Global Technology Policy Newsletter – April 2017

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
April 3, 2017

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

ACM provides independent, nonpartisan, and technology-neutral research and resources to policy leaders, stakeholders, and the public about public policy issues, as drawn from the deep technical expertise of the computing community.

Internet of Things – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council provided comments in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Green Paper on Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things. The Green Paper cites earlier input provided by the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, particularly as related to IoT privacy and security. In these additional comments, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council urges the Department to consider lightweight cryptography and cryptographic coprocessors, data-driven technologies and algorithmic capabilities, privacy and security risks of abandoned or discarded IoT technology, and global standards and guidelines to foster interoperability. The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council anticipates releasing additional guidance on IoT privacy and security next month.

Data Sciences Education – The next roundtable on data sciences postsecondary education organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be held on May 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This roundtable is part of a series of meetings that bring together data scientists, educators, industry, and government to discuss ways to strengthen the data sciences education, research, and workforce pipelines. ACM is a sponsor of the roundtable series.

ICYMI – Free Webinars

Free Webinar on Trends in High Performance Computing – Did you miss ACM Learning Center’s “Current Trends in High Performance Computing and Challenges for the Future” with Jack Dongarra. Watch the archived webcast on YouTube.

Free Webinar on Undergraduate Data Science Education – Did you miss the recent webinar 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? Watch the archived webcast on YouTube.

Upcoming ACM Public Policy Meetings

• The ACM Europe Policy Committee will hold a monthly conference call.

• The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council governance body held its meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 30-31, 2017. The Council reaffirmed its continued focus on algorithms, big data, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, voting systems, privacy, security, digital governance, accessibility, and intellectual property. It’s next call will be on May 16, 2017.

• The ACM Education Policy Committee will hold a small working group call on postsecondary computing education to discuss further the report on effective transfers of students from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions.

EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

Joint Declaration on Legislative Priorities – The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission issued a joint declaration outlining the EU’s legislative priorities for 2017. Among the top topics are copyright reform, spectrum, preventing unjustified geo-blocking, revising the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, and completing the modernization of data protection rules.

Digital Day As part of the Treaties of Rome at 60 celebrations, EU officials convened a day of high-level discussions on March 23. Digital Day brought together EU ministers and industry leaders to foster cooperation on Europe’s digital transformation. EU Member States expressed support for and made commitments related to high-performance computing (HPC), connected mobility, industry modernization, and workforce development.

European Interoperability Framework – The European Commission adopted a new European Interoperability Framework to help governments coordinate and improve their efforts to provide public services online.

Europe – Opportunities for Public Input

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

Copyright – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will host a public meeting to discuss how best to communicate to consumers regarding license terms and restrictions in connection with online transactions involving copyrighted works. The meeting will be held on April 18, 2017 and will be webcast.

Cybersecurity Framework Workshop – Registration is open for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop on May 16-17. Space is limited.

Cryptography – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a workshop summary report on Cryptographic Agility and Interoperability. The report covers standards, technical infrastructure, security implications, user implications, potential areas of research, and policy implications.

United States – Opportunities for Public Input

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 the 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 draw 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.