What’s Going On?
A major US government agency has asked the public how it should work with blockchain and other emerging technologies.
Why Does It Matter?
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said it is actively seeking stakeholders’ input in “shaping its international agenda”, reported CoinTelegraph.
What Do They Want To Hear?
David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator said: “We are asking all interested stakeholders – businesses, civil society groups, the technical community, academics, and the general public to provide us with comments and recommendations. The input we receive will inform NTIA’s international Internet policy priorities going forward.”
Redl explained that the NTIA is open to comments and policy suggestions on any issue, but they have four broad topic areas of special importance to them. The four topics are The Free Flow of Information and Jurisdiction, including how to push back against overseas governments looking to limit open web access; Multistakeholder Approach to Internet Governance, including how NTIA can raise national awareness about engagement in the Internet Governance Forum; Privacy and Security, including how threats to privacy and security are impacting international commerce; and Emerging Technologies and Trends, including how NTIA should participate in international discussions of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and automated workforces.