ACT | The App Association represents app developers and small technology businesses creating new innovations across industry sectors, including in the field of precision agricultural technology. This Member Spotlight features one of our members, Quantified Ag, and talks about the promise and importance of technological innovation in the agricultural sector. It’s no secret that Americans like their hamburgers and steaks, but many don’t think about the logistics that go into getting that perfect medium-rare filet on their plate. In order [...]
ACT | The App Association represents app developers and small tech businesses creating innovations around the globe. In this blog post, we are featuring vitascale™ to highlight their creative medical devices. ACT | The App Association member vitascale™ created the world’s first wearables that use respiratory gas analysis to determine an individual’s metabolism and fitness level. While other fitness trackers only estimate these values, the German medical tech company’s headset and handheld devices allow users to precisely measure and track [...]
Can the Government and Tech Find Common Ground on Encrypted Data Access Without Injuring Consumer Privacy?
In July of 2019, Attorney General (AG) William P. Barr made several public statements urging tech companies, in particular those that provide messaging services, to install or implement “backdoors” into their products. In other words, AG Barr requested that these companies provide the federal government with access to encrypted messages and information that the companies themselves would otherwise be unable to access. During his speech, AG Barr argued that without this access, law enforcement would be unable to do its [...]
It’s #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth, and we’re celebrating in the most exciting way possible: a survey. ACT | The App Association is part of an industry-government partnership conducting a survey on cybersecurity issues in the small and mid-sized business (SMB) community, and we want to hear from you! What Our survey focuses on companies’ awareness and use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. Who and Why The Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland [...]
Workforce reVolution: Behind the Wild and Wonderful Developments in the Great State of West Virginia
Almost heaven, West Virginia; Blue Ridge Mountains, and a computer science requirement before graduating high school?! When the average non-West Virginian thinks about the state there is a 99 percent chance that John Denver’s “Country Roads” comes to mind, but there is so much more to my home state than a song (that was apparently written about the other Virginia in the first place). Hi, my name is Caitlin Irr, and I’m the membership communications manager, and only West Virginia [...]
Part of a series on the effects of some of the biggest U.S. tech companies on the app economy. The social media website Reddit has styled itself as the “front page of the internet” for years. However, that’s not technically or practically true; in fact, for 68.7% of you, the front page of the internet is Google. Literally synonymous with conducting a search of the World Wide Web, Google is the unchallenged king of internet search with a market share [...]