22 Jul Federal CTO says U.S. lagging in innovation
The United States has fallen behind other nations in innovation, but has the capacity to regain its lead, federal chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra said Tuesday.
“We have failed to translate the power and potential in our nation’s capacity to compete in a more globally competitive marketplace,” he said in a keynote address to the Open Government and Innovations Conference in Washington, D.C. “Our public policy has failed to keep up with all we have around us.”
Chopra cited an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report that listed the United States last among 36 countries in terms of the rate of progress in technology metrics like broadband activity, research and development tax credits, and immigration policy, and noted that the country has fallen behind several countries in terms of the percentage of population with some form of college degree.
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