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Morgan Reed
Morgan Reed is a widely respected expert on the intersection of government and technology. Beginning his professional career in Taiwan and China, Morgan brings to ACT the experience of working with foreign governments, telecommunications groups, software manufacturers and small business owners managing the core issues of innovation and intellectual property.

In his role as Executive Director of ACT, Morgan specializes in issues dealing with software development and intellectual property in the digital age. His commentary and insight has been sought by the Senate Commerce Committee, House Judiciary Committee, the Senate High Tech Working Group, the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property and Piracy, and numerous state governments. Morgan has been called on as a technology expert for major news networks including MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and ABC Radio. He is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press, ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Slashdot.

Morgan has authored and contributed to several white papers dealing with applications development and government, including “A Crash Course on Open Source” and “A Software Developer’s Guide to the DMCA.” He was part of the developer team for the Linux Router Project (LEAF), and remains an active Apple and iOS licensed developer.

Morgan’s recent work has focused on developing a “culture of IP” within entrepreneurial organizations, encouraging companies to appropriately value and protect its intellectual property. Morgan has organized a team of IP attorneys, venture capitalists, and successful businessmen to join him on a series of lectures throughout the United States focused on the importance of treating intellectual property as a key business asset. This “Innovators Network” has reached more than 1000 small business members and is growing daily.

Before coming to Washington, Morgan worked for a Taiwan-based trading company specializing in the manufacture of technology products for the U.S. market. He served as managing director of North American sales, handling bilingual contract negotiation. During his time abroad, Morgan gave lectures in both English and Chinese on various aspects of U.S.-China trade, including building and maintaining long term partnerships in Asia.

Entries by Morgan Reed

Why Pi Day Matters

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 5:23 PM

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....

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What's About to Break the Internet? Free Stuff, Apparently.

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:13 AM

What's about to break the Internet?

Free stuff, apparently.

That place where you can read newspapers and watch cat videos at no cost faces a certain and perilous end when Facebook, Twitter, or Wikipedia are free.

So says Harvard law professor and former Obama administration technologist Susan Crawford. 

Crawford is campaigning...

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The Trust Gap: Heartbleed, Virus Shield, and the Growing Challenge for Android App Developers

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 9:12 PM

Recently I was speaking on a panel at an app developer event, when the moderator asked us why most app developers continue to develop apps for iOS first (or sometimes exclusively) despite the fact that Android has a far larger market share and expects to expand the gap with iOS...

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The Pros and Cons of Schools Using the Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:14 AM

A study released Friday by Fordham University, "Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools," raises concerns about whether schools are asking the right questions about the privacy of student data stored remotely. One issue that received particular attention is paid to third-party cloud services that store student records.

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Apps Showcase the Bright Future of Mobile Health

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 11:33 AM

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....

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Innovation or Magic?  How About Both

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:18 PM

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...

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Could Your Smartphone Save Your Life?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:13 AM

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:...

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Now What? How Can the FCC Avoid the Looming Spectrum Crisis?

(11) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 4:31 PM

Last week, I had the good fortune to speak to more than 300 mobile developers at the MoDev East conference. Preceding me on the schedule was David Payne, the Chief Digital Officer for Gannett (USA Today), who gave a fantastic presentation about where the world is headed for...

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No Analytics for You; How Children's Education Apps Could Suffer Under New Regulations

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 3:08 PM

Actors often talk about how different it is to act in a movie vs. a live theater production.  In film production, an actor can't measure his performance until months or years later when it finally makes it to the multiplex.  In a Broadway show, there is instantaneous feedback. The actor knows immediately...

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The Surprise Behind the Mobile App Numbers (And What the AT&T-T-Mobile Merger Means to It)

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 7:05 AM

The next time you download a mobile app, think about the company that produced it. If you guessed it came from a large, California-based company, you're likely wrong. Most mobile apps are actually created by small companies from all across the country.

These are the findings of...

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Promising Elements of the Net Neutrality Decision

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 1:34 PM

During the extended holiday season, families gather around the modern day hearth to watch football. Everyone has a favorite team, or alma mater, to cheer for, and a most loathed to root against. People find themselves pitted against their friends and colleagues if they support the wrong team. About the...

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A Company Held Up - Will the Courts Drive the Getaway Car?

(24) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 10:15 AM

Tonight, more than ten million Americans will park themselves on the couch to watch television. Although sitting in front of the screen, they will not be flipping channels to find their programs. Programming choices are no longer dictated by prime time schedules, but rather by what their DVR has already...

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