ACM Voter Registration Database Study Calls for More Details in EAC Guidance

Previously, we reported that ACM created a committee to study issues related to statewide voter registration databases and that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recently released its draft guidance on this topic, seeking additional comments. ACM’s committee took the opportunity to provide expert comments to the EAC. The Help America Vote Act requires that all […]

ACM Washington Update, Vol. 9.5 (May 31, 2005)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Congress, Media, and Research Societies Bring National Attention to IT R&D Funding, USACM Weighs in [3] ACM Voter Registration Database Study Calls for More Details in EAC Guidance [4] USACM Provides Testimony to House Science Committee Hearing [5] Congress Begins Work to Fund Research Agencies [6] Congressmen Announce “Innovation Summit” […]

Spyware bills pass House

With most eyes focused (understandably) on the Senate’s judicial filibuster fight, the House of Representatives yesterday passed two pieces of spyware legislation: H.R. 29 — Rep. Mary Bono’s (R-CA) Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act (SPY Act), which would, among other things, prohibit deceptive acts or practices intended to take unsolicited control of the […]

Senate Judges Controversy Hits Boiling Point

Update 5/24/05: The Senate cut a deal last night paving the way for several judge confirmations, so looks like a ceasefire is in effect. The Washington Post has a good report on it. Original Post 5/17/05: Today’s Washington Post reports that Republican and Democrat leaders have ended efforts to find a compromise over the confirmation […]

Little clearing in privacy/personal information issues

Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Orson Swindle had some strong words recently for business leaders attending a meeting on cybercrime convened by the Business Software Alliance and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (as reported in National Journal’s Tech Daily [subscription req’d]): “Industry has been irresponsible, and someone’s got to pay,” [he said …] Swindle […]

Murky Waters Begin to Clear: House Moves Cybersecurity Issues Forward

In a previous post (recommended reading for background to this post), we outlined House Homeland Security Chairman Cox’s (R-CA) efforts to add cybersecurity provisions to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act. The leading idea was to give cybersecurity more political clout within the department by moving it higher up on the bureaucratic food chain. […]