GCTC Tech Jam – 2019

GCTC Global Tech Jam 2019 | BroadbandUSA

Register here.The Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) Global Tech Jam brings together research institutions, private sector companies, grass roots organizations, and public entities to explore deployment of data-driven decisions and to benefit communities. This international consortium will discuss deploying emerging technologies to improve infrastructure and create conditions

 

Intelligent Privacy for Smart Cities

Join us at the upcoming Portland Tech Jam ’19 where we’ll present our forthcoming paper that addresses Smart Cities privacy and innovation challenges with pragmatic policy-informed technology solutions:  Look for the full article in the ACM Conference Proceedings (Isaac Potoczy-Jones, Erin Kenneally, John Ruffing, “Encrypted Dataset Collaboration- Intelligent Privacy for Smart Cities, SCC’19, September 2019, Portland, Oregon USA).  In summary:

The past year has seen increasing scrutiny of Smart Cities efforts with regard to privacy. Privacy advocates have criticized Smart City data collection on the whole and critiqued specific city efforts that they feel have crossed a line.

Cities are struggling with a number of privacy issues, including how to address third parties’ collection of Smart City data, how cities consume personally identifying information from third-parties, and how public records laws intersect with privacy concerns.

The majority of data that cities collect are subject to disclosure under public record laws, with an attendant obligation to anonymize sensitive private information. However, as the amount and availability of data increases, the ability to cross-reference, correlate, and de-anonymize or re-sensitize datasets also increases. This leads to re-identification attacks that infringe the privacy of individuals in those datasets, and fosters mistrust in city governments and technology vendors. A fundamental challenge is that open data and privacy interact in complex and unpredictable ways. Some cities may choose to allow third parties to collect and manage that data in an effort to encourage innovation in the delivery of city services, while simultaneously wrestling with the legal and policy implications, such as privacy and public records law compliance. Unfortunately, this also may have undesirable privacy outcomes depending on a third-party’s use of that data and the city’s role in encouraging its collection.

In this paper, we will discuss concrete approaches to smart cities data privacy governance including collection and management, and specifically, an innovative pilot project supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate aimed at demonstrating how privacy technology can help harmonize data sensitivity risks with intended benefits.

Innovation and Investment in Startups: Innovators Needed

Today’s investment and innovation environment in the US is not producing business startups. The US is in a 13 year slump. Tap into Innovation at the GCTC Expo this year in July and network with some of the most inspired people.

U.S. startups are in a surprising 13-year slump

The decline has stripped the economy of one of its most vibrant engines of wage and productivity growth.

 

NIST GCTC Expo Registration Available

We’re on track in the Data Supercluster for an exciting Expo event. Check out the details at the NIST GCTC Expo web site and sign up. Its free to attend, but you must register.

Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Expo

In 2019, Global City Teams Challenge brings you the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC-SC3) Expo, co-hosted by NIST and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).

AI/Machine Learning Quality Improvements for Conferencing

The Data Supercluster uses several teleconferencing packages. We’ll be using the excellent free Mac app from Krisp. The system respects privacy by processing audio at your local computer, not in the cloud, breaking an on-going tradition. We talk about risks to privacy in cloud-based services, elsewhere on this website.

Kiisp free download for Mac can be found here, along with a guide to integrating it with conferencing package ‘Zoom’.

How to Get Started with Zoom for Mac Users – krisp blog

Hey Mac user, wanna get started with Zoom? You’re in the right place! Zoom claims to be the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. So no wonder you will get an invitation from a colleague.

NIST GCTC 2018 Action Cluster reference

Action Clusters

There are more than 300 organizations participating in GCTC smart city technology projects, called Action Clusters. These participants include representatives from U.S. cities and states, major cities in other countries, government agencies, private companies, non-profits, universities, hospitals, and a variety of municipal-focused organizations. (More information to be added soon.)

NTIA: ..Rural Stars to Strut their Stuff

A Chance for Rural Stars to Strut their Stuff

August 17, 2018 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster meeting at Purdue next month. NTCA is a co-chair of the Ag and Rural group, an invitation that came by way of a path paved by NTCA’s Smart Rural Community initiative.