Appendix F: Policy Issues and Questions

CIC's fundamental strategic objective is to develop the underlying information technology base to achieve the overarching NSTC goals for the nation. Achieving these goals will require successful science and technology development and implementation. Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that total success in harnessing information technologies is intimately coupled with progress in other policy spheres, most notably in domestic and international standards development, in legislative initiatives to create a flexible and modernized regulatory framework, and in resolving difficult technology-based public policy issues such as provision of security and privacy that is "law enforcement friendly," and protection of intellectual property rights.

CIC's unique role in developing the science and technology base for future information and communications systems and services requires that the committee play a key role in identifying and resolving relevant policy and regulatory issues. To this end, CIC will work closely with the IITF and other key government agencies including the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The following sections describe key policy issues which CIC will help to address in concert with other government agencies.

F.1 Financial, Regulatory and Legal Barriers

F.2 Standards and Mandates

F.3 Security and Privacy

F.4 Intellectual Property

F.5 International Cooperation/Exchange

F.6 International Policy Issues for the GII