The United States Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) will be hosting a public meeting on December 9, 2016, to explore and promote options for improving the online marketplace. That meeting is scheduled to be held in the Madison Auditorium at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and will focus on digital rights for copyrighted works, digital registry interoperability, and new technologies like the blockchain. Interested parties can view a live webcast Friday.
According to the published draft agenda, the event will include several panel sessions, a showcase of new technologies, and breakout sessions before concluding with a plenary gathering where those smaller groups can share ideas. Opening remarks will be provided by Shira Perlmutter, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, and John Morris, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)’s Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy.
Panel sessions are scheduled to focus on the methods used to identify digital content, how registries should organize and standardize information about ownership rights, and how the data in the registries can facilitate online commerce. The afternoon’s breakout sessions will include discussions about standards used in the control of copyrighted materials, government’s role in online licensing, digital registry interoperability, and blockchain technology.