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Looking Back at Smart Cities Week at FPF

If you’ve been in Washington, DC this week, you may have noticed a certain buzz in the air – and not just from the wifi-connected streetlights on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s Smart Cities Week, and D.C. has been humming all week with urban leaders, leading companies, tech and civic innovators, open data gurus, and advocates and academics from all around the globe.

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Future of Privacy Forum Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Support Industry-Academic Collaboration on National Privacy Research Priorities

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has received a $300,000, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Privacy Research and Data Responsibility Research Coordination Network (RCN). The RCN will produce a community of academic researchers and industry practitioners to support industry-academic cooperation to address research priorities identified in the Administration’s recently released National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS).

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First Take: Privacy in the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

In the federal guidance for autonomous vehicles issued yesterday, the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have wisely recognized that privacy will play a key role in promoting trust in connected vehicles. This guidance and its emphasis on privacy is an important first step in building that trust.

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Data and the Future of Mobility: September 14 in San Jose, CA

Join the Future of Privacy Forum for a roundtable: “Data and The Future of Mobility.” Technology is transforming the safety and convenience of the vehicles in which we ride and drive. Along the way, Silicon Valley has become a major hub for auto manufacturers, technology companies, and other entities looking to innovate in the transportation space. Join us in San Jose for a roundtable discussion on data and the future of mobility.

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Examining the Privacy Implications of Smart TVs

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) filed its report, Always On: Privacy Implications of Microphone-Enabled Devices, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to the Commission’s request for public comments regarding the privacy implications of Smart TVs. On December 7, 2016, the FTC will be holding a Smart TV Workshop to explore the intricacies of tracking technologies and best practices for addressing consumer privacy on entertainment systems.

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Privacy to Enable “Drones for Good”

In her recent blog, Paula J. Bruening, Senior Counsel for Global Privacy Policy, Intel, highlights the work of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration multi-stakeholder working group and the best practices it released on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability, especially as it enables the deployment of drones for purposes that will benefit society.

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Kids, Connected Toys and Devices, and Privacy

At FPF, we recognize the benefits that connected home technologies can provide to individuals, families, and kids. We also know that privacy issues can make or break adoption of connected home tech – particularly questions about whether kids’ privacy and security are sufficiently safeguarded. Families are using voice controlled devices to search the web, play games, and order products.