Global Technology Policy Update – December 2016

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
December 12, 2016

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

Cybersecurity Education and Research in Europe – The ACM Europe Policy Committee released a policy white paper “Advancing Cybersecurity Education and Research in Europe.” Committee Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi recently presented the findings to the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism, a high-level advisory group to help inform the EU policymaking process.

Data Sciences Education – ACM is sponsoring a new 3-year initiative on data sciences postsecondary education organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A series of roundtable meetings will bring together data scientists, educators, industry, and government to discuss ways to strengthen the data sciences education, research, and workforce pipelines. The first roundtable meeting will be on December 14.

Cloud Computing – ACM Europe Policy Committee Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi participated in a panel on cloud computing policy at the EUBrasilCloudForum Open Workshop on November 10. The panel explored how recent developments in multi-cloud, IoT, and big data are driving demand for cloud service providers, data hosting, and 5G.

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

Happy holidays! Meetings and conference calls will resume in January.

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee will hold its monthly conference call in January.

• 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 working group conference calls to discuss its projects in January 2017.

EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

Accessibility Research – The European Commission will hold an information and networking day to discuss Horizon 2020 work programme opportunities for research on interfaces for accessibility on January 10, 2017.

Europe – Opportunities for Public Input

Next generation Internet
European Commission
Deadline: 9 January 2017

Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
European Commission
Deadline: 27 February 2017

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

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Computing Pioneers – Computing pioneers Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton, and Richard Garwin received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

Copyright – The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will hold a public meeting on “Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works” on December 9 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The meeting will include panel sessions on the digital marketplace, standards development, interoperability of digital registries, and blockchain technology. A webcast will be available.

United States – Opportunities for Public Input

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACM Fellows – ACM named 53 of its members as 2016 ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cryptography, computer architecture, high performance computing and programming languages. Among the 2016 ACM Fellows are two ACM U.S. Public Policy Council members. Nick Feamster at Princeton University is recognized for his data-driven studies of Internet security and Internet censorship. James Hendler at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is recognized for this contributions to artificial intelligence (AI) and the development of the semantic web.


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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 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.