Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Federal CTO Says U.S. Lagging In Innovation

Informationweek.com reports that Federal CTO, Aneesh Chopra has said that the U.S. is lagging in innovation. Chopra said, "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 does have a sunny outlook for the U.S., with the advent of the Web 2.0 and beyond, the U.S. may soon catch up with the rest of the world with regard to innovation.

Informationweek.com reports, "Among the pillars of that innovation, Chopra said, are open data standards, research and development investment, and preparing the workforce for jobs of the future. For example, in terms of the smart grid and health IT, the government is working with the private sector to figure out what should be standardized and why. "

How long do you think that it will take for the U.S. to be the leader in innovation--or is this unfeasible for the nation? What steps can the U.S. take to promote innovation?

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