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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 22

House Floor H.R. 805, Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2015 H.R. 1626, DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 1637 Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 2200, CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, as amended H.R. 1646, Homeland Security Drone Assessment and [...]

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ACM Appoints Robert Schnabel as New CEO

ACM today issued the following press release announcing the new CEO. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Robert (“Bobby”) Schnabel executive director and CEO effective November 1, 2015. Schnabel joins ACM after eight years as professor and dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. As ACM’s most senior staff [...]

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Vint Cerf Interviews U.S. CTO Megan Smith

ACM Past President Vint Cerf interviewed U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith for this month’s Communications of the ACM magazine. She spoke on key policy objectives, the need to increase the number of students in STEM fields, and the landscape of U.S. technology competitiveness in the global economy. Smith formerly served as a Vice President [...]

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USACM Signs Letter to President Obama Urging Wide Adoption of Encryption Technology

USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to pursue public policies that encourage the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. The letter is responsive to public statements by Obama Administration officials suggesting that U.S. companies should not provide strong encryption in products and services unless the [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 15

House Floor Possible consideration of trade legislation. See below for Tuesday’s scheduled floor action. Monday, June 15, 2015 Hearing: Commercial Cyber Espionage and Barriers to Digital Trade in China U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission 9 am | 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building Briefing: “Making a Maker” and Undergraduate Research Congressional STEM Education Caucus and [...]

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Take Effect

The FCC’s Open Internet Order became effective on June 12. The Order imposes new bright-line net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from blocking, throttling, and prioritizing paid “fast lanes.” The rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband Internet service. The Order also reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a “telecommunications service” under Title [...]

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FCC Renews Consumer Advisory Committee

The renewed FCC Consumer Advisory Committee held its first public meeting on June 12. The Committee is comprised of 37 appointed representatives from industry, academia, consumer organizations, disability organizations, and regulatory agencies. FCC Chairman Wheeler reappointed Debra Berlyn, representing the National Consumers League, as the Chair. Its mandate is to provide guidance to the FCC [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 8

Monday, June 8, 2015 Congressional briefing: Carnegie Mellon University and IEEE-USA on “What Can Be Done Today to Dramatically Improve Cybersecurity” with Jeremy Epstein, John Haller, and Rob Seacord. 3 pm | 2168 Rayburn House Office Building Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Nominations: LaVerne Horton Council To be Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology at the [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to reject proposals that require U.S. companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products. The letter encourages a focus on public policies to promote the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. * USACM submitted comments [...]

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USACM Comments on Proposed Federal Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

USACM yesterday submitted comments to the U.S. Access Board on updated federal accessibility standards and guidelines for information and communication technology (ICT) under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. The current standards have been in place for roughly 15 years. The effort to revise these standards has been [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 18

Monday, May 18, 2015 Senate Floor: H.R.1314, “Legislative vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority” Tuesday, May 19, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 874 – American Super Computing Leadership Act House Floor: H.R. 1162 – Science Prize Competitions Act, as amended House Floor: H.R. 1119 – Research and Development Efficiency Act House Floor: H.R. 1156 – International Science [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * USACM submitted comments on the NIST roadmap for usability and accessibility of future elections. USACM’s comments highlight the importance of usable and accessible voting technologies and systems and the need to improve and ensure the right of all voters to cast their votes independently and privately using secure, reliable, usable, and trustworthy [...]

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NIST Seeks Comments on Electronic Authentication Guideline

NIST seeks public input on which sections of its Electronic Authentication Guideline need updating. Given the evolving landscape of cybersecurity technological innovations and threats targeting remote authentication, NIST is considering a “significant update.” This technical guideline for federal agencies implementing electronic authentication was last updated in 2013. It supplements OMB’s E-Authentication Guidance for Federal Agencies. [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office to Hold Public Hearings on DMCA Exemptions

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public hearings in May on the proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention of copyrighted works given in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The public hearings will be held May 19-21 in Los Angeles, California and May 26-29 in Washington, D.C. The final agenda identifies the proposed exemptions [...]

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FCC Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices Report

The FCC seeks public comments on the report on “Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices” submitted by the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. The 415-page report involved 100+ cybersecurity professionals in a yearlong, multistakeholder effort to develop the first cybersecurity guidance for the communications sector, which includes the broadcasting, satellite, cable, wireless, and [...]

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Federal Agencies Seek Comments on Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

Federal agencies involved in the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program seek public input on the priorities and objectives to be included in a cybersecurity research and development strategic plan. Called for by Congress in the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, the strategic plan [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 11

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Hearing: Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Request and Budget Justification for the Federal Communications Commission Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government 10:30 am | 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Hearing: Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs [...]

