New Rules for New Frontiers: A Regulatory Manifesto for Emerging Technologies

From: Niskanen Center


Short of completely banning the new technology, however, is there any role for safety regulators? To answer that, it’s worth broadening the question a bit. How, if at all, can regulators effectively regulate new emerging technologies that have no historical precedence? From artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles to CRISPR gene editing technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), regulators seem to be besieged on all sides by a mind-bogglingly punctuated rate of technological progress. What, if anything, is to be done?

Iowa utilities regulator to seek exemptions from public records law

From: The Gazette

Board wants more access to info on cybersecurity and cyberattacks

James Q. Lynch

DES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities Board plans to seek public records exemptions from the Legislature so it can communicate more thoroughly with utilities and federal regulatory agencies about cybersecurity and cyberattacks.


At this time, Huser said that when she or other IUB staff meet with utilities on those matters they do not retain any documents because they do not want them to become public records.

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Trump’s draft cybersecurity policy has no role for FBI

From: The Kansas City Star

A proposed White House cybersecurity policy would empower the federal government to take a greater role in protecting the nation’s digital infrastructure, much of which is in private hands.

But a draft copy of an executive order on the issue is also notable, observers say, because beyond its calls to “decisively shape cyberspace” it diminishes the role of once-key players, such as the FBI, and makes no mention of protecting election systems.

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Assessing the Draft Cyber Executive Order

From: Lawfare

By Charley Snyder, Michael Sulmeyer

Amidst the whirlwind of executive orders and presidential memoranda that have been in the news, it was easy to miss a purported draft of President Trump’s first executive order (EO) covering cybersecurity issues, leaked to the Washington Post and released on Friday, January 27.  The order, titled “Strengthening U.S. Cyber Security and Capabilities,” calls for several 60- and 100-day assessments of the state of U.S. cybersecurity and the identification of areas of improvement. This mirrors the approach taken by President Obama, who ordered his own 60-day cyberspace review shortly after assuming office.

Pieces of Trump’s cyber policy coming into focus

From: Washington Examiner

By Charlie Mitchell

The federal government’s overall philosophy for approaching cybersecurity is an open question one week into the Trump administration, though a few pieces of the policy are coming into focus.

Of special interest to the business community, efforts will continue to ensure that the framework of cybersecurity standards, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, remains at the heart of government-industry engagement on cyber.

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