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SIIA President Jeff Joseph Featured on The Association 100 DEI Podcast

This week SIIA President Jeff Joseph joins the Association 100 podcast and introduces SIIA’s newest member benefit — a brand new microsite dedicated to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): siia.net/dei.  Listen to this podcast and hear Jeff share insights on how associations can take a thoughtful approach to DEI; promote better outcomes and how associations can differentiate themselves providing helpful resources for members. He dives into how associations can make an impact; what’s going to add the most valuable to members and how to grow business.

He also talks about looking inward and “walking the walk” as an association by welcoming a diversity of viewpoints in the workforce. To hear this full interview, please visit A Thoughtful Approach to DEI.

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SIIA Provides Input on Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) to Inform Pre-Rulemaking Session

In a letter to Attorney General Weiser, SIIA highlighted the following points that we believe would make the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) stronger in its implementation:

  • Publicly available information. Many of our members depend on information in the public domain. The current version of the CPA does not appropriately address free speech concerns in its attempt to exempt publicly available information from the definition of personal data. We recommend a definition that adds widely available media – a defined phrase that clearly exempts the republication of information in databases of newspapers, and in unrestricted social media feeds – in addition to information released by the government, which is part of the existing statutory definition.
  • Amend the language to strengthen consumer rights and freedoms. Without this language, covered entities will lack the necessary flexibility to consider when the fulfillment of an individual request may infringe on the privacy of others, especially in circumstances when devices are shared by more than one individual. Other states like Virginia and California take an approach to remedy this problem.
  • Add accommodation for infeasible consumer requests. We recommend Colorado include additional guidelines in statute to denote action taken by data controllers, in the event of technically infeasible or unfounded consumer requests, in an effort to harmonize consumer requests with business compliance.
  • Clarify provisions categorized as “sensitive data”. We recommend clarifying the definition of sensitive data to ensure that consumers and businesses are aligned on the expectations for how sensitive data is treated.
    • First, the Colorado bill should include a clear and concise definition of biometric data. We recommend aligning with the definition of biometric data in Virginia’s privacy law to avoid confusion in practical application of the definition and help in the implementation of the Colorado bill, while avoiding costly implementation challenges.
    • Second, we recommend that the Colorado bill clarify that sensitive data includes data collected from a child, rather than more generally about a child. This change would help the bill to focus on the issue of concern without leading to implementation challenges ancillary to children’s data.

You can read more in the full letter.

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Reflections on the U.S.-EU TTC: Progress on Transatlantic Digital Policy – But Controversial Issues Remain

By Mort Skroejer and Paul Lekas

There is much to celebrate about the second ministerial meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), held on May 16 in Paris-Saclay, France. Relations between the U.S. and the EU have vastly improved in the past year. Contacts at all levels of government are more frequent, and they are marked by a genuine desire to work constructively toward finding solutions to common challenges. But there is also room for improvement. After two rounds of high-level meetings, the TTC is approaching a point where the parties will need to move beyond the low-hanging fruit and show measurable progress on some of the thornier issues in the transatlantic relationship around digital governance.

The second TTC meeting took place in the shadow of the brutal and illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine. Tragic as it is, the invasion provided an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the transatlantic relationship, pursue policies based on “shared democratic values” and, with astonishing speed, agree to implement debilitating sanctions and export control measures aimed at the Putin regime.

The U.S.-EU Joint Statement outlines a robust agenda for pursuing alignment on tech and digital policy.  SIIA is pleased that the ministerial adopted recommendations we advocated for with U.S. and EC officials. Importantly, the TTC announced that it will undertake concrete steps to further a risk-based approach to artificial intelligence (AI) that builds on the critical work being done by the OECD, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and standards development organizations.This will enable regulators to better assess AI systems for safety, security, trustworthiness, and bias. 

In addition, as suggested by SIIA, the TTC will pursue a common project around privacy enhancing technologies (PETs). The PET category includes technologies that are designed to protect the privacy and security of sensitive information. The reason PETs are so important is that they can serve as an integral part of a democratic model of emerging technology, and act as a counter to an authoritarian model preferred in some countries that sacrifices privacy, trust, safety, and transparency.

