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Did You Know?


New York, Jul 23, 2010

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

DOC Symposium to Address Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Internet Economy
The Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced that it will hold a symposium on July 27, 2010, in Washington, D.C., to address “Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Information Economy.”

The event, open to all interested stakeholders on a first-come, first-served basis, will allow attendees to discuss the relationship between cybersecurity in the commercial space and innovation in the Internet economy, with a particular emphasis on businesses that operate non-critical infrastructure. This meeting is part of a review being conducted by the DOC’s Internet Policy Task Force.

To learn more, see the event agenda, and register for free, see www.nist.gov/itl/cybersecurity.cfm.

ASSE LinkedIn Group Focuses on Safety Standards
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has developed a LinkedIn group that addresses the technical and professional issues surrounding national voluntary consensus standards for A10, A1264, Z15, Z117, Z244, Z359, Z390, Z490, and the Z590 Canvass Standards.

The group will connect professionals that work with standards for cover floor/walkway openings; construction and demolition operations; motor vehicle operations; confined space entry; lockout/tagout; fall protection/arrest; safety, health and environmental research (SH&E) training; and SH&E general issues.

To join the LinkedIn group, click here.

Online Trust Alliance Brings Leaders Together for 2010 Online Trust & Cybersecurity Forum
The Online Trust Alliance will convene the 2010 Online Trust & Cybersecurity Forum on Sept 22-24, 2010, in Washington DC, bringing together leaders in consumer protection, interactive marketing, public policy, advertising, privacy, and cybersecurity.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke joins the slate of speakers including Howard Schmidt, White House Cyber Security coordinator (invited); Vance Hitch, CIO of the Department of Justice; Michael Barrett, CISO of Paypal; and Randall Rothenberg, president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Participants will receive prescriptive and actionable advice on how to enhance online trust to help assure the vitality of online services and the Internet economy.

Register by July 31st and save $200 off of registration! See https://otalliance.org/dc.html for more information. ANSI has negotiated a special member discount. ANSI members can save an extra $100 by entering code OTASave$.

NFPA Journal Highlights Disability Issues for 20th Anniversary of ADA
The latest journal of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and audited designator, addresses the past, present, and future access issues of persons with disabilities in its cover story, “Disabilities: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going.”

The series of articles, highlighting the 20th anniversary year of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), profiles a number of individuals and their unique experiences dealing with different issues of disabilities. People profiled include a mother/daughter team advocating for home fire sprinklers, a transportation accessibility manager, an emergency preparedness expert for the deaf and hard of hearing, an Olympic hopeful, a fire chief, and a policy advocate.

To learn more and access the articles, see the NFPA news release.

ASME Director Discusses the Haiti Earthquake in Huffington Post Article
A recent article on the Huffington Post news website written by ASME executive director Tom Loughlin provides a follow-up on the earthquake that hit Haiti six months ago, highlighting the need for sustainable solutions to lessen the impact of future disasters.

The article addresses the factors that made Haiti’s earthquake so deadly, including the nation’s infrastructure. Mr. Loughlin emphasizes the importance of “locally informed and implementable standards” in developing countries to reduce the toll of such tragedies.

To read the Huffington Post article, click here.

Approval of Accreditation as an ANSI ASD
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a full ANSI organizational member, as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) under its operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards, effective July 13, 2010.

For additional information, please contact Ralph Justus, BPI manager of standards (202.223.9512; RJustus@bpi.org).

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