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 | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.