Global Tech Policy Update – June 2016

ACM PUBLIC POLICY HIGHLIGHTS Internet of Things – The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments on the Internet of Things to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The comments describe the challenges and opportunities arising from IoT, including new technical and policy challenges related to privacy and security. Further, new identifiers, components, devices, […]

STEM Education Act Becomes Law

Computer science education got a boost when President Obama signed the STEM Education Act into law. It includes computer science in the definition of STEM, strengthens formal and informal STEM education activities at specified federal agencies, and expands STEM teaching fellowship programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF). An accompanying Senate report explains that the […]

FCC Draws Line in the Net Neutrality Sand

In what is arguably the end of the beginning of the fights over net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday, 3-2 to establish rules intended to “preserve the Internet as an open network enabling consumer choice, freedom of expression, user control, competition and the freedom to innovate.” Since both court and legislative challenges […]

PCAST Issues Report on NITRD program

On December 16 the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued the latest in its Congressionally required assessments of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD). The report is now available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-nitrd-report-2010.pdf You can watch the webcast of the report release here: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/pcast/101216/ If you want to review […]

FCC Seeks Comments on Definition of Broadband

As part of the National Broadband Plan that is within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks “tailored comment on a fundamental question—how the Plan should interpret the term “broadband” as used in the Recovery Act, recognizing that our interpretation of the term as used in that statute may inform […]

NY Times: Science Agencies Hurt by Congressional Budgeting

Before the New Year, one of the stories we wrote (it is a couple of paragraphs down) was about Congress embracing a full-year “Continuing Resolution” for most federal agencies. They did this because the last Congress only completed 2 of its 13 appropriations bills and decided it would be too complex to pass two sets […]