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Rosenworcel Wants CSRIC to Look at AI

The FCC is seeking nominations for the next advisory group

Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wants the next iteration of an FCC advisory panel to explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning “can enhance the security, reliability and integrity of communications networks in a nondiscriminatory, transparent and socially responsible manner.”

She also wants the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council to address “forward-looking issues including the security and reliability risks unique to emerging 6G networks and the reliability of next-generation 911 networks.”

CSRIC is an advisory committee that provides recommendations to the FCC to improve the security, reliability and interoperability of the nation’s communications systems. It operates on a two-year charter, and there have been eight such councils to date, with the most recent concluding its work last June.

The FCC will re-establish CSRIC by the end of March, and its first meeting is expected in June. The commission is seeking nominations for membership by Feb. 3. It has posted information about the group and how to apply. 

Radio broadcasters are among the communications providers who are eligible to participate. 

Among the organizations represented on the recently concluded CSRIC were the Consumer Technology Association, the Public Broadcasting Service, the National Weather Service and FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, as well as numerous representatives from public safety, telecom, Big Tech and other industry sectors.

In 2021 Rosenworcel announced she wanted to “revitalize” the council. CSRIC VIII published several reports on topics like security vulnerabilities and mitigations in HTTP2; best practices to improve supply chain security of infrastructure and network management systems; and Wireless Emergency Alert Performance Reporting.

A video of the final meeting of CSRIC VIII is on the FCC website and can be viewed below.