The world is experiencing massive upheaval in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and global economic disruption. America’s technology companies are developing the next cures and treatments, connecting the disadvantaged, and innovating to rebuild our economy.

American Innovators: America’s Next Tech Upgrade highlights technology’s ability to identify and overcome societal and public health challenges, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and articulate how public policy can ensure and enable businesses to effectively use technology to help restart the economy and build resilience against the next crisis.

Key Takeaways

  • Data for Good and the Need for a National Data Strategy

    Data is helping assist in the fight against COVID-19 and economic recovery. A national data strategy that promotes a single privacy standard, robust artificial intelligence adoption, and government IT modernization will help the nation lead in technology.

  • Connecting All Americans

    More than 18 million Americans lack access to high-speed broadband. In order to achieve the goal of connecting all Americans and reaping the benefits of telemedicine, smart cities, and distance learning, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recommends targeted funding for broadband access and adoption, permit streamlining, and smart regulation.

  • Building the Foundation for the Future of Transportation

    Tech is transforming the transportation sector, including drones, urban air mobility, and automated vehicles. Policymakers can facilitate the safe development and deployment of these technologies by safely removing barriers to innovation, ensuring regulatory clarity, educating the public, and maintaining U.S. leadership.

  • The Future of the Workforce

    Technology is expanding—not replacing—opportunities for Americans to work. In order for the U.S. to reap the benefits of the 21st century technology workforce, policymakers must empower the gig economy, modernize immigration laws, partner with the private sector on upskilling, and encourage the deployment of data centers.

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