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NSF Requests Recommendations for Scientific and Technical Advisory Committees

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical federal advisory committees. Self-recommendations are accepted. Committee members serve varying term lengths. NSF has 13 scientific and technical advisory committees, including: Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences [...]

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Open Source Coq Wins ACM Software System Award

ACM today selected open source Coq as the recipient of the ACM Software System Award for its influential and critical role as a primary programming and certification tool. Coq is a software tool for the interactive development of formal theorem proofs and is written in open source OCaml. It provides a formal language to write [...]

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ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award Winners – Robert D. Blumofe and Charles E. Leiserson

The Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that significantly affect the practice of computing. Paris Kanellakis was a leader in theoretical computer science. ACM today recognized Robert D. Blumofe and Charles E. Leiserson with the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for their contributions to robust parallel and distributed computing. Mr. [...]

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ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award Winner – Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb

The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year. Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper was a computer pioneer who developed the first computer compiler and whose work led to the development of COBOL, one of the first computer programming languages. ACM today recognized Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb, an Associate Professor [...]

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ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award – Susan H. Rodger

The Karlstrom Award recognizes educators who advanced new teaching methodologies; effected new curriculum development in Computer Science and Engineering; or contributed to ACM’s educational mission. ACM today recognized Susan H. Rodger, a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the ACM Education Policy Committee, with the 2013 Karl [...]

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Nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

April 15 is the deadline for nominations of K-6 teachers, including computer science teachers, for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the President, a paid [...]

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USACM Supports Creation of a New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee

USACM today strongly supported the creation of a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee in its comments submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee would serve as a new mechanism for stakeholder input on trade policy issues. USACM encourages the Advisory Committee, once established, to [...]

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New Report on Third-Party Video Captioning and U.S. Copyright Law

G3ict yesterday released a white paper, authored by Colorado Law Professor Blake Reid, on third-party captioning of video programming and the legal uncertainties arising from conflicts between accessibility laws and regulations and U.S. copyright law. The paper, Third Party Captioning and Copyright, discusses how third-party captioning of video programming can potentially result in copyright infringement [...]

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Presidential Innovation Fellowship for USPTO Patent Quality Initiative

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program invites applications from individuals interested in helping the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) improve patent quality through better prior art identification and evaluation. Fellows will collaborate with innovators in government for 6-13 months. Applications will be accepted through April 7, 2014. The USPTO also will host a Software Partnership [...]

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USPTO Software Partnership Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Prior Art for Software Patents on April 10, 2014

The USPTO will hold a Software Partnership Roundtable on April 10 to discuss crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions to identify prior art for software patents. The roundtable and its webcast will be open to the public, but advance registration is required by April 4. Individuals interested in presenting at the roundtable need to request to [...]

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NIST Cloud and Mobility Forum and Workshop on March 25-27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a free NIST Cloud and Mobility Forum and Workshop on March 25-27, at its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The event will include panel discussions and presentations on future directions for the accessibility, usability, reliability, security, and privacy of mobile devices and [...]

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NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Workshop on March 24, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal technology agency, will host a free Cloud Computing Forensic Science Workshop on Monday, March 24, at its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Advance registration is required. The event is free and open to the public. More than 20 leaders in digital forensics from government, industry, and [...]

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USTR Invites Public Comments on New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is accepting public comments on the creation of a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee, as well as nominations for membership on the committee. The deadline for public comments and nominations is March 25, 2014. The Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee will provide trade policy advice and [...]

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ACM Report Urges States to Expand Computer Science Education

Citing the rapid growth of computing jobs in virtually every industry sector in the United States, ACM today issued a report urging states to provide more opportunities for students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete for these high-wage positions. The report, Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs [...]

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Internet Policy Task Force Multistakeholder Forum on DMCA Notice and Takedown

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will hold a multistakeholder forum to discuss the DMCA notice and takedown system on March 20, 2014 at the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. Subsequent public forums will take place every 6 weeks, alternating between the USPTO main campus and Silicon Valley. Advance registration is [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public Comments on Right of “Making Available” in the Digital Age

The U.S. Copyright Office invites public comments on the rights of “making available” and “communication to the public,” particularly in the digital age. The deadline for comments is April 4, 2014. A public roundtable will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 5, 2014. Questions from the Federal Register announcement: 1. Existing Exclusive Rights Under [...]

