Tuesday, May 03, 2016

:: Application for Digital Inclusion Fellowships due May 13

Announcing the 22 Digital Inclusion Fellowship City Hosts and Call for Fellow Applications, Nonprofit Tech Network

"The Digital Inclusion Fellowship is expanding and applications are now open for 22 Fellowship positions!

"Last year, we announced the first ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF), in partnership with Google Fiber. In an effort to increase digital literacy and broadband adoption in digitally divided communities, we placed 16 Fellows with locally-based organizations in eight cities across the country.

"Applications for City Hosts in the second cohort of the Fellowship opened in February, calling for local organizations who would like to host a Fellow for a year with a focus on four core mission areas: adult literacy, digital inclusion, libraries, and public or affordable housing. Fellows in these organizations will have unique projects that reflect the missions, programs, and communities of each organization, but will share a common set of desired outcomes for adult digital literacy. As a network, both the City Hosts and Fellows will receive support, program guidance, training, and access to leading practitioners as they develop and implement critical programming locally.

"Today, we are thrilled to announce, with the continued support of Google Fiber as well as new support from Capital One, we will have 22 Fellows in the next cohort of the Fellowship program starting this July. We have selected 22 incredible organizations in 11 different cities who will work with Fellows this year to launch and expand adult digital literacy programs.

"Applications are now open and interviews may be scheduled on a rolling basis during the application period. Fellow selection may happen before applications close, so we encourage you to apply today! Fellow applications will close on May 13.

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:: NTIA Notice of 05/16/2016 Digital Economy Board of Advisors Meeting

April 28, 2016 "This notice announces an open meeting of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors.  The Board advises and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce, through the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on a broad range of issues concerning the digital economy and Internet policy.
"The meeting will be held on May 16, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. The meeting will be held at the Commerce Research Library, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.  Public comments may be mailed to: Digital Economy Board of Advisors, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 or emailed to DEBA@ntia.doc.gov.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

~ FTC CFP 9th Annual Microecon Conference

Ninth Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference

CONSTITUTION CENTER400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024 | Directions & Nearby


The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics will host a two-day conference to bring together scholars working in areas related to the FTC’s antitrust, consumer protection, and public policy missions.
CALL FOR PAPERS: The FTC will accept submissions of abstracts or completed papers at BE-Micro@ftc.gov(link sends e-mail)until July 1, 2016. Preference will be given to completed papers that relate to the FTC’s missions, in fields including industrial organization, quantitative marketing, health policy, and behavioral economics. Examples of potentially relevant topics include healthcare provider competition, vertical contracting, advertising, merger policy, innovation, privacy, intellectual property, bargaining, collusion, e-commerce, demand estimation, pharmaceutical markets, appropriate statistical standards for inference, and consumer decision-making.
The scientific committee for the conference is:
  • Leslie Marx (Duke University, Fuqua)
  • Chad Syverson (University of Chicago, Booth)
  • Florian Zettelmeyer (Northwestern University, Kellogg)
Organizers: Nathan Wilson (FTC) and Ted Rosenbaum (FTC)
The conference program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
This conference is sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics and Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The FTC conference organizers are Nathan Wilson and Ted Rosenbaum.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Executive Order -- Steps to Increase Competition and Better Inform Consumers and Workers to Support Continued Growth of the American Economy

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Executive Order -- Steps to Increase Competition and Better Inform Consumers and Workers to Support Continued Growth of the American Economy

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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to protect American consumers and workers and encourage competition in the U.S. economy, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Maintaining, encouraging, and supporting a fair, efficient, and competitive marketplace is a cornerstone of the American economy. Consumers and workers need both competitive markets and information to make informed choices.
Certain business practices such as unlawful collusion, illegal bid rigging, price fixing, and wage setting, as well as anticompetitive exclusionary conduct and mergers stifle competition and erode the foundation of America's economic vitality. The immediate results of such conduct -- higher prices and poorer service for customers, less innovation, fewer new businesses being launched, and reduced opportunities for workers -- can impact Americans in every walk of life.
Competitive markets also help advance national priorities, such as the delivery of affordable health care, energy independence, and improved access to fast and affordable broadband. Competitive markets also promote economic growth, which creates opportunity for American workers and encourages entrepreneurs to start innovative companies that create jobs.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have a proven record of detecting and stopping anticompetitive conduct and challenging mergers and acquisitions that threaten to consolidate markets and reduce competition.
Promoting competitive markets and ensuring that consumers and workers have access to the information needed to make informed choices must be a shared priority across the Federal Government. Executive departments and agencies can contribute to these goals through, among other things, pro-competitive rulemaking and regulations, and by eliminating regulations that create barriers to or limit competition. Such Government-wide action is essential to ensuring that consumers, workers, startups, small businesses, and farms reap the full benefits of competitive markets.
Sec. 2. Agency Responsibilities. (a) Executive departments and agencies with authorities that could be used to enhance competition (agencies) shall, where consistent with other laws, use those authorities to promote competition, arm consumers and workers with the information they need to make informed choices, and eliminate regulations that restrict competition without corresponding benefits to the American public.
(b) Agencies shall identify specific actions that they can take in their areas of responsibility to build upon efforts to detect abuses such as price fixing, anticompetitive behavior in labor and other input markets, exclusionary conduct, and blocking access to critical resources that are needed for competitive entry. Behaviors that appear to violate our antitrust laws should be referred to antitrust enforcers at DOJ and the FTC. Such a referral shall not preclude further action by the referring agency against that behavior under that agency's relevant statutory authority.
(c) Agencies shall also identify specific actions that they can take in their areas of responsibility to address undue burdens on competition. As permitted by law, agencies shall consult with other interested parties to identify ways that the agency can promote competition through pro-competitive rulemaking and regulations, by providing consumers and workers with information they need to make informed choices, and by eliminating regulations that restrict competition without corresponding benefits to the American public.
(d) Not later than 30 days from the date of this order, agencies shall submit to the Director of the National Economic Council an initial list of (1) actions each agency can potentially take to promote more competitive markets; (2) any specific practices, such as blocking access to critical resources, that potentially restrict meaningful consumer or worker choice or unduly stifle new market entrants, along with any actions the agency can potentially take to address those practices; and (3) any relevant authorities and tools potentially available to enhance competition or make information more widely available for consumers and workers.
(e) Not later than 60 days from the date of this order, agencies shall report to the President, through the Director of the National Economic Council, recommendations on agency-specific actions that eliminate barriers to competition, promote greater competition, and improve consumer access to information needed to make informed purchasing decisions. Such recommendations shall include a list of priority actions, including rulemakings, as well as timelines for completing those actions.
(f) Subsequently, agencies shall report semi-annually to the President, through the Director of the National Economic Council, on additional actions that they plan to undertake to promote greater competition.
(g) Sections 2(d), 2(e), and 2(f) of this order do not require reporting of information related to law enforcement policy and activities.
Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b) Independent agencies are strongly encouraged to comply with the requirements of this order.
(c) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
April 15, 2016

