Global Tech Policy Update – June 2016

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

Internet of Things – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments on the Internet of Things to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The comments describe the challenges and opportunities arising from IoT, including new technical and policy challenges related to privacy and security. Further, new identifiers, components, devices, and infrastructure will raise issues of computing capability, privacy, security, usability, accessibility, spectrum availability, standards, networks, and interoperability. Because IoT systems can and do operate across borders creating challenges for protecting the broader integrity of IoT systems and individual privacy, fostering and leveraging cooperation among governments and the private sector is vital to achieving an innovative and resilient IoT ecosystem. The comments will help inform a forthcoming NTIA Green Paper on IoT.

Artificial Intelligence – The ACM Public Policy staff attended the White House Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. Speakers included ACM Fellow Henry Kautz and ACM Fellow Eric Horvitz, who received this year’s ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for his groundbreaking contributions in AI. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The slides and videos are available online.

The next White House Workshop on Safety and Control for Artificial Intelligence on June 28 at Carnegie Mellon University will feature four ACM Fellows and one ACM award recipient: ACM Fellow Tom Dietterich, ACM Fellow Kathleen Fisher, ACM Fellow John Launchbury, ACM Fellow Jeannette Wing, and ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award recipient Manuela M. Veloso.

Computer Science Education – A new ITIF report on improving computer science education in the United States cites the ACM Education Policy Committee’s report, Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age and the ACM/CSTA report, Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher Certification in the U.S.. The ITIF report’s findings are consistent with ACM’s recommendations in the Running on Empty report and its successor report published by the ACM Education Policy Committee last year titled Rebooting the Pathway to Success, including allowing computer science to count as a core graduation subject, teaching computer science in all high schools, increasing the number of qualified computer science teachers, and creating postsecondary incentives. The report adds to the growing tide of support in countries around the world for expanding access to quality computer science education and increasing the number of talented computing educators.

Informal STEM Education – ACM and six other associations co-sponsored a well-attended congressional briefing by the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum on “Informal STEM Education 101: What We Know and Don’t: The State of the Art on Research on Outcomes in Informal STEM Education.” The standing room only briefing featured remarks by Honorary Congressional Co-Host Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Panelists included NSF Assistant Director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate Joan Ferrini-Mundy, University of Washington Senior Research Scientist Dr. Bronwyn Bevan, and Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education Project Director James Bell. The panel also coincided with the release of the STEM Education Coalition’s newest education policy white paper, “The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.”

Human–Computer Interaction and International Public Policymaking – A new journal article by the ACM SIGCHI International Public Policy Committee outlines the importance of HCI in public policy internationally and the impacts of public policy on the HCI community. The article discusses how public policy influences HCI and explores areas where HCI could have even more impact in the future, including laws, regulations, and guidelines related to interface design, intellectual property, accessibility, usability, privacy, security, and computing research. The article was authored by 31 members from 15 countries and published in the Foundations and Trends Human–Computer Interaction.

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

• The ACM Education Policy Committee will hold its annual international meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 2016 to discuss progress and possible future activities to improve and advance computer science, computing, and informatics education policy and computing workforce development.

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee will hold its monthly conference call on June 28, 2016.

• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council will hold its next conference call on July 13, 2016 to discuss next steps for the three new working groups on algorithmic accountability, big data, and the Internet of Things, and the ongoing activities of the permanent committees on privacy, security, intellectual property, digital governance, accessibility, voting, and tech law.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Internet Governance – As an important step in the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition from the U.S. government to a global multistakeholder process, the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that the proposal developed by the global Internet multistakeholder community meets the criteria for privatization of IANA functions outlined by NTIA in March 2014. Major IANA functions include managing the DNS root zone, domain names, the numbering systems, and protocol assignments. NTIA’s criteria for privatization include maintaining the Internet’s security and resiliency, maintaining openness, meeting the needs of global customers, and supporting a private multistakerholder governance model. NTIA’s assessment of the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal favors transition, but further approvals are required. The U.S. Congress continues to debate the transition and the timing of the transition. The current IANA contract with ICANN expires on September 30, 2016.

