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A How-To Guide for States to Spark Innovation

March 1, 2016 During Arizona’s state of the state address, Gov. Doug Ducey sent a warning to his neighboring state to the west: California, we are coming after your startups. “Arizona should be to the sharing economy, what Texas is to oil and what Silicon Valley used to be to the tech industry,”...

Driverless Cars: Here’s What the Obama Administration Should Do Next

December 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times best-selling books, "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses" and "The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore...

Vetoed Drone Legislation the Right Step for Growing Industry

September 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association and author of “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses” and “The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream.” His views are his own. Connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro. Brian Wynne is...

A Broken Immigration System and Patent Trolls are Stifling Tech Innovation

January 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Innovative ideas are the lifeblood of the American Dream, the engine that drives our nation’s economy. As such, we must do everything we can to empower innovators by attracting top talent and creating fertile and supportive environments for businesses to grow. The tech industry has a critical role to play,...

Commentary: It’s Time for Congress to Take on Patent Trolls

August 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Innovation is the backbone of the American Dream. Our nation has always encouraged entrepreneurs to turn their inventive and problem-solving ideas into the successful enterprises that drive our economy and create jobs. But in recent years, unethical lawyers have latched onto that success like parasites, draining businesses -- especially startups...

Op-Ed: Don’t Let Privacy Concerns Stifle Innovation

June 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet is a powerful network connecting people to news, facts and other information. Increasingly, however, the prominence of “smart” Internet-connected devices is moving us closer to an “Internet of Things” -- a network of people, places and devices. The Internet of Things has jaw-dropping implications for our everyday lives....

Commentary: Government Purchasing Power Should Encourage Innovation

February 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an era when our federal government must find ways to do more with less, Congress is right to focus on how our government buys and uses technology. Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to discuss major pending reforms that would revitalize federal information...

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