The TTC was not going to be able to solve every trade or technology-related irritant in the transatlantic relationship in the first year of its existence. And there is much to commend governments on both sides for all that has been accomplished so far. But after two successful meetings, it is also important to be clear-eyed about the challenges that lie ahead.

There remain challenges in the transatlantic relationship around digital policy. Critically, the EU has moved forward with a series of regulations that will make it more difficult to pursue a shared vision of democratic technology governance. These include the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, which would create barriers to U.S. companies and carry risks to international security. In addition, the recently proposed Data Act compounds these challenges and would impose restrictions on international transfers of information well beyond those that led to the invalidation of the Privacy Shield and have imperiled transatlantic commerce. 

Forging closer bonds and reestablishing trust are important accomplishments in the first year of the TTC. But building on these early successes by delivering more concrete results will be important for the next round of talks in December.

SIIA’s recommendations for the second TTC ministerial are summarized here. And the joint U.S.-EU Joint Statement following the talks can be found here.

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Associations Council Lunch & Learn: Reimagining the Magazine

 

Magazines are often the hub of information for an association, but magazines can sometimes be reimagined to take a different form or expand into other forms of media. Learn how associations have reimagined their magazine, whether through a redesign, a new format, adding other media, changing the frequency or “sunsetting” it all together, or launching other content vehicles. SIIA AM&P Network is a CAE Approved Provider.

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NewSky XR Brings the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards Winner Announcements into the Metaverse

SIIA Press Contact: Jenny Baranowski

NewSky XR Brings the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards Winner Announcements into the Metaverse

For Immediate Release: 

Washington, DC – Today, SIIA announced that it will be leveraging NewSky XR’s cutting-edge immersive event platform to take the signature CODiE Awards into the metaverse for the winner announcements, scheduled June 8th and 9th. 

Known as the “Oscars” of the software industry, the CODiE Awards are presented annually by SIIA to top software, information, ed tech and business products, teams and leaders. 

“We are thrilled to work with NewSky XR on this year’s CODiE Award winner announcement party. Our partnership will provide revelers an opportunity to interact and engage in the metaverse,” said Jennifer Baranowski, Managing Director of the CODiE Awards. “NewSky XR ‘s platform not only personifies the best of the CODiEs – representing cutting edge technology – but offers everyone involved an exceptional experience.”

This year’s CODiE Award winner announcement will also feature a pre show and afterparty in the NewSky XR New York Rooftop location in the metaverse, providing a whole new level of virtual interactivity and participant engagement. 

Event participants can log in to NewSky XR’s secure online platform and customize avatars with video screen heads to network with industry leaders in a high-fidelity, rich texture, photo-realistic environment. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Learn more about pre-registration at https://codie.newskyxr.com/.

“We’re excited to be a part of the team that takes the CODiE Awards into the metaverse, a computing platform that will be as transformative to society and industry as the mobile phone.” said Tim Weisbrod, Chief Technology Officer at NewSky XR.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.
About NewSky XR
NewSky XR creates digital worlds that cultivate authentic interaction. The company’s award-winning SaaS platform hosts meetings and events for Fortune 500 companies, industry associations, national sports organizations, and celebrities. NewSky XR produces training sessions, job fairs, product launches, annual meetings, celebrations, social gatherings, and more. Founded in 2020, the company has merged the best and brightest gaming technology innovators with a team of leading corporate business meeting, communication, and learning experts to create a virtual event platform that takes participant engagement to the next level. NewSky XR provides a level of realism and immersion that cannot be achieved in alternative video conferencing and virtual event platforms. Visit www.newskyxr.com to learn more.
About SIIA
SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 450 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing companies. Our diverse members provide the critical data, content, and information that drives the global economy, informs financial networks, connects learners and educators, and drives innovation. Learn more at https://siia.net.