The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will meet again next Friday, April 4, in Washington. The public session is scheduled, per the current agenda, to run from 9:30 a.m. Eastern until noon. As is customary the meeting will be webcast, and an archive will be available through the meetings page of the PCAST website.
This morning meeting will focus on two report and one panel that science policy stakeholders should find of particular interest. As part of the President’s review of big data, privacy and the economy, PCAST was asked to conduct “a study to explore in-depth the technological dimensions of the intersection of big data and privacy.” The subject was a theme in the January 2014 meeting, and the report will be discussed at this one. Another report, focused on anitmicrobial resistance, will also be discussed.
The 10:45 panel is titled “Analytical Techniques to Improve Public Policy Decision Making.” Panelists come from a variety of fields – sociology, computing, digital advertising and bioinformatics. I don’t know if this panel is intended to inform the big data report or if it’s focused on a completely separate project. Perhaps we can all find out on April 4.