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Call for Presentations on Mobile Accessibility for the M-Enabling Summit in Washington, D.C.

The M-Enabling Summit conference invites program proposals for presentations and case studies. The conference will be held June 9-10, 2014 in the Washington, D.C. area and is co-sponsored by G3ict, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The conference attracts attendees from the U.S. federal government, foreign governments, academia, industry, and [...]

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FCC Invites Nominations for the 3rd Annual Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC is seeking nominations for the 3rd Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility until March 31, 2014. The Chairman’s Awards aim to highlight and encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices that will benefit people with disabilities. Nominations can include a product, service, technology, or practice introduced publicly between August [...]

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FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series: Dr. Juan E. Gilbert

The FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series will feature Dr. Juan E. Gilbert presenting on “Innovation in Voting Accessibility” on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 9 am ET. The presentation will be followed by accessible technology demonstrations in the FCC’s Technology Experience Center. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for [...]

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Congressional App Challenge 2014

The first annual Congressional App Challenge, established by the U.S. House of Representatives, invites high school students to use their programming and other computer science knowledge and skills to develop innovative software programs for mobile devices, tablets, computers, or cloud-computing platforms. Winning entries will be showcased by Congress. The deadline for submissions is April 30, [...]

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Congress Invites Public Comments on Updating the Communications Act

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking public comments on a white paper released yesterday on “Modernizing the Communications Act.” The public comments will help inform the Committee as it reviews and updates the Communications Act. The comprehensive reform is anticipated to be a multiyear process. The deadline for public comments is January 31, [...]

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FCC Invites Public Comments on the Accessibility of User Interfaces for Video Programming

The FCC invites public comments related to the usability and accessibility of user display settings for closed captioning of video, on-screen text menus for video programming guides, and audible emergency information to accompany on-screen emergency information. The FCC also would like feedback on whether it would be beneficial to notify consumers of the availability of [...]

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FCC Invites Public Comments on Closed Captioning of IP-Delivered Video Clips

The FCC invites public comments on applying closed captioning rules to IP-delivered video clips. The deadline for public comments is January 27, 2013. In its IP Closed Captioning Order, the FCC determined that full-length online video programming must provide closed captioning pursuant to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). The [...]

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USPTO Public Forum on the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public forum on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, from 9 am to noon ET to discuss proposed changes to the agency’s practices to implement the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012. Advance registration is required. A live webcast will be available. The new changes will [...]

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USPTO Invites Public Comments on Prior Art Resources for Software Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites public comments on prior art resources for software patents as a follow-up to last month’s Software Partnership Meeting. The deadline for comments is March 14, 2014. The USPTO specifically would like comments on the following questions: What specific databases, websites, tools and other resources do you find [...]

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Article on the “Legal Aspects of Interface Accessibility in the U.S.”

The December issue of the Communications of the ACM includes an article co-authored by USACM Accessibility Committee Chair Harry Hochheiser and committee member Jonathan Lazar on the “Legal Aspects of Interface Accessibility in the U.S.” Their article responds to and expands upon ACM President Vint Cerf’s article from a year ago, “Why Is Accessibility So [...]

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2013

Today, December 3, is the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all.” The UN says that more than 1 billion people, or roughly 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. A major focus of the [...]

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FTC Workshop on Digital “Native Advertising” on December 4, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop titled, “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content?,” on December 4, 2013, to explore the increasing trend of “native advertising.” The all-day workshop will feature remarks by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, perspectives from the Director and Staff Attorney of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and three panels comprised [...]

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FTC Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Patent Assertion Entity Study

The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline for public comments on its proposed study of patent assertion entities (PAEs) until Monday, December 16, 2013. The study would seek information from roughly 25 companies whose business model relies primarily on buying and selling patents, and asserting patents through licensing and enforcement. The information is intended [...]

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New Federal Regulations Require Accessible Airline Websites and Kiosks

New federal regulations by the U.S. Department of Transportation require airlines to make their websites and airport kiosks more accessible for people with disabilities. Airlines have up to 2 years to make reservation, flight, and frequent flyer account information on their websites accessible and up to 3 years to make their entire websites accessible. They [...]

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Internet Policy Task Force Seeks Public Comments on “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy” Report

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force invites public comments on its report, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The 122-page report provides an analysis of copyright policy since 1995, recommends possible regulatory and legislative actions, and identifies specific policy issues for further discussion and public input. The U.S. Patent [...]

