"When we complete our work, we expect to deliver to the President a report that will help identify technological changes to watch, whether those technological changes are addressed by the U.S.'s current policy framework and highlight where further government action, funding, research and consideration may be required."
Part of this effort involves a study by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on big data and privacy. USACM signed onto a letter encouraging PCAST to include public input in its study process. OSTP is co-sponsoring a series of Big Data and Privacy workshops with the first one March 3 at MIT, and additional workshops planned for New York University and Berkeley later this year.
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The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series
features Dr. Juan E. Gilbert on "Innovation in Voting Accessibility" Tuesday, March 11, at 9 am ET. The presentation will be followed by accessible technology demonstrations in the FCC's Technology Experience Center. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for in-person attendance is not required but encouraged. A live webcast with captioning will be available.
Dr. Gilbert is a member of USACM and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Computing at Clemson University. He chairs the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing where he leads the HCC Lab. His research team won the FCC Chairman's 2012 Award for Advancement in Accessibility for their accessible voting system, known as the Prime III: A Universally Designed Voting Machine. He was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Mentoring by President Barack Obama in 2011.
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The FCC is seeking nominations
for the 3rd Annual FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility until March 31, 2014.
The awards encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices that benefit people with disabilities. Nominations can include a product, service, technology, or practice introduced between August 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Individuals, businesses, organizations, or other public or private entities can submit nominations. Self-nominations also will be accepted.
Award categories include:
- Mobile Web Browsers
- Social Media
- Closed Captions
- Video Descriptions
- Advanced Communications Services
- Employment Opportunities
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilties
- Unique and inventive
- Extent to which disability needs are addressed
- Number of people likely to benefit
- Affordability and availability
- Whether recognition foster additional innovation and accessibility
Nominations should include a brief description of the innovation, the award category, the date the innovation was introduced to the public, and why the innovation qualifies for the Chairman's Award.
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The M-Enabling Summit conference invites program proposals for presentations and case studies. The conference, June 9-10, 2014 in the Washington, D.C. area, is co-sponsored by G3ict, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It attracts attendees from the U.S. federal government, foreign governments, academia, industry, and civil society. The deadline for proposals is March 21, 2014.
TThe conference features presentations on innovations within the mobile accessibility eco-system, including mobiles apps, devices, services, and peripherals. Presentations can describe and demonstrate new software and services or explore case studies that show demonstrated benefits for people with disabilities.
Proposals should be 350-500 words describing the innovative technology or service, its benefits to people with disabilities, and how the accessible solution is distributed. Proposals should include relevant links to the innovation and media stories.
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The U.S. Copyright Office invites public comments on the rights of "making available" and "communication to the public," particularly in the digital age. The deadline for comments is April 4, 2014, and a public roundtable will be held in Washington, D.C. May 5, 2014.
Questions from the Federal Register announcement include the following topics:
- Existing Exclusive Rights Under Title 17
- Foreign Implementation and Interpretation of the WIPO Internet Treaties
- Possible Changes to U.S. Law
More information is available online
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The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force will hold a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss the DMCA notice and takedown system March 20, 2014 at the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. Subsequent public forums will take place every 6 weeks, alternating between the USPTO main campus and Silicon Valley. Advance registration
is required to attend in person or to watch the livecast.
The Internet Policy Task Force is co-led by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and is coordinating with the U.S. Copyright Office. The Task Force aims to produce an agreed upon outcome to improve the DMCA notice and takedown system by the end of the year.
Additional details about this first multi-stakeholder forum will be announced in the Federal Register. The Task Force also anticipates holding roundtables to discuss remixes, first sale, and statutory damages.
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