BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
The success and growth of the technology sector in Georgia is critical to our state’s long term growth. Through targeted policies, the state can enable both entrepreneurial startups and established tech companies to prosper in urban and rural areas. Georgia must and can be a leader not just in the southeast but in the country.
- TAG supports policies that promote a well-balanced, equitable and competitive environment for the development of all technology companies.
- TAG supports policies that encourage business and partnerships between Georgia public and private sectors.
- TAG supports market-based solutions free from unnecessary government regulation or rule.
- TAG supports incentives to drive ideation, patent protection and processing of Intellectual Property to become a more competitive state for technology and innovation.
- TAG supports creative and economically sound initiatives that attract the most talented workforce to fill talent gaps in Georgia.
- TAG supports the growth and expansion of the sharing economy, and encourages the economic opportunities and technological advances the sharing economy promotes.
- TAG supports incentives to promote and grow the tech infrastructure in Georgia.
- TAG supports the modernization of tech-related and communications laws.
DATA INFORMATION SECURITY
The need for a strong public-private partnership in cybersecurity becomes more obvious with every cyber-attack. Enhanced voluntary information sharing between industry and government would go a long way in helping to mitigate attacks. At every level of government, there are a variety of challenges being faced in ensuring a strong cybersecurity workforce including: ability to recruit and retain talent; funding for workforce needs; and a lack of career pathways. With the 47 different state data breach laws, often conflicting, nearly impossible for companies to determine which state laws apply when a breach occurs. The current regulatory landscape not only places an immense financial compliance burden on businesses, but also delays the process of getting information into the hands of those who need it most: the customers whose data was compromised.
WHAT TAG SUPPORTS:
- A national standard for data breach notification that would provide consumers and businesses with consistency and predictability on how consumer notice must be provided.
- Fostering the public-private partnership that already exists between the government and industry by creating a trusted environment that makes the sharing of information easier for both contingents.
- Laws that encourage the growth and expansion of the Internet of Things. TAG also encourages companies to use data security and privacy best practices when collecting and using IoT data.
- Responsible use and stewardship of student data by schools, districts, and service providers, including analyzing student data to deliver personalized learning experiences to improve products for use.
- Initiatives to enhance the overall cybersecurity posture of the United States by accelerating the availability of educational and training resources designed to improve the cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge of every segment of the population, enabling a safer cyberspace for all.
Broadband has become a key priority of the 21st Century, a transformative power as an enabler for economic and social growth makes it an essential tool for empowering people, creating an environment that nurtures the technological and service innovation, and triggering positive change in business processes as well as in society as a whole.
In large part, the remarkable growth and quality of high-speed internet access in the U.S. today can be attributed to private sector investment and innovation. Even given this level of private investment, gaps in internet access remain and are primarily found in rural and hard-to-reach areas. These gaps in deployment of high-speed networks are due to the difficult economics presented by high-costs and low population densities.
Access to a high-speed network throughout the state of Georgia provides the necessary broadband infrastructure to foster economic growth, improve health care, education and municipal government, and strengthen public safety.
WHAT TAG SUPPORTS:
- Eliminating barriers that make it difficult or prevent broadband deployment in the state.
- Eliminating sales tax on investments in broadband networks to avoid taxation of business inputs and to incent more investments in Georgia.
- Educating Georgia communities about the potential benefits of broadband services and programs that help communities gain access to high-speed internet at home and work. This is key to strengthen and create a robust economy in industries where Georgia leads.