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Help Create An Innovation Agenda For The Next Administration

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Darrell West of the Governance Studies program of the Brookings Institution is seeking to crowdsource ideas, feedback and insights into how the government can promote an innovation economy.  The results of this effort may go into an eventual report put out by West for new members of the next Administration.  Below this post, we've pre-loaded an initial list of 96 different possible agenda items, as prepared by West, for an innovation agenda, covering a variety of proposals touching on these topics:

  • the building of digital infrastructure
  • the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic development
  • improving productivity in the private and public sectors
  • improving education and workforce development
  • strengthening creativity and invention
  • improving university commercialization
  • improving decision making through data analytics
  • protecting digital assets
  • harmonizing cross-border laws to promote the digital economy
  • promoting socially responsible innovation

Now we need your help:

  1. Read through the list of items listed below this post
  2. Vote (up or down) on the items, based on the priority you believe they deserve
  3. Comment on individual items, with suggestions, thoughts, information, clarifications, etc.
  4. Respond to others' comments and discuss the various ideas being proposed
  5. Add your own items if you feel there are ideas that are lacking from the initial 96 items

Together, we can help shape a powerful agenda for innovation.

initiated Aug 13, 2012 in Economics by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
edited Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick
   

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Provide merit pay and bonuses for secondary school STEM teachers

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
Education policy is not a federal responsibility.
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Develop processes to award higher quality patents that make significant innovations

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
@mmasnick Neutral here as I didn't quite understand this point. Do you mean higher quality patents under the current system? It could help yes but it doesn't address some key patent issues such as independent parties developing the same idea at the same time.
@ninja I didn't come up with them (these were all from Darrell's list) so I can't answer the thinking directly, but I think the point is exactly what you're suggesting: just increase the quality of patents.  The other point you're raising, concerning independent invention is, perhaps, a different possible agenda item.
@mmasnick Understood. Thinking about it, awarding higher quality patents will work in any system. I voted up.
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Encourage training data analytics, data visualization, mapping, video game design, computer science, programming, math, engineering, artificial intelligence, and machine-to-machine communications

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
I encourage all these things. Can I get credit? My point: When will people be able to tell this has been achieved?
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Improve data sharing networks in education, health care, energy, and transportation

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
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Prioritize the ability to extract data from legacy databases to enable use of data across contexts without the expense of new databases.

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
@mmasnick Jargon alert!

Plus again, do we know which data bases we want to extract data from? All of them? If so what cost and expense and humanhours? Which ones are worth saving? And what if they lack any security of access controls? Garbage-in-garbage-out?

More thought needed on this one.
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Promote information sharing through context-specific organizations rather than blanket laws.

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
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Build smart transportation systems that are linked to social media to identify traffic jams, congestion, and empty parking spaces

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
@mmasnick Why is this something the government needs to do? I've already got an app that does this.
@torgamous I think this is more about enabling the data for such apps... the only reason apps like that exist is if the data is available, and they're not available for all transportation systems.
@mmasnick I'm not sure what apps you're using, but Waze just lets its users say where traffic jams, congestion, cops, and the like are. That seems to be working out.

Empty parking spaces would be a neat feature, but I doubt that government intervention is required for that either.
@torgamous crowdsourcing such data is one thing, but there are benefits to having the live data from the system itself be available.  If we admit that public transit is going to be run by the government, it seems reasonable to also suggest that the data be available for app creators.

Re: parking spaces: there's a great test of that going on here in San Francisco, in which the government has set up a system that clearly recognizes when parking spots are full or empty and highlights where you can go.  I could see how that would be a lot more effective than any crowdsourced system.
I think this point is also about data flowing in the *other* direction. The government could crowdsource data from social media to improve its own city planning and transportation strategies by identifying/predicting problems that aren't as visible in their own data.
@torgamous I'm not sure if Waze uses traffic data from Google Maps or Govt sources to help get you out of the traffic but it's yet another way to make the social ratings more accurate and reliable. My understanding and from the comments is that it's more about making such data publicly available and accessible.
The discussion illustrates that we can probably get better systems from local experimentation than from having a federal program to do this.
@jimharperdc I like your thoughts Jim! You and I think alike.

Agree 100% we can probably get better systems from local experimentation than from having a federal program to do this.
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Encourage shared service delivery to overcome the cost and inefficiency of the fragmentation of local government

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Use community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop new training programs

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   58 99 160
Education policy is not a federal domain.
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Encourage women and minorities to study science and technology

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