Global Technology Policy Newsletter – January 2017

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
January 17, 2017

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS


Through policy statements, issue briefs, white papers, and reports, ACM delivers knowledge-based analysis and educational materials to advance policy leaders’ understanding. ACM’s policy members apply their expertise and experience to bring relevant scientific research, best practices, and foresight of technology advances to public policy issues.

Free Webinar on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics – The ACM Learning Center is holding a panel and town hall on Big Thoughts and Big Questions about Ethics in Artificial Intelligence on January 25, 2017 at noon ET. Speakers include Professor Joanna J. Bryson, Professor Francesca Rossi, ACM Fellow Stuart Russell, ACM Fellow Michael Wooldridge, ACM SIGAI Ethics Officer Nicholas Mattei and ACM SIGAI Secretary/Treasurer Rosemary Paradis. Registration is free.

Research and Development – The ACM Europe Policy Committee will participate in a Science|Business event on R&D funding under the European Research and Innovation Framework Programms and a new pilot programme on military research on January 26, 2017.

Algorithms – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council released a Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability, containing a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful bias.

Privacy and Security Research – ACM Public Policy exhibited at the 2nd Annual FTC PrivacyCon Privacy and Research Networking Symposium on January 12. Thanks to all current and new ACM members who stopped by the booth.

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 meeting was held in December 2016. The next roundtable meeting will be in March 2017.

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee will hold its monthly conference call at the end of 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 held 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

115th Congress – The new year began with the swearing in of the elected members of the 115th Congress on January 3.

Presidential Inauguration – Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President on January 20.

White House Office of Science, Technology, and Policy Exit Memo – White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Dr. John Holdren and U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Megan Smith released an Exit Memo, recapping actions taken during the past 8 years and highlighting some of OSTP’s recommendations for future efforts.

Semiconductors – The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report on semiconductor innovation, competitiveness, and security, titled “Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors.”

Artificial Intelligence and Automation – The White House released a report on “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy.” It follows the previous White House report on AI published in October 2016. The new report explores the kinds of jobs AI will create, the potential opportunities of AI, and its impacts on economic growth. The report’s three possible policy strategies call for investments in AI; expanded access to high-quality education, particularly in the “areas such as computer science,” at all levels of education; and training and transition assistance to prepare and empower workers to meet the scale of the need for fast growing occupations.

13th Annual State of the Net Conference The 13th Annual State of the Net will be held on January 23 and will feature federal officials and Members of Congress. Topics will include the future of government innovation, cybersecurity, privacy, broadband and 5G deployment, Internet governance, and the Internet of Things. Princeton Professor Nick Feamster, the Co-Chair of the IoT Working Group of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, is a speaker on the “Securing the Future of the Internet of Things” panel at noon.

Internet of Things – The next NTIA multistakeholder Forum on IoT Upgradability and Patching will be on January 31, 2017. Four working groups will present updates on standards, patching expectations, improving transparency, and incentives and barriers to adoption.

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

Updates to the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (NIST Cybersecurity Framework)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: April 10, 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.