In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission held a workshop focused on ed tech and student privacy. The workshop brought together a wide range of stakeholders interested in protecting student privacy – business, education, and consumer advocates.
In 2017, SIIA published its Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics as a guide for companies as they develop and implement advanced data analytic systems. There are many other such ethical principles including the famous Belmont principles of respect for persons, benefic ...
“. . . as education companies we can't just come up with a great product, show it to teachers, and expect to be successful. Our products and services have to help decision makers with their state and federal compliance and intricately defined funding requirements if we are going to be successful. If we don’t know what these are, we can’t get our products accepted.” — Mitch Weisburgh, Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors
At yesterday’s FTC hearing on the business of big data I outlined some of the important uses of big data and analytics. SIIA companies are industry leaders using analytics and big data to improve business methods and processes. Among their innovative uses of data are the use of these techniques to:
This is part 2 of a series on the constitution's role in informational privacy. There will be endnotes.
Federal funding of the U.S. Department of Education is set at $71.5 billion for FY19 with the President’s signature on H.R. 6157. The funding is an increase from FY18 levels by $581 million.
The conference report recommends the Department of Education to award no less than 20 new grants between $100,00 and $1,000,000 in an Open Textbook Pilot. A 12-institution consortium led by UC Davis was awarded $4.9 million for open STEM textbooks under the FY18 appropriations Open Textbook Pilot which limited the amount of grant funds to $5 million.
The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants received a $70 million increase over FY18. The Department of Education also announced a state survey to examine the early implementation of these grants in all states. The survey will be conducted in Spring 2019.
Other key funding streams are outlined below:
I had the honor participate in a September 27 panel discussion in NYC organized by Markets & Markets. See this agenda for the Markets & Markets “AI & Blockchain Fintech Confex” event. SIIA views blockchain as part of a continuum of technologies that are and will continue to change the world. Technologies such as the internet of things (IOT), cloud computing, data-driven innovation, and artificial intelligence are all topics SIIA has provided thought leadership on. This is why in January this year, we released an Issue Brief on blockchain and hosted an event with the Congressional Blockchain Caucus.
Many of our Member companies are experimenting with blockchain-based products.
Dun & Bradstreet, for instance, provides a unique blockchain identifying number that corresponds to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number that it offers for companies. This allows companies that do not know each ot ...
The General Data Protection Regulation is designed to support the individual’s interest in informational privacy, which the EU recognizes as a fundamental right. Under that law, the collection, use and transfer of personal information is prohibited unless done with consent of the individual. It has a de minimis legitimating role for social or business purposes but generally, if the individual revokes consent, processing of information must stop and often the information itself must be deleted.
The US works from a different paradigm. We certainly value privacy as necessary and valuable to ensure both personal dignity and a free and functioning society. But we focus privacy laws on the prevention and remediation of harm, not on consent. United States privacy law grew out of the common-law privacy torts: defamation, intrusion on seclusion, disclosure of private facts, false light and the right of publicity. Thus, for example, the tort of disclo ...
SIIA is a believer in blockchain’s potential as this Issue Brief makes clear and is interested in continuing the conversation we started with the Congressional Blockchain Caucus about how policy can be leveraged to promote blockchain-based solutions to real-world problems. Broadly speaking, blockchain should be seen as one of several technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing that the U.S. government should promote as part of its overall foreign digital economic policy. Given the fact that much ink has been spilled about how blockchain can make supply chains more efficient and transparent, streamline trade finance, and help customs authorities, SIIA offers the following ideas for how policy could help advance blockchain adoption.
Include protection for blockchain in future trade agreements
One way of perhaps including such protection could be to include in future trade agreements the below language in yellow in the cross ...