The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced in a blog post today that the first meeting of the multi-stakeholder process to develop best practices regarding privacy, transparency, and accountability in commercial and private UAS operations will take place August 3, 2015.

As we’ve previously posted, the NTIA released a Request for Comments on March 4, 2015, to which it received over 50 responses. These comments will serve to set the agenda for the group’s initial discussions, and the agency anticipates that the process will continue to attract a wide range of stakeholders from industry, civil society, and academia.

The August 3 meeting is open to the public and is scheduled for 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT in the Boardroom at the American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Subsequent meetings are scheduled to take place at the same time and location on

  • September 24, 2015;
  • October 21, 2015; and
  • November 20, 2015

Those interested in attending can do so in person or through the NTIA-provided webcast and conference phone bridge, and should check the NTIA’s website for additional details as they are released.