Plans: Open Government Data, Tech Policy, Public Media Camp and Cybersecurity Forum

I’ve been traveling a lot this year as part of my role as the Gov 2.0 correspondent at O’Reilly Media, along with attending a succession of panels, forums, conferences and symposiums here in Washington. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to explore more of the country and tell the stories of fascinating people and trends. The next ten days are going to be especially interesting, although I’m happy to report that I won’t be venturing far beyond the District of Columbia’s boundaries during that time.

Tomorrow, the first International Open Government Data Conference begins here in Washington. I’ll be on a panel on Tuesday discussing the value proposition of open government data.

On Thursday, a Politico tech policy forum will focus on what’s next in technology in Washington, featuring Kim Hart and federal CTO Aneesh Chopra.

This weekend, PBS and NPR will host the second annual Public Media Camp. In 2009, the public media unconference was about “We, the media.” We’ll see what theme predominates the discussion in 2010.

On Monday, November 22, I’ll be on a panel at the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a cybersecurity forum, “Can policy keep up with the pace of technical change?”

Since the cybersecurity forum does not appear to have an online event listing, the details are below:

“Cybersecurity presents a unique challenge to government policymakers.
Innovation, falling information technology resource costs, and the corresponding
development of malware and other cybersecurity threats have occurred
at speeds that far exceed the rate at which government is accustomed to
establishment and implementation of policy.

What has the federal government learned from its experience in chasing
this rapidly moving target? Have government practices evolved to meet the
speed and diversity of the problem? Are there alternative policy approaches
to traditional governmental procedures that might better counter the range of
threats to this nation’s cybersecurity?

Please join us from 3:00 to 4:30 on Monday November 22, 2010 to hear former
federal cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke and a panel of cybersecurity and
internet policy experts address policy formulation and implementation in the face
of unprecedented challenges.


Richard Clarke. Former special advisor on cybersecurity to President George
W. Bush. Author of Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security.

Dr. Eugene Spafford. Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University.
Dr. Spafford has served as a senior advisor and consultant on issues of security
and intelligence to the Department of Justice, the Department of Energy, and
two Presidents of the United States.

Larry Clinton. President and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance, a multi-
sector industry group, created by the former Chairman of the U.S. House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

And me.

I have a feeling I’ll have a lot to talk about over the Thanksgiving dinner table next Thursday, along with reporting it out at Radar, Govfresh and the Huffington Post.

If you want to follow my speaking or reporting, I share my schedule on Plancast and post regularly to Twitter (@digiphile) and Facebook.

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