Bright future for driverless cars

Almost every recent model car offers more technology to make a run to the grocery store than the Apollo astronauts had to land on the moon in 1969.


Challenges for future auto safety technology

Imagine a world where cars are equipped with technology that will give drivers the ability to see pedestrians around blind curves and warn drivers of hidden obstacles. This world may not be as far off as you might think. In fact, Toyota and other auto companies are already leading the way in developing new connected car technology, supported by “dedicated short-range communication” (DSRC), which actually allows vehicles to communicate with each other to detect and avoid safety hazards.


Google can't have it both ways on intellectual property

Google, by all accounts, is seen as a great American success story. From its roots as a part-time project of two Stanford students to its present-day standing as one of the titans of the Internet, Google has projected itself as the epitome of ingenuity and the ultimate embodiment of the startup mentality.


Private investments kickstart innovation

Investing in R&D is key to America’s economic future as well as America’s ability to forge solutions to our nation’s most pressing needs.  Both our large and small businesses are leading the world in innovative research, and it is vital that Congress keeps the U.S. on the cutting edge of scientific research and discovery.  Supporting small business innovators is critical to this effort.


Patent troll poster child

Lodsys is a company that doesn’t make anything. It doesn’t sell anything. It doesn’t provide any services, it doesn’t have any customers, and, so far as we know, it doesn’t have many employees.


The cost of the Internet: Our freedom

Last week I visited the U.S. capital and had the pleasure of meeting so many people – members of Congress, leaders of technology corporations and associations, concerned citizens - who understand the Internet risks of today.


Government must lead the way on structured data

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will vote Wednesday on a bill to open up the government's spending data.

The bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, directs the Treasury Department to transform the government's tangled web of financial, grant, and procurement reports from disconnected documents into structured data, then publish the whole corpus online.


Patent Reform 2.0

The first major patent reform legislation in years is only two years old, yet the patent system remains plagued by wasteful litigation that is harmful to innovation.  Fortunately, new patent reform legislation addressing these problems is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill.