ACM Washington Update, Volume 10.12 (December 21, 2006)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Encourages Adoption of “Software Independence” Standard for Voting Systems [3] Key Federal Advisory Committee Recommends Software Independent Voting Systems [4] Lame Duck Congressional Session Lives Up to the Name [5] Election Assistance Commission Considers 2006 Elections a Success [6] Radical Education Reforms Required to Handle the Challenges of Globalization […]

Commerce Department Forms Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation

One last item before the end of the year. On December 6th, the Secretary of Commerce named the 15 members of the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy Advisory Committee. A mix of business and academic leaders, the Committee will “study metrics on effectiveness of innovation in various businesses and sectors, and work to […]

Uncertainty and the Florida 13th

Update – December 21 The court hearing over access to the voting machine source code ended yesterday, with the judge in the case requesting written briefs to be submitted by Friday, instead of oral arguments. While one voting expert testified that it was highly unlikely for the undervote to be a result of voter choice […]

Radical Education Reform in Response to Globalization

We don’t cover broad education issues on this blog, but we do cover aspects of globalization — particularly after ACM’s report on the globalization and offshoring in the software industry. It is hard to separate the two issues. Education is clearly connected to workforce issues, which are, in turn, connected to globalization. Realizing these deep […]

The Duck Quacks, New House and Senate Chairs Are Named

Congress’ very short lame-duck session came to an end early Saturday morning wrapping up a largely unproductive 109th Congress in the technology policy space. In the waning hours, Congress did pass a few tech-related measures, but left almost all of the funding and competitiveness bills on the table — including funding for the President’s American […]

Election Assistance Commission Reviews 2006 Elections

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) met yesterday in Washington, to handle regular business and hear testimony on the mid-term elections. The EAC was created as part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to assist states and localities in the administration of elections and to administer the funds designated by HAVA for states to update […]