CCIA Decries Passage of H.R. 4077

“The U.S. House of Representatives today [Sept. 29] passed H.R. 4077, the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, by voice vote after having placed it on the suspension calendar. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) regrets that the House acted in such haste to pass what is a controversial piece of legislation without the due consideration of the bill’s impact on technology innovation.

H.R. 4077 fundamentally expands the definition of criminal copyright infringement, turns private sector copyright disputes into criminal litigation involving the Department of Justice, and mobilizes ISPs to police their networks on behalf of content companies […]”


Putnam to leave Government Reform for Rules Committee

“Rep. Adam Putnam [R-FL], the force behind much of Congress’ oversight of federal IT during the last two years, is moving from the House Government Reform Committee to the Rules Committee effective today.

Putnam will take the place of Rep. Porter J. Goss, another Florida Republican, who left the committee and his Hill office last week to become the director of the CIA.

Since January of last year, Putnam had been the chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census […]”


ACM Recommends Integrity, Security, Usability in E-voting

Cites Risks of Computer-based Systems

Seeking to improve the security, accessibility, and public confidence in the voting process, ACM’s elected leadership has approved a public statement on the deployment and use of computer-based electronic voting (e-voting) systems for public elections. ACM’s position is that while computer-based e-voting systems have the potential to improve the electoral process, such systems must embody careful engineering, strong safeguards, and rigorous testing in both their design and operation. [See the official release here.]
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New Induce Act Alarms Foes

“CD burners, jukebox programs and Wi-Fi routers are just a few of the technologies that could be threatened under a new version of the Induce Act, critics say.

Like the first version of the controversial bill — which is championed by the music and movie industries — the latest language says that a company that intentionally induces a person to infringe copyright is liable.

The latest version was circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee staff Friday. It is scheduled for markup at a meeting of the Judiciary Committee on Thursday […]”

SOURCE: Wired News

Conservative group savages anti-P2P bill

“The nation’s oldest conservative group has become the latest and most vocal critic of an anti-file-swapping bill that foes say could target products like Apple Computer’s iPod.

The American Conservative Union (ACU), which holds influential Republican activists and former senators on its board of directors, is running newspaper and magazine advertisements that take a humorous jab at the so-called Induce Act–and slams some conservative politicians for supporting it.

“This is the Hollywood liberals trying to crush innovation,” said ACU deputy director Stacie Rumenap […]”


Carter: Still Seeking a Fair Florida Vote

“[…] A partial answer to the other question is that some basic international requirements for a fair election are missing in Florida.

The most significant of these requirements are:


• Uniformity in voting procedures, so that all citizens, regardless of their social or financial status, have equal assurance that their votes are cast in the same way and will be tabulated with equal accuracy. Modern technology is already in use that makes electronic voting possible, with accurate and almost immediate tabulation and with paper ballot printouts so all voters can have confidence in the integrity of the process. There is no reason these proven techniques, used overseas and in some U.S. states, could not be used in Florida […]”

SOURCE: Washington Post [free reg. req.]

EPIC Testifies on Voting Privacy

“The Election Assistance Commission Technical Guidelines Development Committee asked EPIC to offer testimony (pdf) on the impact that new voting technology and polling place practices has on the privacy rights of voters. The hearing was an opportunity for the committee charged with making recommendations on voluntary standards for election systems and voting technology […]”


E-Vote Fears Soar in Swing States

“Roughly a third of the votes cast in the November presidential election will be made on controversial paperless electronic voting machines, but as any political analyst can tell you, the only votes that will matter a great deal will be cast in a handful of swing states.

And just as the Kerry and Bush campaigns are spending most of their efforts in those states where neither holds a heavy margin in the polls, voting advocacy groups concerned with the integrity of voting technology are devoting their resources toward the states which matter most […]”

SOURCE: Wired News