This Week in Tech: Do Not Track effort at a crossroads

Justin Brookman, newly appointed co-chairman of the group and director of the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy, said he expects stakeholders “will express a desire to move forward.”

“We've had a couple calls under the new leadership now, and so far the new structure seems to be working,” Brookman said. The new approach includes having the group “focus on a few issues at a time” and “move to consensus.”

When the group can’t agree, its leaders will call for objections and “pick the least objectionable option,” he said.

If the group does not want to move forward, it would be “better to end it now than spend another two years squabbling and not coming to resolution because people aren't invested in the process,” Brookman said.

In other technology happenings, the Telecommunications Industry Association will hold its annual conference from Monday to Thursday at the National Harbor in Maryland.

Speakers will include National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Patrick Gallagher.

Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBarr hearing marks first time Senate Judiciary has GOP women serving on panel Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing Overnight Defense: Appeals court sides with Trump on transgender military ban | Trump threatens years-long shutdown | Trump floats declaring national emergency to build wall with military MORE (R-Tenn.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) are also scheduled to speak, along with executives from Verizon, AT&T, Samsung and Amazon.

Leading critics of NSA surveillance will speak at the Cato Institute on Wednesday. Speakers include Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenIRS waiving penalty for some in first filing season under Trump's tax law Mobile providers at center of privacy storm Hillicon Valley: House chair seeks emergency briefing on wireless industry's data sharing | AG nominee to recuse himself from AT&T-Time Warner merger | Dem questions Treasury, IRS on shutdown cyber risks MORE (D-Ore.) and Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashOn The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown The 7 Republicans who voted against back pay for furloughed workers GOP conference chair: Steve King's comments were 'abhorrent' and 'racist' MORE (R-Mich.) and James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), who are all working on legislation to limit NSA spying.

Others slated to appear include Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union, David Lieber of Google and Sharon Bradford-Franklin of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

The deadline for NIST's preliminary cybersecurity framework is Thursday. The framework, which would set voluntary cybersecurity rules for critical infrastructure, is part of the president's executive order on cybersecurity from earlier this year.

James Hock, a Commerce Department spokesman, said the framework would not be released if the government is still closed on Thursday. He said NIST might have to delay the framework even if the government reopens before Thursday.