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The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have released an RFP for Research on the Implications of Open Data

July 30th, 2014

bclt-web-logoIn 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.  That memorandum has been followed by additional memorandums and Executive Orders resulting in the Open Government Initiative.  As a result of this initiative, governments (both federal and local) are releasing data feeds, which have enabled the creation and use of new applications, from real-time accurate traffic information to localized crime reporting.
mslogoWhile the Initiative is presented as “an unqualified good” there are some questions about the impact on citizens.  As such, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have issued an RFP to further explore the technical, legal, and regulatory implications of Open Data.  From the solicitation:

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft are issuing this request for proposals (RFP) to fund scholarly inquiry to examine the civil rights, human rights, security and privacy issues that arise from recent initiatives to release large datasets of government information to the public for analysis and reuse.  This research may help ground public policy discussions and drive the development of a framework to avoid potential abuses of this data while encouraging greater engagement and innovation.

This RFP seeks to:

    • Gain knowledge of the impact of the online release of large amounts of data generated by citizens’ interactions with government
    • Imagine new possibilities for technical, legal, and regulatory interventions that avoid abuse
    • Begin building a body of research that addresses these issues

The full solicitation can be viewed here.  Proposals are due September 25, 2014, with results to be disseminated at a workshop in May of 2015.

Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy Solicitation includes Ideas Lab

June 19th, 2014

nsf_logo_new_transparentAs reported in this blog earlier in the month, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Intel Labs recently announced a new partnership to support novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that address the problem of securing current and emerging cyber-physical systems, the infrastructures they form, and those integrated with them.

A key part of this solicitation is the use of an Ideas Lab to identify and develop novel ideas.  A unique feature of an Ideas Lab is the multidisciplinary nature of the selected participants.  The Computing Research Association (CRA), CCC’s parent organization, is working with Knowinnovation to run the Ideas Lab.  The two organizations previously worked together on a successful Ideas Lab that explored using large data sets to improve STEM teaching and learning environments.  You can read more about that Ideas Lab workshop here.

The Ideas Lab will be August 12-16, 2014  in the DC area. Preliminary proposal submission (two pages) to attend the Ideas Lab is due July 29, 2014.

Participants in the Ideas Lab will have the

1. opportunity to interact with others interested in this space and to define research directions,

2. the opportunity to form teams in response to this solicitation,

3. the opportunity to influence NSF’s interests in this space, and

4. the opportunity to interact with the NSF Program Officers interested in this space

For more information, please view the full solicitation here.

CCC to Hold Second Leadership in Science Policy Institute

October 26th, 2012

Last year, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) & CRA’s Government Affairs Committee held it’s first Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) to help nurture the next generation of computing research leaders.CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) A total of 35 participants attended the institute, which featured a series of presentations from science policy experts, current and former Hill staff, and relevant agency and Administration officials. Topics covered included the mechanics of the legislative process, serving on advisory committees, and interfacing with Federal agencies.

Today we are pleased to announce the second Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI), which will be held April 11-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Please discuss this opportunity with your colleagues, identify those you believe would be interested in participating, and submit nominations!

More information on LiSPI below —

LiSPI participants are expected to:

  • complete a reading assignment and a short written homework prior to attending the workshop, so that time spent at the workshop can focus on more advanced content,
  • attend the April 11-12th workshop, which includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a reception with the speakers and invited guests at the conclusion of the day, and
  • complete a small-group assignment afterwards that puts to use the workshop content on a CCC-inspired problem—perhaps writing an argument in favor of particular initiative for an agency audience, or drafting sample testimony on a CCC topic.

LiSPI is not intended for individuals who wish to undertake research on science policy, become science policy fellows, or take permanent positions in Washington, DC. Rather, we are trying to reach work-a-day academics who appreciate that our field must be engaged in helping government.

 

The CCC will provide funds for hotel accommodations for two nights of local expenses (hotel, meals) for the April 11-12 workshops. Nominees are expected to pay their own travel expenses, though there will be a limited fund available for participants who cannot attend unless their travel is provided.

 Eligibility and Nomination Process

LiSPI participants are expected to have the experience and flexibility in current positions to engage with government. University faculty members should be from CS or IS departments and be post-tenure; industrial researchers should have comparable seniority. Participants should be adept at communicating. They must be nominated by their chair or department head and must have demonstrated an interest in science policy, especially as it relates to computer science (and closely allied fields).

 

Specifically, the nomination process is as follows:

  • A chair or department head proposes a LiSPI candidate by visiting – nomination page and providing the name and institution of the nominee, along with a letter of recommendation.
  • The candidate will then be contacted by the CCC and asked to submit a CV, a short essay detailing their interests in science policy, and an indication of whether they would require financial aid to attend.

All nominations and material from nominees must be received by December 14, 2012.

Selection Process

The LiSPI selection committee will evaluate each nomination based on record of accomplishment, proven ability to communicate, and promise. Selections will be announced by the year end. We plan to open the workshop to 60 participants.

Visit the LiSPI wesbite to learn more about this event.

(Contributed by Kenneth Hines, CCC Program Associate)

“Tech Jobs Are All Across America”

August 31st, 2012

Tech jobs are all across America [image courtesy the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI)].The Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) is out with a new report that integrates data from multiple sources, including the biennial Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers we featured here several months ago, and presents a revealing county-by-county portrait illustrating where within the U.S. high-tech jobs are found. And the result is quite striking: it’s not just in Silicon Valley, but rather in communities all across the country where there have recently been increases of more than 10 percent in high-tech employment.

Here are some of the takeaways the BACEI highlighted in its report:

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Promoting Technology-Mediated Social Participation with a Summer Social Webshop

August 30th, 2012

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Jenny Korn, a Ph.D. student in communications at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Korn was one of the participants of last week’s 2012 Summer Social Webshop on Technology-Mediated Social Participation, co-organized by Alan NeustadtlJennifer Preece, and Ben Shneiderman, faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park, as well as Marc Smith of the Social Media Research Foundation.

2012 Summer Social Webshop on Technology-Mediated Social Participation (TMSP) [image courtesy Ben Shneiderman/University of Maryland].Chosen from more than 100 applications, 50 doctoral students gathered at the University of Maryland last week for the Summer Social Webshop (the website includes videos of presentations!). The well-crafted presentations triggered lively discussions at the intersection of social media and network analysis. We represented many disciplines, including communications, sociology, information science, and computer science, and we hailed from universities across the United States and Canada. Among the many lessons of this workshop is the belief that our research matters and that we have cutting-edge, computerized tools with which to conduct innovative studies of online behavior, concepts, and theories.

An image of the 2012 Summer Social Webshop class [image courtesy Ben Shneiderman/University of Maryland].Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Canadian GRAND research network, the Summer Social Webshop 2012 was an intense experience for the students, speakers, and organizers. Additional funding from Yahoo! added resources, while Google and Microsoft funded travel for the speakers. From breakfast until well past dinner, discussions were spirited, and new collaborations were formed. Thursday’s Metro ride into nearby Washington, DC, gave students a chance to walk past The White House and then attend a set of policy-related presentations at the world-famous Brookings Institute (more following the link).

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NSF: Significant Surge in CS Postdocs in Last Decade

July 7th, 2012

(This post has been updated; please scroll down for the latest.)

Last December, we blogged about changes in the number of new Ph.D.s in computer science — a slight increase between 2009 and 2010, but the “fastest growth” of all science and engineering disciplines during the 10-year period ending in 2010, according to data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) annual Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).

Well, NSF is now out with more data, this time describing trends among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows — and the numbers are quite striking for computing (details after the jump).

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