Government Relations Update June 2022

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By Matthew Hall, 
Internet2 External Relations Program Manager

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Internet2 Files Comments with NSF and OSTP

On June 30, Internet2 responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in order to provide feedback on the release of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force’s Interim Report.  The comments filed by Internet2 focused on the topic of the establishment and sustainment of NAIRR.   

While the Interim Report recommends that an effort should be made to implement standard legal agreements for users and resource providers, Internet2 suggested that NAIRR “should work to integrate with existing agreements and technical implementations in place at academic institutions and incorporate any specifically negotiated terms into existing agreements.” In many cases, there are already heavily negotiated agreements in place for cloud services for research and educational agreements that are designed to address institutional requirements as well as state and federal laws and requirements. Additionally, Internet2’s NET+ program and others have negotiated a number of collaborative agreements for cloud services that have been widely adopted. Internet2 shared its experience of the challenges that requirements to enter into new agreements can place on institutions on the administrative, technical, and security fronts. Ultimately, Internet2 recommended that a focus on integration with existing agreements will reduce these impacts and best serve the Task Force’s goal of enabling pathways into AI research.

The Task Force’s final report is expected to be released in December 2022.

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