Insider’s Scoop: 4 Must-See Sessions on Federal Projects, Policy, and Funding Opportunities at 2024 Community Exchange

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By Iain Oldman - Copywriter - Content Marketing, Internet2

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Everything You Need to Plan for Federal Policy and Funding Sessions at the Annual Internet2 Community Exchange.

Whether you’re looking to utilize public infrastructure opportunities, stay up to date on important regulations, or hear updates on federal agencies, there are a handful of sessions at the 2024 Internet2 Community Exchange that you’ll want to add to your calendar. 

We expect the sessions in this track to be some of our most heavily attended events this year, and for good reason. These sessions provide in-depth looks at important technology policies, as well as federal project news and exciting funding updates.

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The annual gathering of the minds at the 2024 Internet2 Community Exchange is right around the corner. Are you ready for it? 

To help you get the most out of your conference, here is a breakdown of sessions centered on federal projects, policy updates, and funding opportunities that the members of the Internet2 community should be interested in.

1. Agency Updates

On Tuesday, March 5, stop in at the Federal Agency Updates session to get the drop on project updates and funding news from key federal agencies at the session Federal Agency Updates.

Expect progress updates on initiatives from important federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Speakers Kevin Thompson, program director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the NSF, and Susannah Spellman, deputy associate administrator for the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth at the NTIA, are on hand to fill in attendees on what’s happening at their respective agencies — and why the Internet2 community should care.

Funding and participation opportunities from these agencies continue to be of importance to Internet2’s Higher Education, Community Anchor, and Industry members and stakeholders, so this is a session you won’t want to miss.

2. A Closer Look at the Secure Software Development Framework

Hear from Martin VanWinkle, a system administrator at the Institute for Advanced Study, for everything you need to know about the Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF) during his session The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) SSDF Distilled on Wednesday, March 6.

The SSDF is a set of software development practices published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It is based on established secure software development practice documents, according to the NIST.

This track is particularly recommended for attendees who regularly interact with code. Anybody who develops, deploys, or administers computing systems will benefit from the deep dive into the SSDF that VanWinkle provides.

3. How to Collaborate and Influence Tech Policy

How can the R&E community best leverage its expertise and collective knowledge to positively influence technology policy? A group of panelists from different corners of the Internet2 community will try to answer this question on Wednesday, March 6, at the session Influencing Technology Policy.

The panel discussion features representatives from the areas of public policy, R&E leadership, community activist organizations, and Internet2. 

Among the areas of discussion on the docket, the panelists share their learned knowledge about successful policy proposals and avenues for advocacy, particularly concerning areas of commonly shared policy topics such as data privacy, cybersecurity, and equitable access to technology.

This session is a continuation of the National Threat Assessment Center Policy Reading Group, a monthly conversation between engineers and IT managers covering topics of local, national, and international IT policy. Learn how to collaborate with IT leaders, policymakers, and your peers in the R&E space to make a positive impact on technology policy at a broad scale.

4. Private Wireless, Coming Soon to a Campus Near You

On Tuesday, March 5, speakers Mike Atkins, infrastructure architect at the University of Notre Dame, and Patrick Rhatigan, director of Business Development for the Midwest Region at RF Connect, run down the exciting possibilities of private wireless networks during the session Private Wireless: The Holy Grail?

Sit in on this panel to learn about the University of Notre Dame’s experience building its private wireless network. The university was one of the country’s earliest adopters of this technology and has been able to utilize its private network to enable mobile and fixed wireless broadband. 

Hear all about the large number of use cases for private wireless on campuses, including extended coverage for campus Wi-Fi, classroom utilization, support for research testbeds, and more.

Discover what options you now have for private wireless networks and how your institution can take ownership of its own wireless network destiny.