ICANN is accepting public input on its proposed Restated Articles of Incorporation until July 6, 2016. The ICANN Board will review the comments prior to its consideration of the adoption of the Restated Articles. ICANN explains that the new governance document, once adopted, would go into effect in the event NTIA approves of the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal and the IANA Functions Contract expires.

The ICANN56 Policy Forum will be held on 27-30 June 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. Attendance is free. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Spectrum and Satellite Communications – The ITU International Satellite Communication Symposium will be held in Geneva, June 13-14, 2016. Experts will explore the latest technologies and innovations used to detect, prevent, and mitigate harmful interference in satellite communications. Non-interference is vital to ensuring public safety and to building a more resilient wireless ecosystem. Attendees will include satellite industry, operators, regulators, and broadcasters from around the world.

ITU and UN Women GEM-TECH Awards 2016 – UN Women and the ITU invite nominations for the GEM-TECH Awards, which recognize exceptional work in the areas of: (1) promoting women in the tech sector, (2) women’s digital inclusion and empowerment, and (3) new legislative and policy initiatives promoting gender-inclusive ICT access/education. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations must be submitted by July 31.

WTO Public ForumRegistration is now open for WTO’s largest annual outreach event attended by civil society, academia, business, media, governments, parliamentarians, and inter-governmental organizations. This year’s theme is “Inclusive Trade.” Registration for this 15th annual event closes on 18 September 2016.

Human Rights Council Report on Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age – A new report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, to the Human Rights Council discusses legal and policy concerns related to freedom of expression online. The report identifies and explores the relevant human rights standards applicable to States and the private sector. Among its findings and general recommendations, the report recommends governments ensure meaningful opportunities for input and participation in public policy processes by the private sector, civil society, the technical community, and academia.

EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

1st European Maker Week – Europe celebrated the inaugural European Maker Week with 500+ events in 28 countries across Europe during 30 May – 5 June 2016. Promoted by the European Commission, in-person and online events sought to engage citizens and students in creativity and innovation. The Opening Conference and celebration launch featured remarks by Director General of DG Direct Roberto Viola. Did you participate? Do you have ideas for new projects involving computing? Share your experiences and ideas online using hashtag: #EMWeek16

5G Deployment and Research – The European Commission released a roadmap for widespread deployment of the next generation of ubiquitous, ultra-high bandwidth wired and wireless communication systems by 2020. The Commission in April identified 5G and Internet of Things as among the ICT standardisation priorities for the Digital Single Market and has earmarked funding through the Horizon 2020 Programme to accelerate research developments in 5G technology. The Commission supports international cooperation on 5G. The need for 5G technology will be discussed at the EUBrazilCloudForum Workshop on Cloud Networks on 6 July 2016 in Brazil.

Intellectual Property – The European Commission’s DG GROW published a roadmap for the initiative “Modernising the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.” It calls for a focus on commercial-scale infringements. The initiative is supportive of a larger effort to modernize copyright protections and enforcement for the digital age. According to the roadmap, a report by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights on regional and national legislative measures and procedures to prevent and combat online copyright violations and their effectiveness is expected in 2016. Updates will be posted on a dedicated website of DG Grow.

Europe – Opportunities for Public Input

eGovernment Action Plan 2016–2020
European Commission
Posted: 2 June 2016
Deadline: Ongoing
Submit ideas for how to improve eGovernment services in the EU.

EU Copyright Reform for the Digital Age
European Commission
Deadline: 15 June 2016

Europe in My Region Blogging Competition 2016
European Commission – Regional Policy
Deadline: 17 June 2016
Blogs on Horizon 2020 projects and other computing-related activities are encouraged.

Revision of the European Interoperability Framework
European Commission
Deadline: 29 June 2016

Draft Sharing and Reuse Framework for IT Solutions
European Commission
Deadline: 29 June 2016
The results of this survey will be available in July 2016. Publication of the final version of the recommendations is anticipated later this year.

Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’ Work Programme 2018-2020
European Commission
Deadline: 4 July 2016
A short summary report on the consultation will be published by September 2016.

