TechNet Agenda Needs Rearranging, Says Blogger

Lora Bentley

TechNet presented its 2008 innovation agenda to government officials during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, according to a press release. The bipartisan group of executives from top technology companies lobbies lawmakers to improve the state of innovation.

This year, the group places a high premium on:

  • improving "green technology" and protecting the environment.
  • improving math and science education to increase the number of students receiving degrees in those fields.
  • increasing the number of H-1B visas available and changing the "employment-based" green card process so the U.S. can attract skilled staffers.
  • increasing funding and establishing a permanent tax credit for basic research and development.

Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, patent litigation reforms, and work on trade and diplomacy and broadband and Internet policies were farther down the list.


ZDNet blogger Tom Foremski says he doesn't disagree with the content of the agenda, but he thinks TechNet's priorities are a little out of whack. The "most significant issues" he says, are the ones TechNet put near the bottom.


First, the government should work to increase consumer access to the Internet and to impose "a permanent Internet tax moratorium." The second priority should be reducing the burden that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act places on small business, thereby mimimizing the "cooling effect" the act has on innovation. Third and fourth, in Forenski's opinion, should be a focus on patent litigation reform and improving trade policy.

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Mar 18, 2008 9:23 AM Gerard Hallaren Gerard Hallaren  says:
Sarbanes Oxley should drop in priority for IT departments. Audit Standard 5 does not require any where near the IT effort of Audit Standard 2. To me Sarbox spending is a big opportunity to save dollars rather than spend them. Reply

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