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USPTO Software Partnership Meeting on Prior Art Searching Techniques and Tools on December 5, 2013

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the next Software Partnership meeting on December 5, 2013, from 1-4:30 pm ET at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The focus of the meeting will be on “ways to improve the USPTO’s prior art searching techniques and tools.” Members of the public are invited to attend. [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 21

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Hearing: The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on “The Evolution of Wired Communications Networks.” 10:30 am, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Thursday, October 24, 2013 Markup: 10/24 update – Rescheduled for October 29 at 10 am. The House Committee on Homeland Security will [...]

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USPTO Software Partnership Meeting on October 17 at U.C. Berkeley School of Law

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a Software Partnership Meeting tomorrow, October 17, 2013, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time, at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law. The meeting will provide a forum for the software and high-tech communities to hear about governmental activities to improve patent policies and examinations [...]

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AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships in Big Data and Analytics

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is accepting applications for its Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program. Fellows are placed in congressional and executive branch offices. This year, a new track in Big Data and Analytics will place PhD computer scientists in federal agencies. This is a great opportunity for computer scientists [...]

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Library of Congress Announces New Mobile App for Braille and Audio Books

The Library of Congress announced today that its Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) system is going mobile with an app for Apple devices now available for download and a forthcoming Android app in development. These mobile apps will allow the 800,000+ institutional and individual users registered with its National Library Service for the Blind [...]

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2nd Anniversary Forum of the America Invents Act on September 16

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the America Invents Act (AIA) Second Anniversary Forum on Monday, September 16, 2013, from 1-5 pm ET at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. A live webcast will be available. USPTO patent experts and administrative patent judges will discuss recent updates, trends in filings, how to [...]

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FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series: Yevgen Borodin

The FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series will feature Yevgen Borodin on “Improving Accessibility for the General Public” on September 12, 2013, at 10 am EDT. The presentation will be followed by accessible technology demonstrations in the FCC’s Technology Experience Center. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for in-person attendance [...]

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U.S. Access Board Public Meeting on September 11

The U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency, will hold its regular public Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. In the morning, the Board will receive an overview of the new U.S. Access Board website, which has been designed with the forthcoming [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to the FCC on Accessibility Waiver Request for E-Readers

USACM today submitted comments to the FCC on a request by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers to exempt e-readers from the accessibility requirements under the advanced communication provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). Congress passed the CVAA to help ensure that people with disabilities are able to utilize [...]

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New Report on Computer Science Teacher Certification in the United States

Computer science teacher certification throughout the United States is “deeply flawed” and requires coordinated action by federal and state policymakers, education administrators, and teachers to establish statewide systems and more effective approaches to prepare, support, and credential computer science teachers, according to a new report by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). As pointed out [...]

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USPTO Software Partnership Meeting on October 17

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a Software Partnership Meeting on October 17, 2013, at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California to provide a forum for the software and high-tech communities to hear about governmental activities to improve software-related patent policies and examinations and to have a discussion on [...]

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FCC Requests Public Comments on Accessibility Waiver for E-Readers

The FCC is accepting public comments on a request by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers to exempt e-readers from accessibility requirements applicable to “advanced communications services” under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and its implementing regulations. The deadline for public comments is September 3, 2013. Congress passed the CVAA to help [...]

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USACM Provides Feedback on Non-Web Accessibility Guidelines

USACM submitted feedback to the W3C on the latest draft of the “WC3 Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies.” The proposed guidance document seeks to provide informative guidance on how the international standards for web accessibility, known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, can be interpreted and applied [...]

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USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting – August 15, 2013

The USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August 15, 2013, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will also be available by WebEx. Agenda items include: America Invents Act Training Update Legislative Update Patent [...]

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USACM Welcomes Claudia Gordon as White House Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council welcomes President Obama’s appointment of Claudia Gordon as the new White House Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community. Ms. Gordon previously served as the Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a Senior Policy Advisor within the U.S. [...]

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USACM Statement to the House Ways and Means Committee on Intellectual Property Provisions in Trade Agreements

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council today submitted a statement to the House Ways and Means Committee as part of the record for the hearing on “President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.” The hearing touched upon major trade negotiations underway, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment [...]