Evaluation and Review of the ePrivacy Directive
European Commission
Deadline: 5 July 2016

The European Single Market and the Start-up Initiative
European Commission
Deadline: 31 July 2016
Entrepreneurs and start-up communities are asked to complete a questionnaire.

Safety of Apps and Other Non-Embedded Software Used by Consumers
European Commission
Deadline: 15 September 2016

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Appropriations FY2017 – The U.S. Congress continues to debate the federal appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2017. The current FY2016 ends on September 30. With disagreements over spending priorities and whether to allow amendments, it remains unclear whether the appropriations process will be successful or scuttled. The process thus far brings good news for cybersecurity but less enthusiasm for education funding for computer science and other STEM subjects, as described next. Similar to prior years, a stopgap continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown or omnibus bill could be the outcome.

K-12 Computer Science EducationAdvocates of computer science education are asking Congress to fund programs that support the policy goals of the Computer Science for All initiative, as proposed in the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal. The CSforAll initiative aims to expand access to quality computer science courses for all students nationwide and to increase the number of computer science educators. The Senate Appropriations Committee did not include funding in the education appropriations bill for the new Computer Science for All Development Grants and the STEM Master Teacher Corps program, which were included in the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal. The Committee noted that Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants authorize “a range of activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities including computer science.” (See Senate Report 114-274.)

The U.S. Department of Education is considering regulations and non-regulatory guidance for the new K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department recently sought public input on what types of guidance could help states, school districts, and grantees understand the law and how to implement it. Look for continued calls for public input and transition guidance for ESSA on their website.

National Week of Making – The White House and communities nationwide will be celebrating the National Week of Making, June 17 -23, 2016. Be a part of the celebration of innovation. Learn more and share your experiences online using hashtag: #NationofMakers

White House Student Science Advisors – The White House is inviting students from around the country to submit ideas on important science, innovation, and technology issues. Spread the word to students that they have until June 17 to use this short online form to submit their ideas on how computing can help change the world.

5G Deployment and Research – The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its intention to support the development of advanced wireless research platforms enabling at-scale experimentation for the next generation of wireless technologies. The announcement observes that current wireless Internet architectures are insufficient for wireless carriers globally and thus new technologies, such as 5G and beyond, are needed for continued growth of wireless networks and the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT).

Privacy Best Practices for Drones – In the last of a series of multistakeholder meetings on issues regarding the commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), convened by NTIA, a diverse group of stakeholders arrived at consensus on best practices. The final document outlines voluntary best practices for the collection, use, sharing, and security of data; user notification; and the use of drones for news reporting. The guide is intended to serve as an aid for promoting beneficial growth of innovative services, economic activity, and safer infrastructure in the United States.

Security – The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will be holding a public meeting on June 15 -17, 2016 in Washington, D.C. ISPAB advises several federal agencies on issues pertaining to information systems and conducts reviews of proposed standards and guidelines developed by NIST. The meeting will include a discussion of topics such as the Internet of Things, cybersecurity resilience, Block Chain Protocol and the emerging ecosystem, high performance computing (HPC), and OMB updates on cybersecurity, privacy, and quantum cryptography.

United States – Opportunities for Public Input

U.S. Proposals and Positions for the 2016 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Deadline: June 16, 2016

Nominations for U.S. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
White House
Deadline: June 17, 2016

Final Review Period: K-12 Computer Science Education Framework
ACM, CSTA, Code.org, CIC, and NMSI
Deadline: June 29, 2016

Mobile Application Vetting Services for Public Safety
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems (Second Draft)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Draft Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: July 11, 2016

Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online
U.S. Copyright Office
Deadline: July 18, 2016

Nominations for National Cyber Security Hall of Fame
National Cyber Security Hall of Fame
Deadline: July 20, 2016

Nominations for the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Deadline: July 25, 2016

Nominations for the USPTO Trademark Public Advisory Committee
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Deadline: July 25, 2016

ICT Accessibility Regulations for Local and State Governments under the ADA
U.S. Department of Justice
Deadline: August 8, 2016

Internet of Things: Identity and Access Management for Smart Home Devices Concept Paper
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Released: June 6, 2016
Deadline: Ongoing

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACM Partners with SocialCoder
An initiative to encourage computing professionals to volunteer their professional skills and knowledge to help organizations who could not otherwise afford it.
June 2016

ACM Awards Ceremony
June 11, 2016

ACM Announces Officers for 2016-2018
Terms begin July 1, 2016.

