Global Technology Policy Newsletter May 2017
ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS
ACM provides independent, nonpartisan, and technology-neutral research and resources to policy leaders, stakeholders, and the public about public policy issues, as drawn from the deep technical expertise of the computing community.
ACM Code of Ethics 2018 – Draft 2 has been published for public comments until June 1, 2017. This is the last opportunity to comment before the final version.
Algorithms – The UK-based Royal Statistical Society expressed support for the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability in its recent input to the UK Parliament’s House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into the use of algorithmic tools for data-informed decisions.
Cybersecurity – A report on cybersecurity policy published by the European Commission’s top scientific advisers cites the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee’s White Paper on “Advancing Cybersecurity Research and Education in Europe” and the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council’s Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability. The 104-page report and its recommendations will help inform a revision of the European Cybersecurity Strategy, which is a foundational part of the policy framework for EU cybersecurity initiatives.
Computer Science Education – The ACM Education Policy Committee will co-sponsor a briefing for Congressional staff on policy issues related to computer science and other STEM fields on May 10, 2017.
Data Sciences Education – The next public forum on data science education convened by the National Academies of Sciences will be on May 1-3 in Washington, D.C. ACM is a sponsor of the roundtable series.
Cybersecurity Education – Professor Diana Burley is at the forefront of cybersecurity education. She is the Co-Chair of the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education. Read her fascinating interview.
Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings
• The ACM Europe Policy Committee will hold a monthly conference call.
• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council governance body will hold a bimonthly call on May 16, 2017 to discuss next steps for policy projects related to algorithms, big data, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, voting systems, privacy, security, digital governance, accessibility, and intellectual property.
• The ACM Education Policy Committee will hold a small working group call on postsecondary computing education to discuss further the report on effective transfers of students from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions.
Digital Assembly 2017 – Registration is open for the Digital Assembly 2017 on 15-16 June in Malta. The event is co-organized by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Workshops and panel discussions will explore how to make the most of the digital transformation, the challenges and opportunities of the data economy, strengthening the critical infrastructures of IoT devices, and digital disruption.
Automated Vehicles – Members of the European Union and of the European Economic Area have agreed to test crossborder corridors for connected and automated vehicles.
European Interoperability Framework – The European Commission adopted a new European Interoperability Framework to help governments coordinate and improve their efforts to provide public services online.
Europe – Opportunities for Public Input
Review of the Significant Market Power (SMP) Guidelines
The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the review of the SMP Guidelines of 2002 in view to update them in time for the implementation of the new European Electronic Communications Code.
Deadline: 26 June 2017
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Cybersecurity Framework Workshop – Registration is open for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop on May 16-17. Space is limited.
IoT Security Patches and Upgrades – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force hosted a public meeting to discuss security upgradability and patching of Internet of Things technologies. Watch the archived webcast.
Copyright – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force hosted a public meeting to discuss how best to communicate to consumers regarding license terms and restrictions in connection with online transactions involving copyrighted works.
United States – Opportunities for Public Input
Privacy and Security of Automated Cars
Federal Trade Commission
Deadline extended: May 1, 2017
Nominations for First Responder Network Authority Board Members
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Deadline: May 22, 2017
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ACM Europe Policy Committee
The ACM Europe Policy Committee 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. The committee represents a diverse community of computing practitioners, scientists, educators, researchers, and other technology professionals from government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector. The committee’s contributions to public policy draw from the deep scientific and technical expertise of the computing community.
ACM U.S. Public Policy Council
The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council 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. Its 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.