Start December with an Update on Social Innovation

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

December starts with an opportunity to learn more about new developments in social innovation – digital tools that help connect people with each other and with organizations. On the first the New America Foundation will host an event on technology, social innovation and civic participation. Researchers from the University of Maryland (including USACM member Ben Shneiderman) will discuss their recent work examining both the advantages and challenges of new social interaction technologies.

The event will take place at the New America Foundation’s offices in Washington from 3:30 to 4:45 on Wednesday, December 1st.

New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC, 20036

Registration in encouraged.

Cybersecurity Policy Discussion Will Include USACM Chair

On November 22, former national cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke will discuss cybeersecurity and cybersecurity policy at the AAAS in Washington, D.C. As part of the discussion, a panel of experts will join Mr. Clarke to discuss the challenges of forming and implementing government cybersecurity policy. One of those experts is USACM Chair Eugene Spafford. He will be joined by Larry Clinton, President of the Internet Security Alliance, and Alex Howard, Government 2.0 correspondent for O’Reilly Media.

The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. at AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Second Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

The event is hosted by the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy. An RSVP is requested.

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 15

Congress returns to Washington this week for a ‘lame-duck’ session. Beyond some kind of budget action, the legislative agenda is a bit uncertain.

November 17


The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on securing critical infrastructure.
10:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building

November 18


The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to mark pending legislation and vote on nominations. The legislation scheduled to be covered includes the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which USACM weighed in on in September.
10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building

USACM Vice Chair Felten Appointed as First FTC Chief Technologist

Ed Felten, noted computer science researcher, Director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and one of USACM’s Vice Chairs, has been appointed Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This is a new position for the Commission (the Federal Communications Commission has had one for years), and Felten will serve for a one-year term.

As Chief Technologist, Felten will advise the Commission on emerging technology and policy issues. Felten is no stranger to Washington, having testified before Congress and consulted with the Justice and Defense Departments, in addition to his previous work for the FTC. Congratulations to Ed on his appointment!