What to do about Botnets?

As mentioned on our blog last week (April 25) we cosponsored a Capitol Hill briefing with Microsoft about the growing threat of botnets. (See the post for more information on what botnets are.) Senators Pryor and Bennett made opening remarks about how the Internet is increasingly integrated into society and how computer security is an […]

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 30

Part of this week’s House legislative calendar includes the reauthorization bills for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation, as well as a concurrent resolution honoring Frances Allen on the occasion of receiving ACM’s Turing Award. May 1 Hearing/Markup: The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary […]

Competitiveness Bills Advance in Congress; Other Legislation Soon to Follow

Three bills linked to the American Competitiveness Initiative took an important step closer to becoming law this week – they passed one of the houses of Congress. On Tuesday, the House passed HR 362, the 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Math and Scholarship Act, as well as HR 363, the Sowing the Seeds Through Science […]

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 23

Aside from the hearings mentioned below, we expect competitiveness legislation to receive floor attention this week in both chambers. April 24 Meeting: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will meet. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The National Academies, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold […]

Briefing: Learning about the Threats from Botnets

Next Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., ACM and Microsoft are sponsoring a briefing to educate policymakers about the growing threat of botnets. For those not familiar with the issue, ‘bots are malicious software (viruses, worms, etc.) that take over an unsecured computer and place it under the control of a hacker or ‘bot herder’. These computers […]

House Administration Committee Looks Into Sarasota Vote

This morning a Task Force of the Committee on House Administration held a closed meeting regarding the voting irregularities in Sarasota County’s election for the 13th District seat. The Task Force is headed by Representative Charles Gonzalez of Texas. The Task Force was formed in late March, as noted in the committee press release currently […]