Editor's Note: Don't Let U.S. Tech Edge Slip Away - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Business & Finance
Commentary
3/11/2005
06:10 PM
Stephanie Stahl
Stephanie Stahl
Commentary
50%
50%

Editor's Note: Don't Let U.S. Tech Edge Slip Away

Last week, a group of high-tech CEOs converged on Washington to warn policy leaders that America's competitiveness is at risk because of profound changes in the global economy. The executives are part of a network called TechNet. They've created an Innovation Policy Agenda that they hope will help maintain U.S. global leadership through policies that encourage entrepreneurship, job creation, and economic growth by strengthening innovation. Among some of their troubling findings: the U.S. is way behind other countries in deploying broadband networks; R&D investment is flat here but soaring elsewhere; U.S. students are behind their counterparts in other countries in math, science. and engineering. These aren't brand-new worries or concerns, but ones that need constant attention.

Hats off to all promoting this aggressive agenda. Hopefully, the entire industry can embrace it, and it won't be left to policies that Congress must enact. Hats off, also, to the countries that are driving innovation through technology and educational advancements. They're helping build a robust global economy, but the U.S. shouldn't let its foundation of innovation crack.

Further evidence for concern can be found in this week's cover story by senior writer Aaron Ricadela, who explores the impact that funding cuts could have on U.S. supercomputing research centers. The National Science Foundation has created a new program called "shared cyberinfrastructure," which will direct investment toward establishing a nexus of supercomputers, high-speed networks, distributed databases, and middleware that can be shared. Critics say it's underfunded and puts too much emphasis on experimental techniques. Is the NSF headed down the wrong path? How much time does the U.S. have to figure out a consistent long-term strategy before it falls behind?

Stephanie Stahl,
Editor-in-chief
[email protected]


To discuss this column with other readers, please visit Stephanie Stahl's forum on the Listening Post.

To find out more about Stephanie Stahl, please visit her page on the Listening Post.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2018 State of the Cloud
2018 State of the Cloud
Cloud adoption is growing, but how are organizations taking advantage of it? Interop ITX and InformationWeek surveyed technology decision-makers to find out, read this report to discover what they had to say!
Commentary
Why Your Company's AI Strategy May Not Be Its Own
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  3/18/2019
Commentary
Q&A: Deloitte's Lisa Noon on Inclusivity and Cloud Evolution
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/15/2019
Commentary
Empowering Women in the Workplace 365 Days a Year
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  3/19/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Security and Privacy vs. Innovation: The Great Balancing Act
This InformationWeek IT Trend Report will help you better understand and address the growing challenge of balancing the need for innovation with the real-world threats and regulations.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll