Global Technology Policy Update – November 2016

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
November 11, 2016

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

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

Algorithms – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council hosted a technical workshop on October 27 to explore the use of algorithms and the related policy issues. Members are working on a set of principles related to algorithmic accountability.

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee holds a monthly conference call.

• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council governance body will hold its next conference call on January 17, 2017.

• The ACM Education Policy Committee will hold a working group conference call to discuss its project on computer science education policy.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

IoT and Spectrum – The ITU will hold a Workshop on Spectrum Management for Internet of Things Deployment on November 22 in Geneva, Switzerland. Topics will include the technical and operational aspects of radio systems and networks, harmonization of short-range devices, and research studies on IoT.

High Performance Computing – ACM will hold its annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC16, in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, on November 14-17. Videos of the plenaries will be available.

EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

Accessibility – The European Parliament adopted a Directive on the accessibility of government websites and mobile apps. Member states will have until August 2018 to transpose and enact national legislation. The Directive advances the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and seeks to build on achieving the right of equal access to information and communication technologies for persons with disabilities as pursuant to Article 9 of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

EU-US Research Cooperation – A new Implementing Agreement between the European Union and the United States reduces barriers for crossborder research cooperation and provides new opportunities.

Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Identities – The High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) held a Workshop on Security Digital Identities for the Digital Single Market in Europe on October 25-26 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The outcomes will be discussed at the High Level Group’s meeting on November 24. The workshop outcomes will help inform a report to be published in March 2017.

Europe – Opportunities for Public Input

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

Work Programme 2017
European Commission

EU eGovernment Report 2016
European Commission

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month – November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, by Presidential Proclamation. Events and training activities will seek to help government, businesses, and the public understand and enhance the stability and security of critical infrastructures.

Quantum Information Sciences – The White House Forum on Quantum Information Sciences brought together 70 representatives from government, businesses, academia, and nonprofits to discuss future directions for research, technology transfer, workforce training, and government funding. Breakout sessions discussed possible policies, activities, and initiatives to facilitate further activities to accelerate progress in quantum information sciences.

Semiconductors – The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has formed a new working group to explore how to strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Search Engines and Information Retrieval – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a Conference on Text Retrieval on November 15. The event aims to help improve the quality of search engines. Panels will look at the past progress and the challenges ahead in moving forward. Track sessions will address biomedical, the legal sector, and AI. The event will be live webcast.

Vulnerability Research Disclosures – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the next meeting of the cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure on November 7 in Washington, D.C. The process aims to establish stakeholder consensus about high-level principles that will promote better collaboration among security researchers, vendors, and owners of products.

United States – Opportunities for Public Input

Data Portability
White House
Deadline: November 23, 2016

Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Deadline: January 17, 2017

United States – Summaries and Reports

Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence
White House

Making Email Trustworthy
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

A Comparison of Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) Standards for Data Service Applications
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


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.