responsible tech policies can extend the benefits of software, support economic recovery
WASHINGTON – February 3, 2021 – BSA | The Software Alliance today released its 2021 US Policy Agenda, outlining nine key areas where the new Congress and Administration can take action to promote equity, expand opportunity, and bolster recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has highlighted and deepened gaps in wealth, education, and digital access. As we struggle to address the impacts of the pandemic, inclusive economic growth must be top of mind. The software industry supports 14.4 million jobs across every industry sector, and those jobs are growing outside traditional tech hubs. But many people cannot access these opportunities because training programs and internet access are not available where they live,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “At the same time, collaboration tools powered by software have unlocked the unprecedented ability to work, learn, and connect from anywhere in the world. BSA stands ready to partner with industry and government to ensure everyone can tap into the promise of the remote economy. We’re also eager to work with policymakers on a host of bipartisan tech policies that will make the US more innovative, secure, and prosperous.”
BSA looks forward to working with the new Congress and Administration in 2021 to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including:
- Inclusive Economic Opportunity: All Americans deserve access to the opportunities that software and digital services provide. Government and industry should work together to improve access to STEM, cybersecurity and computer science education; enhance alternative pathways to the tech workforce; and expand broadband access.
- Real Data Privacy: A clear, modernized federal data privacy framework is key to ensure consistent and high privacy standards throughout the US. BSA urges Congress to enact privacy legislation with robust consumer rights, obligations for companies that reflect their role in handling consumer data, and strong enforcement.
- Smart and Strong Cybersecurity: Recent cyberattacks have laid bare the need for robust cybersecurity practices to keep critical infrastructure, consumer devices, and enterprise technologies safe. Government and industry must partner to encourage interoperability and the use of open standards in 5G networks, ensure supply chain management based on transparent and risk-based data, and promote best practices for secure software development.
- International Data Agreements and Digital Trade: Strong, enforceable digital trade rules and international data agreements keep US companies competitive. The US should develop trade agreements that enable digital trade and prevent unnecessary data restrictions, develop an enhanced US-EU Privacy Shield, and ensure digital trade controls avoid unintended consequences.
- Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence: To maintain global leadership in AI development, BSA calls on the US to develop consensus-based standards and industry-led best practices, modernize open data policies, and enhance research and development.
- Preventing the Proliferation of Harmful Online Content: As policymakers consider whether Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act provides the right incentives to achieve its intended purpose, BSA urges them to consider the impacts of any changes on a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
- Reset Immigration Policies: The US should adopt responsible and balanced immigration policies to facilitate access to foreign talent and help keep jobs in the US. BSA calls on policymakers to strengthen the H-1B visa program, increase the accessibility of employment-based green cards, and make DACA protections permanent.
- Intellectual Property Protection: To drive innovation, the US should have technology-neutral patent protection, support copyright laws that protect the rights of creators, and preserve the balanced framework from Section 512 of the DMCA.
- Law Enforcement Access to Data: BSA stands ready to work with the law enforcement and technology communities to enable lawful access to digital evidence in ways that preserve cyber defenses and reinforce constitutional privacy protections.
To learn more about the tech industry’s policy commitments, read BSA’s full 2021 Policy Agenda here.
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。