FACT SHEET: Advancing Technology for Democracy

(March 30, 2023)

The first wave of the digital revolution promised that new technologies would support democracy and human rights. The second saw an authoritarian counterrevolution. Now, the United States and other democracies are working together to ensure that the third wave of the digital revolution leads to a technological ecosystem characterized by resilience, integrity, openness, trust and security, and that reinforces democratic principles and human rights…

Advancing a Vision for Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

Advancing a Vision for Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

(July 1, 2022)

Imagine a future where researchers can analyze a broad and diverse swath of medical records – without accessing anyone’s private data – to develop tools for physicians to identify early signs of cancer and reduce health disparities. Or a future where cities and states can rapidly share critical public health data with each other without revealing personal information about individuals. Or where smart infrastructure could be optimized to manage traffic flows, while preserving drivers’ privacy during both data collection and analysis. The development of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, commonly known as “PETs,” can provide a pathway toward this future by leveraging data-driven technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), while preserving privacy.


NITRD’s 30th Anniversary Symposium Recap – Panel 4: Privacy and the Internet of Things (IoT)

(June 23, 2022)

Privacy has become a huge topic of conversation not only among the computing research community, but across all disciplines in both academia and industry. Adverse privacy effects stemming from the availability of large-scale datasets are being multiplied by the interconnected sensors, devices, and actuators that make up the Internet of Things (IoT). Moderated by Charles (“Chuck”) Romine (NIST) and featuring field experts Ed Felten (Princeton), Marc Groman (Groman Consulting), Katerina Megas (NIST), and Sunoo Park (Cornell), Panel 4: Privacy and IoT discusses important topics such as the tradeoffs between data use and privacy and potential research goals to help in achieving effective policy solutions.


Request for Information on Advancing Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

(June 9, 2022)

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) – on behalf of the Fast Track Action Committee on Advancing Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing and Analytics of the Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) of the National Science and Technology Council, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, and the NITRD National Coordination Office – requests public comments to help inform development of a national strategy on privacy-preserving data sharing and analytics, along with associated policy initiatives.