Time to Link the U.S. Electric Grids?

  As reported by IEEE Spectrum, the U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new study highlighting the economic and technical benefits of linking the three regional U.S. power grids to better distribute power resources and make renewable energy more widely available around the country.  Noting that equipment at the connection points is nearing the end… Read more

OCEANIS Community To Address Ethics of AI and Autonomous Systems

  On July 25, IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) launched an Open Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS). The global forum will bring together organizations interested in the development and use of standards as a means to address ethical matters in autonomous and intelligent systems.  Initial membership includes IEEE and nine standards developing… Read more

New IEEE Position Statement Supports Strong Encryption

  On 24 June, the IEEE Board of Directors adopted a position statement in support of strong encryption for confidentiality and data integrity.  The essence of the position is that: “IEEE supports the use of unfettered strong encryption to protect confidentiality and integrity of data and communications. We oppose efforts by governments to restrict the… Read more

Options and Challenges in Providing Universal Internet Access

  On 7 June (11:00 a.m. ET), the authors of the IEEE Internet Technology Policy Community white paper: “Options and Challenges in Providing Universal Access” will highlight their research and conclusions regarding five barriers to universal internet access: infrastructure, cost, digital literacy, availability and disinterest. For more information or to register for the free webinar… Read more

April 26 Webinar On IEEE’s Global Public Policy Activities and Processes

  Dr. Gordon Day, Chair of IEEE’s Global Public Policy Committee (GPPC), delivered a webinar briefing for IEEE Technical Activities volunteer leaders on IEEE’s Global Public Policy activities and the new IEEE policies and processes that govern public policy activity by IEEE’s technical societies, councils and other TA organizations.   The webinar was held on 26 April… Read more

Engineering Convocation Livestream Looks at Cybersecurity and Grid Resiliency

  The U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s 2018 Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies, held in concert with the American Association of Engineering Societies, is being webcast on Monday, April 23.  The Convocation features panels of experts including many IEEE notables, addressing  “Cybersecurity – Challenges for the Engineering Profession and Society”, and “Enhancing the Resilience of the… Read more