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WHITE HOUSE TO HOST ‘SOUTH BY SOUTH LAWN’ BRAINSTORM WITH INNOVATORS, ENTREPRENEURS AND ARTISTS
In a nod to the Austin’s popular South by Southwest festival, President Obama is bringing the creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators to the White House to discuss to how to leverage the newest technologies to tackle the nation’s toughest challenges.
The SXSL, or “South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action,” will be held on Oct. 3 in coordination with the American Film Institute (AFI), the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the National Park Foundation, and South by Southwest.
The festival will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, Facebook.com/WhiteHouse, and sxsw.com/live. Interested parties can join the conversation using #SXSL to share their ideas and how they will make a difference in the world. To learn more, click here.
FTC SETS AGENDA FOR OCTOBER EVENT ON IMPACT OF DRONES FOR U.S. CONSUMERS
The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda for its Oct. 13 event examining how the growing use of unmanned aerial drones may impact consumer privacy. With businesses using drones for everything from product deliveries to photography, the event will look at the potential risks and benefits to consumers. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will provide opening remarks to start the event, which will include two panel discussions exploring whether drones raise unique privacy concerns and how to address those concerns.
The first panel will include representatives from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the University of Washington, AirMap, DJI and the Drone Manufacturers Association. The second panel will look at how best to address potential privacy concerns, and will include panelists from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Precision Hawk, AUVSI, the Small UAV Coalition, the City Drone Project and Ohio State University.
A full schedule and other details on the forum can be found on the event’s webpage here.
SEC TO HOLD FINTECH PUBLIC FORUM TO ADDRESS REGULATION OF NEW FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGIES
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday (Sept. 27) it will host a public forum to discuss financial technology (Fintech) innovation in the financial services industry. The forum is designed to foster greater collaboration and understanding among regulators, entrepreneurs and industry experts into Fintech innovation and evaluate how the current regulatory environment can most effectively address these new technologies.
According to the SEC, the proliferation of Fintech innovation has the potential to transform virtually every aspect of the nation’s financial markets. The panels will discuss issues such as blockchain technology, automated investment advice or robo-advisors, online marketplace lending and crowdfunding, and how they may impact investors. The Fintech forum will be held at the SEC’s Washington D.C. headquarters on Nov. 14 and will be open to the public and webcast live on the SEC’s website. Information on the agenda and participants will be published in the coming weeks.