Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Sponsor: 

New America

Date: 
Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:30 to 14:00

The rapidly improving accuracy of satellite navigation in mobile devices can help to democratize land surveying throughout the developing world. How can field practitioners best utilize this tech to implement community mapping initiatives and formalize property rights?



Sponsor: 

New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), Mozilla, and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Date: 
Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:30 to 17:15

Countries around the world are struggling with questions surrounding governments’ acquisition, assessment, use, and management of software and hardware vulnerabilities. When may governments retain a vulnerability for exploitation by law enforcement or intelligence agencies instead of disclosing it for repair?



Sponsor: 

Connect Americans Now

Date: 
Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:00

An exclusive briefing where new data will be presented that illuminates the true persistence of the digital divide. Data will be presented on a Surface Hub for user navigation and interaction at the state, county, and congressional district levels.

Please RSVP to [email protected] 



Sponsor: 

Technology Policy Institute

Date: 
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:00 to 13:30

New privacy regulations in Europe and California, combined with well-publicized data breaches, are fueling an intense debate about the U.S. approach to consumer privacy. The ongoing Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century prominently feature privacy. The Department of Commerce is engaged in a proceeding to develop privacy policy for the Administration. Companies and privacy advocates are increasingly united in favor of some form of federal privacy legislation. Despite disagreement on the details, the U.S.



Sponsor: 

Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition

Date: 
Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:00

Rural Health Care (RHC) Program participants have been asking a lot of questions over the last few months - both about the uncertain future of the program and about FY2018 funding requests. But the biggest question of all for FY2018 applicants is simply, "When will I know if my funding has been approved?"



Chairman Pai Continues Radical Deregulation Agenda. Next On The Menu — SMS Texting and Short Codes

On the anniversary of the repeal of network neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai now proposes another goodie for carriers – classifying both short codes and text messages as Title I “information service” rather than a Ti

Sponsor: 

Technology Policy Institute

Date: 
Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:00 to 11:30

Social media platforms are being accused of being at the root of a host of social ills: fake news, depression, political polarization, addiction, and other maladies. To test these assertions, Allcott and his team has been tracking the diffusion of misinformation on social media. Recently, they ran a large-scale randomized experiment in which we paid Facebook users to deactivate their accounts in the four weeks before the 2018 midterm elections. Professor Allcott will present results from these studies and other related work.



Sponsor: 

House Judiciary Committee

Date: 
Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:00

The hearing will examine potential bias and the need for greater transparency regarding the filtering practices of tech giant Google.

Witness

  • Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google


ITU’s Plenipot: What Happened

Every four years, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states meet at a three-week conference, the Plenipotentiary (or the Plenipot), to set the priorities of the organization for the next period and elect its top five leadership pos

A Hot Seat for Facebook, an Empty Chair for Zuckerberg and a Vow to Share Secret Files

Officials from nine countries examining Facebook’s business practices have spent weeks trying to get the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to face questions at a hearing. Instead, Zuckerberg was represented by an empty chair.