ACM SIG Officers Election Results
Terms begin July 1, 2016.


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ACM Europe Policy Committee

The ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) is a standing committee of ACM Europe. It serves as the focal point for ACM’s interaction with the EU and member states’ governmental bodies, the computing community, and the public in matters of European public policy related to computing and technology. EUACM represents a diverse community of computing practitioners, scientists, educators, researchers, and other technology professionals from government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector. EUACM’s contributions to public policy draws from the deep scientific and technical expertise of the computing community.

ACM U.S. Public Policy Council

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council (USACM) is chartered as the focal point for ACM’s interaction with the U.S. government, the computing community, and the public in all matters of U.S. public policy related to computing and technology. USACM represents a diverse community of computing practitioners, scientists, educators, researchers, and other technology professionals from government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector. USACM’s contributions to public policy draws from the deep scientific and technical expertise of the computing community.

ACM Education Policy Committee

The ACM Education Policy Committee is a high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators dedicated to improving opportunities for quality education in computer science and computing-related fields. The Education Policy Committee develops initiatives aimed at shaping education policies that impact the computing field. A primary goal of the EPC is to ensure that computer science, computing, and informatics education is recognized in educational initiatives at all levels of the educational pipeline.

U.S. Tech Policy Update – June 2016

CONGRESS

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

House Floor: H.R. 4904, MEGABYTE (Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies) Act of 2016
U.S. House of Representatives

Markup: FY2017 Labor, HHS & Education Appropriations Bill
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
10:30 am ET | 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Hearing: International Antitrust Enforcement: China and Beyond
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
4 pm ET | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses from FTC, USPTO, Department of Commerce

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hearing: Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record System [POSTPONED]
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
TBD | Dirksen Senate Office Building

Hearing: Private Sector Weather Forecasting: Assessing Products and Technologies
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment
9:30 am ET | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Markup: Three Tech-Related Bills
House Homeland Security Committee
2 pm ET | 311 Cannon House Office Building
Will markup H.R. 5064, Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016; Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency Act of 2016; and the Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2016.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Markup: FY2017 Labor, HHS & Education Appropriations Bill
Senate Appropriations Committee
10:30 am ET | 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Markup: S. 356, Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015
Senate Judiciary Committee
10 am ET | 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hearing: 18F and U.S. Digital Service Oversight
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology
9:30 am ET | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference
Committee on House Administration
9 am – 4 pm ET | Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium
Advance registration required.

EVENTS

Cybercrime Symposium 2016
U.S. Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
June 6, 2016 | 9 am ET | Washington, D.C.

Workshop on Video Analytics in Public Safety
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
June 6, 2016 | 8:30 am PT | San Diego, CA

White House Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Social Good
White House and CCC
June 7, 2016 | 8:30 am ET | Washington, D.C.

Public Safety Communications Research Broadband Stakeholder Meeting
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
June 7-9, 2016 | San Diego, CA

NSCI Seminar: Progress in Superconducting Computing
NSCI Committee
June 7, 2016 | 1 pm ET | Gaithersburg, MD

Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
June 8, 2016 | 1-4 pm ET | Washington, D.C.

FinTech Series: Marketplace Lending
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
June 9, 2016 | 9:30 am ET | Washington, D.C.

FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
June 10, 2016 | 9 am ET | Washington, D.C.

Enabling Smart Cities with Infrastructure and Policy
NIST and US Ignite at 2016 GCTC Expo
June 13, 2016 | 2 pm CT | Austin, TX

FTC Workshop: Start with Security
June 15, 2016 | 9:30 am CT | Chicago, IL

NTIA Multistakeholder Public Meeting on Privacy Best Practices for Facial Recognition Technology
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
June 15, 2016 | 1-5 pm ET | Washington, D.C.

Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
June 15-17, 2016 | 8:30 am – 5 pm ET | Washington, D.C.

National Week of Making
White House
June 17-23, 2016 | Nationwide #NationofMakers

Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Public Meeting
Federal Advisory Committee supported by NIST
June 21, 2016 | 8:30 am – 5 pm PT | Berkeley, CA

FCC Open Meeting
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
June 24, 2016 | 10:30 am ET | Washington, D.C.
Agenda items: Emergency alert system, submarine cable network outage reporting, applications and petitions processes

White House Workshop on Safety and Control for Artificial Intelligence
White House and Carnegie Mellon University
June 28, 2016 | Time TBD | Pittsburgh, PA

White House Workshop on Artificial Intelligence: The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near-Term in New York City
White House and New York University Information Law Institute
July 7, 2016 | Time TBD | New York City, NY

Workshop on Software Measures and Metrics to Reduce Security Vulnerabilities
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
July 12, 2016 | Time TBD | Gaithersburg, MD
Registration closes on July 5.

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Public Meeting
July 13, 2016 | Time TBD | Washington, D.C.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INPUT

Recommendation for Random Bit Generator (RBG) Constructions (Second Draft)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: June 13, 2016

U.S. Proposals and Positions for the 2016 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Deadline: June 16, 2016

Mobile Application Vetting Services for Public Safety
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems (Second Draft)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Draft Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: July 11, 2016

Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online
U.S. Copyright Office
Deadline: July 18, 2016

ICT Accessibility Regulations for Local and State Governments under the ADA
U.S. Department of Justice
Deadline: August 8, 2016

Internet of Things: Identity and Access Management for Smart Home Devices Concept Paper
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Released: June 6, 2016
Deadline: Ongoing

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2016 Congressional App Challenge Co-Chairs Announced
U.S. Representatives Royce and Moulton will spearhead student coding contest.
June 6, 2016

Federal IT Purchasing Category Management Policy
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Governing how the federal government buys and manages software.
June 2, 2016

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement Opportunity
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Data Integrity Building Block
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Digital Authentication Guideline: Public Preview
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
May-August 2016

Modernizing Federal IT: 5-Part Series
CIO.gov | Social Security Administration CIO Rob Klopp
May 2016

ACM Partners with SocialCoder
An initiative to encourage computing professionals to volunteer their professional skills and knowledge to help organizations who could not otherwise afford it.
June 2016

ACM Announces Officers for 2016-2018
Terms begin July 1, 2016.


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ACM U.S. Public Policy Council

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council (USACM) is chartered as the focal point for ACM’s interaction with the U.S. government, the computing community, and the public in all matters of U.S. public policy related to computing and technology. USACM represents a diverse community of computing practitioners, scientists, educators, researchers, and other technology professionals from government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector. USACM’s contributions to public policy draws from the deep scientific and technical expertise of the computing community.

ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Comments on the Internet of Things

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the potential benefits and challenges of the Internet of Things and what role the U.S. Government should play in this area. NTIA will use the public input to issue a “green paper” that identifies key issues impacting deployment of these technologies, highlights potential benefits and challenges, and identifies possible roles for the federal government in fostering the advancement of IoT technologies in partnership with the private sector.

Highlights from USACM’s comments on the Internet of Things:

Defining IoT
Given the current and expected technologies, USACM cautions against prematurely adopting a definition. USACM encourages further discussion among government and stakeholders, including businesses, academia, professional societies, consumer advocates, nonprofits, and other civil society organizations on what encompasses the IoT landscape and how it relates to or differs from other related systems.

Cybersecurity Concerns Raised Specifically by IoT
The multifaceted nature of IoT brings with it a new set of opportunities and threats. Specific concerns raised by IoT are marked by the pervasiveness and heterogeneity of IoT devices and sensors. IoT crosses virtual boundaries as devices and sensors are now intertwined with consumers’ lives in the physical world. Security threats with IoT have broader implications of physical security and safety risks.