FCC Broadband Privacy NPRM RFC

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NIST Released the following Draft Special Publications (SP):

NIST Released the following Draft Special Publications (SP):
(1) Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-175B, Guideline for Using Cryptographic Standards in the Federal Government: Cryptographic Mechanisms
(2) Draft SP 800-46 Revision 2, Guide to Enterprise Telework, Remote Access, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security
(3) Draft SP 800-114 Revision 1, User's Guide to Telework and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security
Draft SP 800-154, Guide to Data-Centric System Threat Modeling, and
(5) PRE-DRAFT SP 800-53 (Revision 5), Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

All 4 of these Draft and 1 PRE-Draft SPs are available for public comment and can be found on the NIST CSRC website.  See below for further details on these 5 draft documents.

 1. Draft SP 800-175B:
Information and links to Draft SP 800-175B can be found on the NIST CSRC Draft publications page. Below is the link to this Draft:

Deadline to submit comments: Friday, April 29, 2016

Email comments or questions about this draft document to:

2. Draft SP 800-46 Revision 2
Information and links to Draft SP 800-46 Revision 2 can be found on the NIST CSRC Draft publications page. There is also a comment template available to use to submit comments. Below is the link to this Draft: 

Deadline to submit comments: April 15, 2016

Email comments or questions about this draft document to:

NIST Public Affairs Office issued a press release about this draft and also for Draft SP 800-114 Revision 1:

3. Draft SP 800-114 Revision 1
Information and links to Draft SP 800-114 Revision 1 can be found on the NIST CSRC Draft publications page. There is also a comment template available to use to submit comments. Below is the link to this Draft: 

Deadline to submit comments: April 15, 2016

Email comments or questions about this draft document to:

4. Draft SP 800-154
Information and links to Draft SP 800-154 can be found on the NIST CSRC Draft publications page. There is also a comment template available to use to submit comments. Below is the link to this Draft: 

Deadline to submit comments: April 15, 2016

Email comments or questions about this draft document to:

5. (PRE-DRAFT) NIST SP 800-53 Revision 5

Full details can be found on the CSRC website:

Please respond by April 1st 2016 to the call for comments to:

**Important Note:  There is no actual document for Revision 5 as yet.  To submit your comments / suggestions, you will need to refer to and reference from SP 800-53 Revision 4 to formulate your feedback to potentially help improve this document  to a Revision 5. Click the 1st link above to this Pre-Draft to learn all the details on this exercise.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

NTIA "Reviewing the IANA Transition Proposal"

"Over the past two decades, the Internet has touched the lives of billions of people around the globe in profound ways.  It has fueled economic growth, giving even the most remote villages the opportunity to sell their products in faraway lands.  It has fueled innovation, connecting mobile gadgets and household appliances.  And it has torn down barriers to speech, enabling diverse viewpoints to be heard across the political spectrum.
"The Obama Administration is committed to doing everything within our power to preserve and protect the open, free-flowing global Internet, which has revolutionized the world.  That’s why two years ago, we announced our intention to transition the U.S. government’s stewardship role of the Internet Domain Name System to the global multistakeholder community.
"Since our announcement, the Internet community – made up of businesses, technical experts, academics and civil society – has risen to the challenge by developing a transition plan that has achieved broad community support.  The community delivered that proposal to NTIA yesterday, marking the culmination of the largest multistakeholder process ever undertaken.  Stakeholders spent more than 26,000 working hours on the proposal, exchanged more than 33,000 messages on mailing lists, and held more than 600 meetings and calls.
"Why is this transition so important? The Internet has grown and thrived largely because of the multitude of folks who have come together around the globe through multistakeholder processes to solve technical and policy challenges on a consensus basis.  No government or intergovernmental entity could have accomplished what this community of experts has achieved in such a relatively short period of time.
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Monday, March 07, 2016

Consumer Tech Assoc Internships


"The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services."