Data Breach and P2P Bills Pass House Committee

The House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up two bills this morning addressing concerns over the use of consumers’ personal information and the potential exposure of that data through the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs. The Data Accountability and Trust Act (H.R. 2221) has gone through this committee in previous years, with almost the exact […]

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 28

September 30 Hearing: The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on cyberbullying and other safety issues. 3 p.m. 2141 Rayburn Building UPDATE: Markup added Markup: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will markup the Data Accountability and Trust Act and proposed peer-to-peer legislation. 10 a.m., 2123 […]

CS Education in the States

If you’ve read a recent piece I co-wrote in Communications of the ACM (membership required), you know that the States largely drive education decisions in the US. Because of this, our community has to play “wack-a-mole” when we hear about issues that pop up in the fifty states affecting computer science education. Luckily, the Computer […]

FCC Will Tackle Net Neutrality

Earlier this week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intention to establish an expanded definition of net neutrality to “safeguard the free and open Internet.” Starting next month the Commission will start a rule-making process to codify the four net neutrality principles that currently guide its decisions on this issue, and add two […]

Committee Considers Changes to Cybersecurity Research and Development

This morning the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee met to mark up legislation that would amend the Cyber Security Research and Development Act. Much of the bill will simply extend authorized budget amounts for various research programs related to cybersecurity, but the bill will make some changes to […]

USACM Looks Back at FY 2009

The ACM’s Policy Office staff and USACM’s leadership have compiled USACM’s annual report for the past fiscal year – 2009 (which ended June 30). This year’s report contains descriptions of USACM’s work on advancing computer science education and innovation, electronic voting, privacy, and security. The report details testimonies given by our members as well as […]