Privacy Concerns about IoT and Related Technical Considerations
Meeting the dual imperatives of protecting privacy and security will be an issue for IoT and raises questions on the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy risks. Many privacy risks are interdependent with other types of risks, data actions, and processes. Addressing privacy concerns will entail an understanding of the way privacy risks work in tandem with security risks so as to address risks comprehensively. Five major considerations should be technically addressed within the IoT infrastructure and these include data integrity, identity management, trust management, data protection, and data volume.

Factors to Consider in International Engagement
USACM encourages the Department to consider engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including from government, the business sector, academia, nonprofits, professional associations, consumer advocates, and civil society. USACM supports involvement of the United States in bilateral and multilateral engagements, international standards processes, and efforts to develop and incentivize voluntary marketplace measures. In particular, USACM supports the involvement of the United States in international standards and processes for cybersecurity and privacy.

Read the full text.

About the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council
These comments were developed by the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council (USACM), which serves as the focal point for ACM’s interaction with the U.S. government in all matters of U.S. public policy related to information technology. The membership of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council is comprised of computer scientists, educators, researchers, and other technology professionals. ACM U.S. Public Policy Council statements represent the views of the Council and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association.

Related ACM Resources

Celebrate European Maker Week 30 May – 5 June 2016

This week is the inaugural European Maker Week with celebrations and events across Europe. The week is an initiative promoted by the European Commission to engage citizens and students in creativity and innovation. Monday’s launch celebration featured remarks by Director General of DG Direct Roberto Viola.

Events occurring this week aim to inspire and empower more young people to pursue careers in computing and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields. Through makerspaces and innovation labs, students are learning the pragmatic benefits and broader uses of computer science in the real world.

Fueling the new wave of interest in integrated learning through active, hands-on projects are powerful innovations in wireless devices, robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, wearables, design customization, and more.

“The Maker Movement is global and reflects the importance of providing students with the opportunity to engage their intellectual curiosity and creative problem-solving skills to explore and understand a broad range of STEM disciplines,” said Jeffrey R.N. Forbes, the Chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University.

Interested in being part of the celebration? Discover activities near you to build prototypes, create new products, solve daily problems with robotics, design with 3D scanners and printers, write software code for new devices, and explore career options. In addition to the 500+ events, you also can connect with others online to share projects, discuss new ideas, and brainstorm how to create a makerspace in your school or community.

Join the discussion online at hashtag #EMWeek16

NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting on Consumer Privacy and Facial Recognition on June 15

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene a multistakeholder meeting on the commercial use of facial recognition technology on Wednesday, June 15, from 1-5 pm in Washington, DC. The purpose is to discuss the latest version of the draft Privacy Best Practices Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use. The meeting will be available by teleconference and webcast.

The draft best practices are based on the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) and are intended for use within commercial contexts. The document calls for covered entities to provide transparency, good data management practices, user control of the sharing of facial template data, data safeguards, and procedures for consumers to resolve problems with commercial use of their facial data.

For the agenda, updated details, and link to the webcast, see: NTIA Privacy Multistakeholder Process: Facial Recognition Technology

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 16

Monday, May 16, 2016

House Floor: H.R. 4743, National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2016, as amended
House Floor

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hearing: Oversight of Federal Efforts to Address Electromagnetic Risks
House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
10 am | 311 Cannon House Office Building

Hearing: Helping Students Succeed by Strengthening the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
House Education and the Workforce Committee
10 am | 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

Briefing: Encryption is Key: How Undermining Encryption Would Harm Cybersecurity, Consumers, and the Economy
Sponsored by Center for Democracy & Technology and New America’s Open Technology
Hosted by Senator Leahy and Senator Lee
1:30 pm | 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Hearing: Veterans in Tech: Innovative Careers for All Generations of Veterans
Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
2 pm | 334 Cannon House Office Building

