Origins: The White House Cyber Agenda

Welcome to Origins: The White House Cyber Agenda, our signature feature designed to give readers a primer on the current administration’s cyber policy initiatives.


Recognizing the need for cyber policy reform, the current administration pledged early on to launch a multitude of initiatives relating to cyber security, data privacy, technological innovation and much more. Origins: The White House Cyber Agenda takes a close look at these initiatives and presents them in an easy-to-digest format.


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  • Cybersecurity and Internet Policy: The Obama Administration has created an Internet Policy Task Force to “bring together industry, consumer groups, and policy experts to identify ways of ensuring that the Internet remains a reliable and trustworthy resource for consumers and businesses.” In addition, President Obama “directed a top-to-bottom review of the Federal Government’s efforts to defend our information and communications infrastructure, which resulted in a report titled the Cyberspace Policy Review.”


  • Wireless Infrastructure: President Obama’s National Wireless Initiative aims to make high-speed wireless services available to at least 98 percent of Americans. According to the White House website, “One aspect of the President’s plan is to make more airwaves available (in scientific terms, some 500 Mhz of spectrum), to be available for enhanced cell phones and other wireless services—including dedicated public safety networks—over the next ten years.”


  • A Smarter Power Grid: As part of the Recovery Act, the Obama Administration “invested $4.5 billion in electricity delivery and energy reliability modernization, with total public-private investment amounting to over $10 billion. The Administration released a policy framework and a series of new initiatives in June 2011 that “will empower consumers with tools to better manage their electricity and cut costs, improve the reliability of the electric grid, and help utilities recover from natural disasters faster.


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