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Farnam Jahanian, Chair  |  Jon Eisenberg, Director

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board is where the nation turns for independent and informed assessments of computing, communications, and public policy.

News & Events
October 9, 2015 On December 8 and 9, 2014, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler U.S.-U.K. Scientific Forum "Cybersecurity Dilemmas:  Technology, Policy, and Incentives" examined a broad range of topics including cybersecurity and international relations, privacy, rational cybersecurity, and accelerating progress in cybersecurity.  This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from this forum.
October 22, 2015 CSTB holds workshop to examine IT, Automation, and the U.S. Workforce. Further information is available here.
September 14, 2015 Congratulations to Susan Landau, member, CSTB and Steven Lipner, member, Forum on Cyber Resilience for being inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame.
August 24, 2015 in Memoriam: Joseph F. Traub, CSTB's founding chair.

Recent Publications

2015_CPS InterimInterim Report on 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education explores current and future needs in education for a CPS-capable U.S. workforce. The interim report summarizes material presented to the committee and discusses initial observations that the study committee will explore as it develops its final report.

A Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System: Implications and Importance of System Architecture calls for better alignment of stakeholder expectations with current program realities; more attention to system architecture to guide NextGen evolution; broader and deeper capabilities for engineering digital systems; and greater focus on cybersecurity and human factors.


 2015_PPDBulk Collection of Signals Intelligence: Technical Options assesses the feasibility of creating software that would allow the U.S. intelligence community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection of signals intelligence. It concludes that although there is no software technique that can fully substitute for bulk collection, software can be developed to more effectively target collection and to control the use of collected data.
2014_ACI_interimFuture Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020: An Interim Report outlines issues to be considered as future NSF strategy programs for advanced computing are developed and invites public comment to inform the final study report.
 2014_cyberprimerAt the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Some Basic Concepts and Issues presents fundamental concepts and principles that serve as points of departure for understanding specific cybersecurity incidents or proposals to improve security.
2014 FAA Interim Cover
Interim Report of a Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System Enterprise Architecture, Software, Safety, and Human Factors discusses issues and questions that the study committee will be exploring as it develops its final report. 
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Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security: A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues recommends that interested military R&D agencies ensure senior agency leadership engagement; develop and deploy screening, review, and monitoring processes; educate and sensitize program managers; build external expertise; and provide assistance to R&D performers.

2013 Geotargeting CoverGeotargeted Alerts and Warnings: Report of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps explores what is known about how the public responds to geotargeted alerts and warnings, technologies and techniques for enhancing the geotargeting of alerts and warnings, and open research questions about how to effectively use geotargeted alerts and warnings and technology gaps.
2013 Professionalization releaseProfessionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making considers the role that professionalization could play in enhancing workforce capacity and capability and sets forth criteria for when, where, and how to professionalize the cybersecurity workforce.
Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media: Summary of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps reviews current knowledge about  public response to alerts and warnings and explores the challenges and open research questions associated with their delivery using social media, how officials may monitor social media information, and the associated privacy concerns.
2012_Continuing_InnovationContinuing Innovation in Information Technology examines important research areas and some of the significant, billion-dollar-plus, IT industries that have resulted from those investments.  It features an updated visualization of the impact of research on IT innovation, including the links to U.S. IT firms and products, and explains the critical role of federal support and the interplay between academic and industrial research. Download the “tire tracks” graphic itself or a poster or trifold brochure based on the report.
2012-computing-researchComputing Research for Sustainability highlights opportunities for computer science research and IT innovation and urges the computing research community to bring its approaches and methodologies to bear in ways that will have significant, measurable impact on sustainability.
2012_VehicleControlThe Safety Challenge and Promise of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration (Transportation Research Board, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and CSTB) examines how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's regulatory, research, and defect investigation programs can be strengthened to meet the safety assurance and oversight challenges arising from the expanding functionality and use of automotive software and electronics.
2011_CMS_prepubStrategies and Priorities for Information Technology at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends that CMS embrace IT as a critical strategic capability for improving the efficiency, quality, safety, and equity of U.S. health care. Report in Brief.