Welcome to TechCrunch’s technology policy database. Below, you will find a list of tech bills from the last Congress (112th, 2010-2012). Each bill has its own page, complete with a summary of relevant details to the technology industry, the bill’s current status, and a list of opposing or endorsing organizations. We will continually update the page as bills are submitted for consideration.
The Fairness in High-Skilled Immigrants Act – A proposal to end country-specific caps on high-skilled immigrants and expedite visa processing for immigrants and their families
STEM Jobs Act – Replace the current 55,000 visas reserved for underrepresented countries and re-allocate them for high-skilled Immigrants with graduate degrees from US universities
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) proposed to give law enforcement and content owners expanded abilities to fight intellectual property violations. SOPA was the target of a global online protest, ultimately stopping the bill
The Internet Freedom Act aimed to prohibit the Federal Communications Commissions from regulating the Internet, most notably with net neutrality rules, which require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to give equal access and bandwidth to all websites and services
America Invents Act (Passed) was the most comprehensive patent reform change since 1952, and most notably switched the US patent system to “first to file” from “first to invent”.
Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (Passed) Relieves businesses of Security and Exchange commission regulations related to investing. Most notably, it allows so-called “crowdfunding” from friends, families and business partners that would have otherwise been precluded from making smaller investments.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – CISPA proposes expanded Internet traffic sharing between the US government and technology and manufacturing companies, including added procedures for dealing with new forms of digital threats.