Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – January 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 1)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the January issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM to access premium content online.

Law and Technology
Unstandard Standardization: The Case of Biology by Arti Rai

The author reviews standards-setting efforts in information and communications technologies as she assesses the similar effort in the new field of synthetic biology.

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 25

January 25

Meeting
The Election Assistance Commission is holding a meeting to handle regular business.
1 p.m., 1225 New York Avenue, Suite 150, Washington

January 27

Hearing
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a CLOSED hearing on cybersecurity
3 p.m., SVC-217, Capitol Building

USACM Supports Bill to Expand FCC Technical Capacity

USACM has sent Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) a letter of support for her bill to expand the technical advising capacity of the Federal Communications Commission. The bill, S. 2881, is called the FCC Commissioners Technical Resource Enhancement Act, and would allow each FCC Commissioner to add one staff assistant position to the three they are currently allowed to appoint.

As written, the additional staff position would be someone with an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or electrical engineering. USACM recommended in that this language be changed to require ‘recognized expertise’ in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field. It also recommended that language be added to the bill requiring that the staff assistant not have been employed by a regulated firm, an industry lobbying group, or a law firm representing either such entity, for at least three years prior to the appointment.

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 18

January 20

Hearing:
The House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, taking testimony from business groups.
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

Meeting:
The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board will meet to discuss cloud computing and other issues
1 p.m., National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Bono Still Hasn’t Found What He’s Looking For

I don’t get to blog much about technology policy issues anymore, but every once in a while something juicy comes along that is worth spending a few minutes responding to. In Sunday’s New York Times Bono (U2’s lead singer) wrote a piece advocating 10 ideas for the next decade. Among them was a call for widespread filtering and deep packet inspection of the Internet to stop sharing of copyrighted content:

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Bono Still Hasn't Found What He's Looking For

I don’t get to blog much about technology policy issues anymore, but every once in a while something juicy comes along that is worth spending a few minutes responding to. In Sunday’s New York Times Bono (U2’s lead singer) wrote a piece advocating 10 ideas for the next decade. Among them was a call for widespread filtering and deep packet inspection of the Internet to stop sharing of copyrighted content:

Continue reading “Bono Still Hasn't Found What He's Looking For”