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White House: An Invitation to Our Latest Open Innovation Ecosystem: Energy.Data.Gov

Posted by Aneesh Chopra, Office of Science and Technology Policy, June 30, 2011

Today we launched Energy.Data.Gov, the latest installment of our growing family of Data.gov communities to deepen our engagement with stakeholders interested in the analytics to measure our Nation’s energy performance. As with our previous open government communities, in health and law, this platform aggregates tools, high-value datasets, and applications to shed light on energy use. It includes 216 free datasets and tools have been gathered from agencies across the Federal government with the goal of empowering all Americans to understand energy issues, including energy consumption within the Federal government.

For full text of the article, visit An Invitation to Our Latest Open Innovation Ecosystem: Energy.Data.Gov | The White House.

Senate Hearing on Investing in Federal R and D

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the following Science and Space Subcommittee hearing on investing in federal R&D.

Mar 17, 2011, at 10:30 AM, Russell Senate Office Building Room 253, Washington, DC

Witness Panel 1

The Apps Challenge Workshop

The General Service Administration invites the Federal prize and challenge community to join us for an upcoming free training.

The Apps Challenge Workshop
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
8:45 AM-12:00 PM ET
GSA – One Constitution Square
1275 First St NE, Washington, DC

In his Strategy for American Innovation, President Obama called on agencies to increase the use of tools such as prizes and challenges to solve tough problems.  In March 2010, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum to all agency heads providing a policy and legal framework to guide agencies in using prizes to stimulate innovation to advance their core missions.

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White House Delivers Preliminary Plan for National Earth Observations

White House Delivers Preliminary Plan for National Earth Observations

On Sept. 10, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) delivered a key report to Congress outlining a strategic approach to enhancing the nation’s capacity to observe the Earth and its interconnected atmospheric, geologic, and environmental systems. The report, Achieving and Sustaining Earth Observations: A Preliminary Plan Based on a Strategic Assessment by the U.S. Group on Earth Observations, was requested by Congress in the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 111-117) and again in the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.  According the an OSTP news release, “It illustrates how the President’s FY 2011 budget enables a reversal of the decline of the nation’s Earth observation infrastructure—an infrastructure that is critical to protecting life, property, natural resources and ecosystems, and national security.”

White House Council Launches Interagency Subcommittee on Privacy & Internet Policy

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As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to promoting the vast economic opportunity of the Internet and protecting individual privacy, the National Science and Technology Council has launched a new Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy. Populated by representatives from more than a dozen Departments, agencies and Federal offices, and co-chaired by the two of us, the subcommittee will develop principles and strategic directions with the goal of fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory, and international Internet policy realms.

In this digital age, a thriving and dynamic economy requires Internet policies that promote innovation domestically and globally while ensuring strong and sensible protections of individuals’ private information and the ability of governments to meet their obligations to protect public safety.

Recognizing the global nature of the digital economy and society, the Subcommittee will monitor and address global privacy policy challenges and develop approaches to meeting those challenges through coordinated U.S. government action.  The Subcommittee is committed to fostering dialogue and cooperation between our Nation and its key trading partners in support of flexible and robust privacy and innovation policies. Such policies are essential to the health of competitive marketplaces for online goods and services.

The public policy direction developed by the Subcommittee will be closely synchronized to privacy practices in federal Departments and agencies, resulting in a comprehensive and forward-looking commitment to a common set of Internet policy principles across government.  These core principles include facilitating transparency, promoting cooperation, empowering individuals to make informed and intelligent choices, strengthening multi-stakeholder governance models, and building trust in online environments.

At the same time, the Subcommittee will work closely with private stakeholders to identify Internet policy principles that promote innovation and economic expansion, while also protecting the rule of law and individual privacy.  Throughout this process, the Subcommittee will endeavor to strike the appropriate balance between the privacy expectations of consumers and the needs of industry, law enforcement and other public-safety governmental entities, and other Internet stakeholders. …

For full text of the article, click here.

Source: Cameron Kerry and Christopher Schroeder, Office of Science and Technology Policy Website, October 24, 2010

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