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Internet Policy Task Force Releases New Green Paper on Copyright Policy

The U.S. Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force today released a green paper titled “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The 122-page report provides an analysis of copyright policy since 1995, recommends possible regulatory and legislative actions, and identifies specific policy issues for further discussion and public input. The USPTO and [...]

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Witness List for Thursday’s Hearing on “Innovation in America: The Role of Technology”

House Hearing on “Innovation in America: The Role of Technology” House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:30 a.m. ET Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2141 A live webcast will be available. Witnesses: Danae Ringelmann Founder & Chief Customer Officer, Indiegogo Jim Fruchterman President and CEO, [...]

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The Week Ahead: Congress to Hold Hearings on Copyright and Patents

Four hearings on Capitol Hill this week will focus on intellectual property issues related to cellphone unlocking, standard essential patents, copyright, and cross-border intellectual property rights under a new trade agreement. Tuesday, July 30 Senate Hearing on “Standard Essential Patent Disputes and Antitrust Law” Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights [...]

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Congress to Consider Copyright This Week

Two U.S. House of Representatives committees will consider copyright issues at three hearings this week.   Markup of H.R. 1123: The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10 a.m. ET Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2141 The full Committee will consider and markup H.R. 1123, the [...]

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FCC Open Commission Meeting on July 19

The FCC will discuss the IP Speech-to-Speech Relay program and a report on the implementation of Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) at its Open Commission Meeting this Friday, July 19, 10:30 am-noon ET. A live webcast will be available. According to the meeting announcement, the accessibility topics will be the last two [...]

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Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge: Markup of U.S. Legislation in Akoma Ntoso

The Library of Congress invites the public to participate in its first Legislative Data Challenge. The winning solution will provide the most effective representation of four specific bills of the U.S. Congress using the international legislative information standard Akoma Ntoso, as well as a discussion of the suitability of that standard to represent U.S. legislative [...]

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House Committee on Ways and Means Invites Public Submissions on President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda

The House Committee on Ways and Means is accepting public statements for the record for Thursday’s hearing on President Obama’s trade policy agenda. The deadline for public submissions is Thursday, August 1. Thursday, July 18 House Hearing on “President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman” House Committee on Ways and Means [...]

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House Hearing on Mens Rea in Federal Criminal Law on July 19

Friday, July 19 House Hearing on “Mens Rea: The Need for a Meaningful Intent Requirement in Federal Criminal Law” House Judiciary Committee Friday July 19, 9 a.m. Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237 A live webcast will be available. This hearing is related to the activities of the Committee’s Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013, co-chaired [...]

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Highlights from Clayton Lewis on “The Future of Inclusive Design”

At the FCC today, Computer Science Professor Clayton Lewis asserted a new paradigm for accessibility is emerging and that this paradigm may require changes to public policies related to accessibility, such as Section 508, and intellectual property laws. Professor Lewis, a member of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, kicked off today’s FCC’s Accessibility and [...]

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Accessible Technology Demos at the FCC on July 16

Tomorrow, the FCC will feature demonstrations of accessible technology solutions from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in its Technology Experience Center. The event is part of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series. As a reminder, USACM member Professor Clayton Lewis will be kicking off the day with his presentation on “The Future of Inclusive [...]

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FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee Meeting on July 9

The FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, to discuss issues related to its four working groups: (1) mobile broadband, (2) economic impacts of open internet frameworks, (3) specialized services, and (4) transparency. A live webcast will be available. At the Committee’s public meeting [...]

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US Rejoins World’s Top 5 Countries for Innovation

The United States is one of the five most innovative countries in the world, according to the Global Innovation Index 2013, a hefty 392-page report published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). After being off the top 5 list since 2009, the United States saw “strong increases in software spending [...]

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USPTO Invites Public Comments on Reducing Online IP Infringement

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites public input on the effectiveness of voluntary initiatives encouraged by the Obama Administration to reduce online intellectual property infringement. The deadline for public comments is Monday, July 22, 2013. The USPTO invites input from all interested parties on the processes, data metrics, and methodologies that could be [...]

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FCC’s Speaker Series Will Feature Clayton Lewis on Inclusive Design Online

The FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series will feature USACM member and accessibility expert Clayton Lewis on “The Future of Inclusive Design Online” on Tuesday, July 16, at 10 am EDT. The event is free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available. Event Summary The evolution of technology is creating [...]

