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The Hill | November 25, 2015

FRAND: The foundation for innovation

By Morgan Reed:

Smartphones have permeated our lives. From finding a restaurant to communicating with co-workers, it is difficult to remember when we did not have the Internet at our fingertips – even though it was really just a bit more than 10 years ago.

This ubiquitous connectivity has enabled a broad range of industries to come together to build the Internet of Things (IoT) – an ecosystem that stitches together our homes, cars, phones and watches, creating endless opportunities to improve our healthcare, safety, and lifestyles.

While we have come so far, the convergence of computing and mobile technologies is really just finishing its first act – and there are many more to come. However, the future of mobile innovation and connectivity could soon be in question. The very patent and standards systems that fostered the wireless innovation boom could be in peril as companies are reneging on the very business compacts that provided the foundation for our wireless boom.

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Huffington Post | March 14, 2015

Why Pi Day Matters

By Morgan Reed:

“March 14th is a special date that math enthusiasts and educators mark on their calendars every year. It’s Pi Day, and many celebrate the occasion by highlighting the critical importance of computer science education.

Over the past decade, this enthusiasm has become a bit muted in the tech industry. It is becoming more difficult every year for us to find computer science graduates trained to fill the openings we have.”

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Roll Call | March 2, 2015

Privacy Concerns Threaten Overseas Tech Industry

By Morgan Reed:

Since the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, foreign governments have raised concern about the safety of their citizens’ data stored by American Internet companies.

They believe U.S. law enforcement authorities have access to any cloud-based data — and it’s putting the $174 billion industry at risk.
Alert to these fears, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is working to ensure American companies can assuage these concerns. Their solution is the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act introduced by Sens. Chris Coons, Orrin G. Hatch and Dean Heller, and in the House by Reps. Suzan DelBene and Tom Marino.

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iHealthBeat | October 20, 2014

Government Indifference Must Not Stand in the Way of Mobile Health Innovation

By Morgan Reed:

Outdated elements of health care regulation pose a serious threat to innovation. Without substantial changes, new technologies that can improve the lives of patients and the capabilities of their caregivers will remain out of reach to most consumers.

Scores of mobile health companies have shared stories about federal regulatory requirements that fail to keep pace with advancing technology. These companies are providing critical services to patients and providers in both consumer and enterprise settings. They have become frustrated with factions within HHS that stand in the way of mobile health innovation.

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CircleID | March 27, 2014

In Defense of Process: Identifying the Problem Before Seeking Solutions

By Jonathan Zuck:

You don’t necessarily need to walk before you can run, but you should probably look where you are going before you do either.

The U.S. Government’s announcement that it would transition out of its unique legacy role in ICANN set off a powder keg at ICANN, as stakeholders from every corner of the community rushed to offer their recommendations on how to fill the impending contractual vacuum with something, new, better, and appropriately reflective of the multi-stakeholder model.

These are worthwhile efforts, but before we dig more deeply into the meaty challenge of identifying solutions, it may make sense for all of us to take a big step back and come to some sort of consensus about the problem we’re trying to solve.

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Huffington Post | October 10, 2013

Apps Showcase the Bright Future of Mobile Health

By Morgan Reed:

No technology has ever been adopted as fast as the smartphone – ever. Consumers have embraced these devices faster than the automobile, electricity, personal computers, and even the internet. In less than a decade, more than half of U.S. mobile phone customers have made the transition to smartphones. And as we know, these devices are far more than phones; they are constantly connected computers stuffed with sensors that fit in a pocket or purse.

Even in a pocket or purse, these miraculous devices have the potential to provide better access to health care and help us live healthier lives. Leaders in the mobile health industry are also asking how can they help improve patient outcomes and lead to happier caregivers? How will mobile technology allow people to live at home longer and with greater dignity as they age?

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Huffington Post | September 17, 2013

Innovation or Magic? How About Both

By Morgan Reed:

I recently found myself in the company of a number of thoughtful people discussing what was needed to make internet protocol (IP) services reach every household in the country. The best suggestion I heard was “magic.” And that makes me confident we will get this done.

The setting wasn’t a meeting of the minds on a sorcery message board. It was a panel discussion in the U.S. Capitol among leaders in telecom policy. We were addressing the transition from copper wire to internet protocol networks, or IP networks. It’s not the sort of conversation that often veers into the supernatural, but magic was in the air.

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Huffington Post | February 28, 2013

Could Your Smartphone Save Your Life?

By Morgan Reed:

It sounds like something too far-fetched even for Grey’s Anatomy: In the middle of a cross-country flight, a passenger suddenly convulses in pain. Responding to the pilot’s urgent call over the intercom, a doctor on the plane pulls out his smartphone, attaches a heart monitor and makes an instant diagnosis: It’s a heart attack.

Based on the doctor’s recommendation, the plane makes an emergency landing and the patient is rushed to a nearby hospital. He survives.

That real-life incident, featured this year on NBC News’ Rock Center, offers a glimpse of the potential for medical apps. We have already grown accustomed to hearing that there’s an app for everything, but advances in mobile technology are about to radically transform health care.

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