Earlier this year, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law a bill that directs the Board of Education to re-evaluate high school graduation requirements in an attempt to provide the "knowledge and skills that students should attain during high school in order to be successful contributors to the economy of the Commonwealth." Another bill signed by the Governor now makes it easier for industry professionals to earn temporary teaching credentials to attract more career and technical teachers to the classroom.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, has released a 14-page position paper outlining her technology platform. Five broad themes help frame Secretary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation. These five themes include goals that, if achieved, would support the developer workforce.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has long been dedicated to public service, and has established himself as a well-regarded policymaker on innovation and security issues. He began his career as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, and later served as deputy attorney general for the state of Texas. His service continued as chief of counterterrorism and national security in the U.S. Attorney’s Office before he was elected to Congress in 2004.
The Application Developers Alliance recently unveiled a set of six principles to serve as our Internet of Things north star. The principles provide a foundation from which we at the Alliance will scrutinize laws and regulations in the IoT arena. Similarly, we hope policymakers will use these principles when considering measures that could potentially harm the robust innovation that plays a critical role in the economy and our everyday lives. The principles outlined below were developed in collaboration with Alliance members — those on the ground floor who are responsible for creating the new and transformative products and services that are coming online every day.
As the expression goes, it’s important that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. Optimal outcomes depend on multiple entities working in tandem. For developers, that means collaborating with industry experts to integrate cutting edge technologies into an existing marketplace. For example, developers work hand-in-hand with the media to change the way news is delivered, with retailers to change the way people shop, and with artists and agents to change the way people listen to music and watch movies. Developers are literally transforming the world around us.