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New AP Computer Science Principles Exam

The College Board announced this month a new Advanced Placement course and exam – Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). The course will introduce high school students to fundamental concepts of computing beyond computer programming. The course will be introduced in 2016, with the first exam to be administered in 2017. The proposed curriculum will teach [...]

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FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee Meeting on June 14

The FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EEAC) will meet tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT, to discuss the technologies and protocols needed to ensure access to Next Generation 911 emergency services by individuals with disabilities. A live webcast will be available. The Next Generation 911 (NG911) system will support communications [...]

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Tomorrow’s House Hearing on the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act

Tomorrow morning, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to consider whether to repeal, reauthorize, or revise the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). The Committee previously held a hearing on possible reauthorization in February. The law allows satellite TV providers to retransmit broadcast signals. It also establishes compulsory copyright licensing. [...]

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Consumer Advocates and Industry Endorse Cellphone Unlocking Bill at House Judiciary Committee Hearing

A legislative proposal to allow consumers to unlock their cellphones garnered support from consumer advocates, wireless industry executives, and a coalition of copyright owners at yesterday’s House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing. Michael Altschul, Senior VP and General Counsel at CTIA, stated that H.R. 1123, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, represents a “reasonable balance [...]

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Senate Briefing on Accessible Information and Communication Technologies

Former U.S. Congressman Tony Coelho, who was the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, moderated a Senate briefing yesterday on “The Impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Global Commerce and the International Accessibility Eco-System.” The briefing brought together 200+ participants [...]

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White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues: Legislative Priorities and Executive Actions

The White House today released a report on the impact of patent trolls on innovation and announced five executive actions the USPTO and the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator will take to address perceived problems with computer and software-related patents. The White House also called upon Congress to pass seven legislative reforms. Among the executive [...]

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Highlights from Congressional Briefing on Patent Litigation Reform

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee yesterday held a panel discussion on “If Patent Litigation Is Strangling High Tech Innovation, When Will Congress Act?” The panelists debated whether Congress should be addressing the perceived problems of abusive patent litigation and explored why the various proposed legislative solutions in Congress should matter to you. As part [...]

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USACM Statement on House Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council today submitted the following statement to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade for the hearing on the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.   The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council encourages the negotiators to consider the following three principles when negotiating provisions relevant to intellectual [...]

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Senate Hearing on Making Movies and Inflight Entertainment Accessible

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a legislative hearing last week on two bills that would address accessible entertainment in movie theaters and on airplanes. Witnesses included representatives from the FCC, the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Council for the Blind, the National Association for the Deaf, The Benetech Initiative, and [...]

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USACM Comments on Proposed US-EU Trade Agreement

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted its public comment to the U.S. Trade Representative outlining three important intellectual property principles for the U.S. government to consider in the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade negotiations with the European Union. The United States and the EU share the largest economic relationship in the [...]

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This Week in Federal Policy

Topics to be addressed in Congressional hearings this week include: internet video, accessibility for people with disabilities, federal computing research, big data, patent reform, copyright reform, automated vehicle technologies, cybersecurity, e-verify, and drones. On Wednesday, FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen will speak on “FTC’s Google Investigation: Implications for the States and Other Countries.” On Thursday, [...]

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5th Annual State of the Mobile Net Conference on May 9, 2013

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee brings you the 5th Annual State of the Mobile Net Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Key members of Congress and their staff, Administration officials, tech executives, and mobile-savvy technologists will discuss location-based services, privacy, the mobile broadband spectrum squeeze, and other emergent legal and legislative issues facing lawmakers [...]

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U.S. Election Assistance Commission Roundtable on Voting Accessibility on May 9, 2013

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission will hold a roundtable on “Transforming Election Administration, Voting System Accessibility, and the Certification Process” on Thursday, May 9 from noon to 5:30 pm EDT to explore current and future research in accessible voting technology. The roundtable will be available by live webcast. ACM U.S. Public Policy Council member Dr. [...]

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HHS: Technology Accessibility and Inclusion Conference on May 7, 2013

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will hold its first “a11y@HHS: Technology Accessibility and Inclusion Conference,” on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the FDA White Oak Campus. The conference is open to the public. A live webcast will be available. Advance registration is required. The all-day conference will feature sessions on web and [...]

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USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting – May 16, 2013

The USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will also be available by WebEx. Below are a few of the agenda topics in bold, with [...]

