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Countries should not restrict the flow of data beyond their own borders. Doing so does not protect consumers or businesses in any meaningful way from the risk of inadvertent or voluntary disclosures.
The United States should engage its trade partners in developing a “Geneva Convention on the Status of Data” that establishes international legal standards for government access to data.
Reform national laboratory systems to better support clean energy innovation. In the United States the Department of Energy National Laboratory system needs to better link federally funded research to the market to accelerate commercialization.
Adopt a common definition for trade secrets: any information that has economic value (actual or potential), is not generally known to the public, and for which the trade secret owner has taken reasonable measures to keep private.
Allow companies participating in pre-competitive research to freely transfer ownership and access rights for IP to foundation affiliates across and between the European Union and the United States.
Congress should reorganize the U.S. Postal Service to open up all but “last mile” mail delivery to private competition and drastically reduce the size of the agency to meet the realities of the digital age.
Congress should create a “name and shame” program to discourage legitimate companies from providing services to spammers and other cybercriminals.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative should work with international agencies and foreign governments to support international efforts to combat spam, including working to include strong cybersecurity measures in all trade agreements currently being negotiated.
Congress should increase resources for enforcement actions against cybercriminals, especially those engaging in practices that facilitate spam or otherwise harm consumers and businesses.
Congress should recognize spam as one part of the larger cybersecurity problem and increase funding for the development and deployment of comprehensive cybersecurity countermeasures, including best practices in the private sector to a) increase the use of effective anti-spam technology, b) Combat botnets and bullet proof hosting, and c) reduce misuse of affiliate marketing programs
Congress should establish international transparency requirements so that it is clear what information U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based companies are disclosing to both domestic and foreign governments.
The National Security Administration needs to proactively set the record straight about what information it does and does not have access to and how this level of access compares to other countries. To do this effectively, it needs to continue to declassify information about the PRISM program and allow companies to reveal more details about what information has been requested of them by the...
The Labs system is integral to the United States federal research enterprise, representing nearly $20 billion in annual public research dollars. However, as the pace of innovation has accelerated and the complexity of national challenges has increased, the national laboratory system has not kept stride. Significant reforms are required to better catalyze innovation in the 21st century economy.
The current management of the National Laboratory system is diffuse and disorganized, reducing the overall effectiveness of the system. Consolidating a majority of the labs under one office will improve oversight and strategic development.
Redirecting revenues from drilling to invest in the future of clean energy offers a bipartisan solution to expanding the nation's energy supply while also creating a long-term solution to global warming. These policy changes could create up to $1 billion in new revenue, which would be directed to an Energy Innovation Trust Fund to support the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects...