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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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Develop ExpertNet for government to take advantage of outside experts

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   59 99 160
Sorry to say, ExpertNet exists and it's called "K Street."
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Reform government procurement to include reverse auctions for goods and services

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   59 99 160
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Encourage use of non-exclusive licenses by amending the Bayh-Dole and Stevenson-Wydler Act to introduce an explicit government preference for non-exclusive licenses. Without banning the use of exclusive licenses, an explicit preference in the letter of the law increases the power of agencies to promote wider use of patents and turns the weight-of-proof on the licensees who must justify their need for an exclusive patent.

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   59 99 160
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Establish standards for reasonable deidentification, and a streamlined process for assessing risk and potential benefit.

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Reduce forced intellectual technology transfers to foreign countries as a condition for foreign investment

response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Masnick (22,930 points)   59 99 160
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Eliminate the Federal Department of Education, granting greater state control of k-12 as well as Higher Education. Thus promoting real and true interstate competition in education.
response added Aug 13, 2012 by Zachary Knight (340 points)   1 1 4
Education innovation could indeed be spurred by decentralizing decision-making about how education is delivered.
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Rationalize transport security; end security theater, including the TSA.
response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Linksvayer (1,430 points)   1 4 11
I am totally in favor of this and work on it all the time, but it is not an innovation issue.
@mlinksva What's the specific complaint with the current system?

Curiously, news reports recently found most folks are happier with the recent TSA improvements.
@jimharperdc innovation seems to be interpreted really broadly in this forum. How abut innovators being reticent to do business in the US?
@anon_e "the water is warm, come on in", said the frog in the pot.
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The layout of this page has skewed the weight of the ranking system toward the items in the top of the list. I don't believe casual passers by are going to take time to scroll the entire list. If the outcome of the rankings is going to be used in any formal capacity then there should be a different layout. At the very least, the order of the list needs to be randomized per user upon visiting the page so that all of the items receive equal attention.
response added Aug 13, 2012 by Ben Jenkins (360 points)   2
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Eliminate "human DRM" federally, aligning non-compete and related policies in all states with California's.
response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Linksvayer (1,430 points)   1 4 11
@mlinksva This is an important one.  I've highlighted research in the past about the importance of doing away with non-competes, and how much of an impact that has on innovation:
@mmasnick yes I recalled that posting when making this suggestion but didn't bother to look it up. IMO "DRM of human capital" is your best coinage.
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Measure innovation by its social benefits, not by counting rent-seeking activity (patent grants).
response added Aug 13, 2012 by Mike Linksvayer (1,430 points)   1 4 11

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