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Markup: FY 2017 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
10 am | 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing: To Examine the Telephone Consumer Protection Act at 25: Effects on Consumers and Business
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
10 am | 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Hearing: Assessing the Security of Critical Infrastructure: Threat, Vulnerabilities, and Solutions
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
10 am | 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Hearing: ESSA Implementation: Perspectives from Education Stakeholders
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
10 am | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Hearing: To Review Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record System
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
10:30 am | 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Hearing: Federal Information Technology Reform Act: Scorecard 2.0
House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology and Subcommittee on Government Operations
2 pm | 2145 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing: Ransomware: Understanding the Threat and Exploring Solutions
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
3 pm | 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Business Meeting: S. 356, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Amendments Act of 2015
Senate Judiciary Committee
10 am | | 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Congressional Briefing on Encryption on April 22

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will hold a lunch briefing today on “Encryption: Balancing Privacy, Security and Law Enforcement Needs.” The panelists will explore a range of legislative issues, judicial cases, and industry developments. ACM is a member of the Advisory Committee. ACM members are invited to attend the briefing.

Description:

While a last minute hack averted some major courtroom drama between the F.B.I. and Apple, the tension around strong encryption has only risen. There are still ongoing court cases where law enforcement wants access to encrypted devices. Recently both the House and Senate introduced legislation that seek to find the balance between privacy, security, and law enforcement access to personal communications. Given the concerns in Europe, this issue will get even more intense as we race to the next election cycle.

Panelists:

  • Kevin Bankston, Director, Open Technology Institute, New America
  • Richard Downing Deputy Assistant Attorney General (Acting), U.S. Department of Justice
  • Matthew Green, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute
  • Susan Hennessey, Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Chris Strohm, Reporter, Bloomberg News (moderator)

Follow the conversation on social media @NetCaucusAC and #CryptoBalance.

USPTO Patent Quality Community Symposium on April 27

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will host a one-day Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The Symposium will update the public on the eleven initiatives that the USPTO is undertaking to enhance patent quality. The event will feature remarks by USPTO Director Michelle Lee, expert panel discussions, and interactive demonstrations. The program is free and open to the public. A webcast will be available.

The USPTO anticipates that attendees will:

  • Learn how the USPTO is improving its process and work products to foster enhanced patent quality
  • Gain insights into how the USPTO reviews examiners’ work product to assess quality
  • Learn about patent quality issues related to patent application filings, responses, and examiner interactions

Registration is required to attend in-person. To learn more or register: uspto.gov/patent/patent-quality-community-symposium

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 18

Monday, April 18, 2016

State of the Net Wireless
Internet Policy Conference
2 pm | Newseum

Markup: Multiple Communications Bills
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
5 pm | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Related to spectrum challenge prizes, networks, and broadband.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement Perspectives
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
10 am | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

The Commercial Space Launch Industry: Small Satellite Opportunities and Challenges
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space
10 am | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

DATA Act: Monitoring Implementation Progress
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations
2 pm | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing: FY2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
2:30 pm | SD-192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Federal Cybersecurity Detection, Response, and Mitigation
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology
9:30 am | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Small Business and the Federal Government Subcommittee on How Cyber Attacks Threaten Both
House Small Business Committee
11 am | 2360 Rayburn House Office Building

STEM Congressional Reception
Hosted by ACS and the Council on Undergraduate Research
5:30 pm | Rayburn House Office Building

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Markup: FY2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
10:30 am | 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

2016 State of the Net Wireless

Join top government officials and private sector experts this afternoon for this year’s State of the Net Wireless. Beginning at 2 pm ET, the forum provides a lively discussion of trends and public policies shaping the mobile landscape, including the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile data consumption, voluntary and regulatory consumer protections, emergent wireless technologies, and wireless broadband. Speakers include White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy Daniel Correa and NTIA Policy Analyst Travis Hall.

Panel sessions include:

  • Making Cities Smarter Through Wireless
  • How Can We Make the Internet of Things the Innovation of Things?
  • The Mobile Glass Ceiling
  • Mobile Broadband – Keeping Up With Consumption

Onsite registration is free for government and media. The event will take place at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001.

Watch the live webcast at: stateofthenet.org/wireless/