While the United States has always been a world leader in technology, public policies have often not kept pace with the rapidly evolving marketplace. For U.S. companies to grow and prosper over the next decade and beyond, Business Roundtable supports globally competitive policy frameworks that foster innovation and facilitate the productive and secure use of information technology.
The United States is currently undergoing an integration of its physical and digital infrastructures, providing U.S. businesses a new “hybrid” platform upon which to innovate and grow. Hybrid infrastructure, or the incorporation of technologies into physical infrastructure, provides a means for the public and private sectors to unlock new economic opportunities, create jobs, and increase quality of life.
Although hybrid infrastructure presents a multitude of economic opportunities to the United States, the nation lacks a comprehensive strategy to enable hybrid infrastructure and maximize its benefits. In “Catalyst for Growth: America’s Hybrid Infrastructure,” Business Roundtable encourages the creation of a public-private national strategy to explore the benefits and opportunities offered by hybrid infrastructure.
Deploying IT for Social Development
IT, the Internet, mobile devices, smart phones, and increasingly available broadband have made information more pervasive, instantaneous, individualized, and customizable, creating opportunity for societal improvement and commerce irrespective of geography and national borders.
Our report, “Deploying IT for Social Development,” focuses on five key areas of life in 21st century America: education, healthcare, personal finance, public administration, and entrepreneurship. The common thread throughout each of these areas is how information and communications technologies are enabling:
- Enhanced innovation in goods, services and ways of doing business;
- Higher productivity, efficiency and lower costs;
- Increased quality through measurement, and
- Broader participation by reaching new stakeholders & new markets.