Global Technology Policy Newsletter – February 2017

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS


ACM seeks to educate policymakers, the computing community, and the public about policies that will that foster and accelerate innovations in computing, computing education, and related disciplines in ways that benefit society.

ACM Statement on U.S. Executive Order – ACM released a statement expressing concern about the new U.S. Executive Order imposing suspension of visas for nationals from seven affected countries.

Apply for the new ACM Future of Computing Academy – Early career computing professionals are invited to apply for the inaugural ACM Future of Computing Academy. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. Applications are due by March 15, 2017.

Internet of Things – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s new Green Paper: Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things references and cites input provided by the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, particularly as related to IoT privacy and security. The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council will provide additional input and recommendations in response to the green paper.

Algorithms – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council continues to work on technical and policy materials related to algorithmic transparency and accountability.

Research and Development – The ACM Europe Policy Committee participated 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.

Free Webinar on Undergraduate Data Science Education – Join us for this free webinar on February 16, 2017 on “UC Berkeley’s Data Science Course for Undergraduates: Computational and Inferential Thinking for the 21st Century,” co-sponsored by ACM and the American Statistical Association.

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 next roundtable meeting will be in March 2017.

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee will meet in Munich, Germany on March 2, 2017.

• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council governance body will hold its next meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 30-31, 2017.

• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Privacy Committee will hold its next conference call on February 13, 2017 to discuss its current projects on IoT privacy and security, the privacy and security of computing and network systems, and cybersecurity.

• The ACM Education Policy Committee will hold working group meeting on transfer pathways in computing among 2-year educational institutions and 4-year colleges and universities on February 14, 2017.

EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

Draft ePrivacy Regulation – A new proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications aims to address privacy, trust, and security in the Digital Single Market and to update current rules with the General Data Protection Regulation, which will become effective next year.

Building the European Data Economy – The European Commission unveiled newly proposed policy and legal solutions to address the EU’s data economy and to realize effective implementation of the Digital Single Market strategy. The “Building the European Data Economy” package includes a Communication and a Staff Working Document. The Commission seeks further input on data access and transfers, liability related to data-based products and services, and data portability, reuse, and ownership.

Computing and Informatics Education – Nearly one million people participated in the annual EU Code Week held in October 2016. The majority of students at more than one-third of participating schools learned the basics of coding and computational thinking. The European Commission and the organizers of the EU Code Week are hoping for another record-setting year in 2017. Save the date for EU Code Week 7-22 October 2017.

Europe – Opportunities for Public Input

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

Future Role of the EU Cybersecurity Agency – ENISA
EU Agency for Network and Information Security
European Commission
Deadline: 12 April 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 – The National Academies of Sciences announced that Robert H. Dennard will receive the 2017 Award for the Industrial Application of Science in recognition of his significant contributions to computing. His inventions in microelectronics have brought us the RAM used in nearly every computing device today.

Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain – The Federal Trade Commission will hold a Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain on March 9, 2017 at U.C. Berkeley, California. Attend in person or watch the live webcast for free.

United States – Opportunities for Public Input

Digital Identity Guidelines
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Deadline: March 31, 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


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.