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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)   59 99 160
edited Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick

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Encourage universities to include courses in ethics, sustainability, and poverty in graduate and professional courses.

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   59 99 160
This is vague, education policy is not a federal role, and it doesn't have much to do with innovation.
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Keep unlicensed spectrum to encourage next generation innovation, and consider expanding unlicensed spectrum as new bandwidth becomes available

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Why not simply repurpose spectrum use as obsolete technologies are replaced by new technologies.  Example, analog TV spectrum is now obsolete.
@dannyb easy to say, difficult to implement in practice, as we're seeing with the current spectrum fights.  there are a lot of questions about *how* you re-allocate that spectrum.
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Encourage Small Business Administration and financial institutions to make loans to entrepreneurs and support public-private investment funds.

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Adapt RFP-EZ in government agencies to help small businesses get government contracts

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Increase number of students graduating with STEM degrees 

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Allow more foreign students with STEM graduate degrees to get visas to stay in the United States

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   59 99 160

This is smart policy Mike, and one that has already won bipartisan support. The Startup Act 2.0 reforms high-skilled immigration law in three areas: (1) it creates a new visa and provides a green card for U.S.-educated immigrant students who graduate with a masters or PhD in a STEM field; (2) it creates an entrepreneur’s visa for legal immigrants stay in the U.S. if they create a business that employs American workers; (3) it eliminates the per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visa to provide greater flexibility for American companies to recruit the most talented workers.
Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Marco Rubio teamed up with Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Chris Coons to introduce the Startup Act 2.0 – so there’s bipartisan momentum behind the legislation. And that makes sense: this is pro-entrepreneurship immigration policy that helps the U.S. retains its competitive edge relative to the rest of the world. The fact is we’re in a global battle for talent: if we don’t attract and keep the top immigrant entrepreneurs, those men and women will go off and start businesses in competitor nations that compete against our workers.
These reforms would go a long way to ensuring we remain the world’s most innovative and competitive economy.
For more background on high-skilled immigration and the Startup Act 2.0, here’s an OPED I wrote a couple of months ago:
Thanks for considering!
-Steve Case
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Encourage the formation of patent pools. For instance through tax incentives for the formation of public-interest trusts that control these pools—with boards that include representation from universities and industry, but also from civic organizations, consumer advocates, and labor unions. Also, the government could offer matching grants for re-investment of such revenue in research.

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Allocating grant lines to university consortia, the government could institutionalize joint ownership of patents. Distributed ownership helps distributing the use of the patents across the plurality of needs.

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Amend the march-in rights provision in 35 USC 203 adding the goal of “widespread use” to the goal of “achieve practical application”, hence, allowing agencies greater latitude to use these rights to ameliorate excesses in the pricing of licenses 

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Develop national data breach law to coordinate policies among the 50 states

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This is consumer protection legislation, not a spur to innovation.

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