Global Technology Policy Update – October 2016

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

Computer Science Education and Research in Europe – ACM Europe Policy Committee members will be attending the European Computer Science Summit in Budapest, Hungary on October 24-26, which features programs on the challenges and opportunities in computer science education and research.

Computing Research – ACM Europe Policy Committee members and staff will attend a Science|Business event on “Research Strategies: Europe 2030 and the next Framework Programme” in Brussels on October 10.

Computer Privacy and Security – ACM Europe Policy Committee members will be attending the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Vienna, Austria on October 24-28.

Algorithms – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council will host a technical workshop on October 27 to explore the use of algorithms and the related policy issues.

Accessibility – ACM Policy staff delivered a prepared statement on behalf of U.S. Public Policy Council at the U.S. Access Board’s meeting. The statement addressed the proposed ICT accessibility regulations for federal government. The Board voted to approve the regulations.

Artificial Intelligence – The ACM Public Policy staff attended the White House Event on Expanding the Open Data Opportunity Project. The day featured presentations and hands-on demonstrations of 29 new open data projects to provide tools for state and local governments and local communities. The tools were built by companies and nonprofits based on datasets and challenges identified by the Departments of Labor, Transportation, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Surgeon General. ACM members were among the technologists creating tools and platforms for social good using the open datasets. The White House issued a call to action for more computing professionals and technologists to develop new tools and invent new ways of using open data to bring high-value to federal government data. To learn more, visit: opportunity.census.gov

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee holds a monthly conference call. Members are working on a Cybersecurity Policy White Paper to present to the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism, a high-level advisory group to help inform the EU policymaking process.

• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Privacy Committee will hold a conference call on October 24. The USACM Council will hold its next conference call on January 17, 2017.

• The ACM Education Policy Committee will hold a working group conference call to discuss computing education in community colleges.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Internet Governance – The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions transferred to the multistakeholder community on October 1, 2016.

Heidelberg Laureate Forum – ACM sponsored a one-week event in Europe that gathers the Laureates of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize for an inspirational exchange of ideas. The event incorporates student and early career scientists in the areas of mathematics and computer science to cultivate lively intellectual discourse on both philosophical and practical questions. Videos of selected lectures are available.

World Standards DayWorld Standards Day is held each year on October 14. This year’s theme is “Standards build trust.” International standards are used to harmonize technical aspects in computers, mobile phones, digital content, and the Internet.

EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

European Cyber Security Month – October is Cybersecurity Month in Europe. It aims to raise awareness among the public of best practices in digital security and generate increased awareness of network and information security, the subject of a proposed Directive. The campaign coincides with the U.S. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Public and private sectors are encouraged to get involved in activities. Learn more at cybersecuritymonth.eu.

EU Code Week – EU Code Week will be held October 15-23 and will feature a range of events. This annual celebration aims to inspire widespread interest in coding and digital skills. Last year, roughly 8,000 coding events engaged nearly 60,000 people in 46 countries. Learn more at codeweek.eu.

Digital Assembly 2016 – The Digital Assembly, held September 28-29, featured sessions on e-commerce, automated driving, the Internet of Things (IoT), privacy, high-speed internet, and the modernization of EU copyright rules. One session explored the proposed fair use policies that the European Commission will consider for adoption in December. Videos of the plenaries and sessions are available.

Europe – Opportunities for Public Input

Interim evaluation of Joint Undertakings operating under Horizon 2020
This consultation aims to collect the views of the public about the implementation of the Joint Undertakings (JUs) under Horizon 2020 for the period 2014 to 2016.
Deadline: 3 October 2016

Nominations: European Inventor Award
Nominees must hold a European patent.
European Patent Office
Deadline: 12 October 2016

Interim evaluation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Relevant to education, workforce development, research funding, European and national initiatives
European Commission
Deadline: 20 November 2016

Building a European Data Economy
Results will inform a possible future initiative on the European Data Economy in 2017.
European Commission
Deadline: 26 April 2017

Europe – Summaries and Reports

Digital Scoreboard 2016: Strengthening the European Digital Economy and Society
European Commission

EU eGovernment Report 2016
European Commission

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

National Cyber Security Awareness Month – October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It aims to raise awareness among the public of best practices in digital security and increase the resiliency of networks, devices, and digital infrastructures. Each week has a theme: online safety, cybersecurity in businesses, combating cybercrime, mobile app security, and critical infrastructure. Consumers can find cyber tips for online safety and security.

Internet of Things: Security – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene its next public forum on IoT security upgradability and patching to discuss best practices within private industry for security upgrades and patches for devices, sensors, and other technologies related to the emergent Internet of Things (IoT).

White House Frontiers Conference – The White House will host a Frontiers Conference on October 13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to explore ways to build U.S. capacity in computing, science, technology, and innovation. Topics will include artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, robotics, drones, cybersecurity, and brain-computer interfaces for assistive technology. ACM Fellow Jeannette Wing and ACM Lawler Award winner Robin R. Murphy will be speaking.

Lightweight Cryptography and Standards – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a workshop on lightweight cryptography on October 17-18. The presentations and discussions will help inform a future report. NIST seeks discussion of potential future standardization processes. The event is free, but attendees must pre-register.

Accessibility – The White House Design for All Showcase, held last month, featured innovations in inclusive design, assistive technologies, and accessible tech. The National Institutes of Health launched a 5-year research agenda to assist people with disabilities through new approaches, including 3D printing. Companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions pledged to further their efforts, including expanded approaches of accessibility by design where products are designed from the beginning with the goal of being accessible and usable.

United States – Opportunities for Public Input

National Broadband Research Agenda
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: October 11, 2016

Assessing Threats to Mobile Devices and Infrastructure
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: October 12, 2016

Draft Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities: Report to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: October 18, 2016

Multistakeholder Forum on Internet of Things Security Upgradability and Patching
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Deadline: October 19, 2016

Draft: Systems Security Engineering Guideline: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: October 21, 2016

Data Portability
White House
Deadline: November 23, 2016

United States – Summaries and Reports

Demystifying the Internet of Things
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Advanced Identity Workshop on Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem: Summary and Next Steps
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nominations Open for New Excellence in CS Teaching Awards
ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and Infosys Foundation USA announce the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. Up to 10 awards of $10,000 each will be given annually to recognize today’s best teachers from around the world. Applications for nominations for the awards are now available. The deadline is November 1.


Have events to add? Please let us know at: acmpo@acm.org


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 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 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.