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New GAO Report on Voting Accessibility

Almost all polling places had an accessible voting system during the 2008 elections, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). That’s the good news. The bad news: At nearly half of the polling places with an accessible voting system, voters with disabilities still faced barriers to voting independently and privately. [...]

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Congressional Forum on Voting Accessibility

National Council on Disability’s Congressional Policy Forum on Voting Access “The Help America Vote Act Ten Years Later: Has the Law Accomplished Its Aim?” Tuesday, April 23, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 608 (Senate Budget Committee Hearing Room) This Congressional Policy Forum will help inform the National Council on Disability [...]

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Senate Hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges Senate Finance Committee Full Committee Hearing April 24, 10 a.m. Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 215 Live webcast will be available. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed multilateral regional trade agreement currently being negotiated by 11 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, [...]

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National Council on Disability – Public Forum on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Public Forum on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Tuesday, April 23, 9:30 – 10 a.m. Access Board Conference Room 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800 78 Federal Register 20957 Tomorrow, the National Council on Disability will accept public comments in person on how the Council should engage on the UN [...]

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Cyber Week Recap

Plenty of techies, carrying an array of digital devices and looking for power outlets, swarmed Capitol Hill last week for the so-called “cyber week” in the U.S. House of Representatives. To give you some idea of the number of tech lobbyists on scene, Wednesday’s huddle began with the announcement that one major tech company alone [...]

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USACM Comments on Ways to Improve Quality of Software-Related Patents

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday in response to its request for recommendations on how the USPTO and the software community might “enhance the quality of software-related patents.” “This is a wonderful opportunity for the computing community to help the USPTO further understand topics that [...]

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Software Developers – Apply to Join the White House “Hackathon” on June 1

The White House is accepting applications from software developers and hands-on technology experts to participate in a day of national service at the White House on June 1 in support of enhancing the “We the People” petition system. The goal of the day will be to create production ready applications for integration with other systems [...]

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Accessible Voting Technology Research Workshop, April 1-2

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will be holding a two-day workshop on April 1-2 to explore current and future research in accessible voting technology. The two-day workshop will be available by live webcast. The Workshop comes just days after President Obama’s Executive Order creating a new Election [...]

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Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are due Monday, April 1, 2013. The award is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement for American scientists, engineers, and innovators. It is bestowed by the U.S President. Nominations may be submitted to honor an individual, a group of up to four individuals, a company, [...]

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Reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act this Congress?

During last Wednesday’s hearing on “Investigating and Prosecuting 21st Century Cyber Threats,” the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations explored whether Congress should change what constitutes a cybercrime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Overall, lawmakers expressed concern about potentially weakening the CFAA’s criminal provisions but recognized that the [...]

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Upcoming Event – ACM Turing Award Recipient Dr. Vint Cerf on “Reinventing the Internet”

ACM Turing Award Recipient Dr. Vint Cerf on “Reinventing the Internet” Monday, May 13, 2013, 6:30 pm Google DC 1101 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 Sponsored by: ACM Washington D.C. Chapter Registration is free and open to the public. Early registration is highly encouraged. Seating is limited. To register: http://meetup.dcacm.org/events/106916812/ The Washington, D.C. [...]

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House Hearings on Litigation Abuses

Two Congressional hearings relevant to patent reforms, which were canceled last week due to “snowquester,” are scheduled for this week. House Hearing on “Examination of Litigation Abuses” Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10 am ET Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice House Judiciary Committee Webcast: http://judiciary.house.gov Witnesses: Elizabeth Milito, National Federation of Independent Business Theodore [...]

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Congress to Consider Patent Litigation Reforms This Week

Two events on Capitol Hill this week will focus on potential patent litigation reforms. Both will be available by live webcast. Congressional Briefing on “Patent Trolls and Their Impact on the Economy” Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:10 am – 12:10 pm ET Sponsored by: The Internet Association Webcast: http://ustream.tv/channel/internetassociation Moderator: Ryan Grim, The Huffington Post [...]

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House Creates Congressional App Challenge

The U.S. House of Representatives created a national academic competition this week for students to showcase their talents in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Consistent with the importance of computer science within STEM, the first annual Congressional Academic Competition will be the Congressional App Challenge. It will challenge students nationwide to develop innovative software programs [...]

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