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Technology and Computing Inventors to Be Inducted into U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame

Distinguished technology and computing inventors are among the 2015 Class of Inductees to the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at the 43rd Annual Induction Ceremony to held at the Smithsonian on May 12. Edith Clarke Edith Clarke (1883-1959), a computing and engineering pioneer, is honored for her early innovation of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 4

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Hearing: Continuing America’s Leadership: Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine for Patients Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 2:30 pm | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Hearing: Ensuring an Informed Citizenry: Examining the Administration’s Efforts to Improve Open Government Senate Judiciary Committee 9:30 am | [...]

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USACM Comments on NIST Roadmap for Usability and Accessibility of Next Generation Elections

USACM submitted comments on the NIST roadmap for usability and accessibility of future voting technologies and systems. The roadmap represents a positive and achievable plan for working toward inclusive participation of all voters in elections and improved accessible, usable, and accountable systems throughout the election process. USACM looks forward to engaging in the ongoing efforts [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* ACM named Michael Stonebraker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. * ACM named Dan Boneh recipient of the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for his groundbreaking contributions to the development [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* Congress continues to hold budget hearings. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Science. The deadline is April 27. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The deadline is June 1. Voting * The U.S. Election Assistance Commission will hold a roundtable to [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* USACM sent congratulatory letters to the three new Commissioners of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The letter recommends reestablishing the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, updating the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines, updating the testing and certification manuals, and establishing standards for Internet delivery of blank ballots and registration forms. * ACM Immediate Past President Vint [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM submitted a statement to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of a proposed security research exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Multiple committees collaborated on the statement. • The U.S. Copyright Office now invites public comments from opponents to the 27 proposed exemptions to [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM issued a press statement on President Obama’s comments on privacy and security in his State of the Union address. • ACM’s Annual Report FY2014, published this month in the Communications of the ACM, features activities and accomplishments by USACM. • The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), which was called for in [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public Input for 2015 DMCA Rulemaking

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline for the first round of public submissions of factual and legal support is February 6 and is limited to supporters of the proposed [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • The 114th Congress convened last week with Republicans controlling both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 246 Republicans, 188 Democrats, and 1 vacancy due to Rep. Michael Grimm’s resignation on January 5. The Senate has 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats, and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats. [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Considers DMCA Exemptions

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline for the first round of public submissions of factual and legal support is February 6 and is limited to supporters of the proposed [...]

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FCC Invites Nominations for the 4th Annual Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC invites nominations for the 4th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. The Chairman’s Awards aim to highlight and encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices that will benefit people with disabilities. The deadline for nominations is March 5, 2015. Nominations can include a product, service, technology, or practice introduced [...]

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FCC Invites Nominations for Disability Advisory Committee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) invites nominations for a new Disability Advisory Committee. Appointees will serve a two-year term and will be compensated. The FCC anticipates appointing 25 people. Appointees should expect at least three one-day meetings in Washington, D.C. during the year. Nominations are due by January 12. The Disability Advisory Committee will foster [...]

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Federal Spending Bill – What’s in the ‘Cromnibus’ for Tech Policy?

The House last night released the $1 trillion “Cromnibus” bill to fund the government through September 2015. It combines an omnibus spending bill for 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills for FY 2015 and a continuing resolution (CR) for DHS funding through February. The omnibus bill includes provisions on cybersecurity, cyber theft of intellectual [...]

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USPTO Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Prior Art on December 2

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a Roundtable on December 2 to discuss crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions to identify prior art for patents. The roundtable and its webcast will be open to the public. Registration is required. The USPTO will accept public comments until December 9. The USPTO seeks input on [...]

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USPTO Guest Lecturers for Tech Week 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking volunteer guest lecturers as part of Tech Week for patent examiners on December 1-5. Examiners could benefit from lectures on a wide range of computing-related topics, including innovations in computer architecture and software, data and network security, search technologies, and emergent areas in technology. USPTO Tech [...]

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President Obama Honors ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate Charles Bachman and ACM Fellow Mary Shaw with Awards

President Obama awarded eleven U.S. National Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony in the East Room on November 20. Among the recipients, ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate Charles W. Bachman and ACM Fellow Mary Shaw received National Medals of Technology and Innovation for their [...]

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USPTO and NIST To Host Multistakeholder Meeting on Cybersecurity and Patents in Silicon Valley on November 14

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will host the first multistakeholder Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on November 14 in Menlo Park, California. The public meeting will focus on the intersection of cybersecurity with intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents. The event is [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Invites Petitions for 2015 DMCA Rulemaking

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting petitions for the triennial rulemaking proceedings to determine exemptions to the anti-circumvention prohibitions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The deadline for petitions is November 3. To help enhance public understanding of the process and its evidentiary requirements, the U.S. Copyright Office has changed the procedures to lower [...]

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NIST Second Privacy Engineering Workshop on September 15-16 in San Jose

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), in coordination with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), will host the Second Privacy Engineering Workshop on September 15-16 in San Jose, California. The workshop will bring together legal experts, system designers, privacy engineers, and other privacy professionals from government, industry, academia, and civil society to [...]

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FCC Roundtables on Open Internet

The FCC will hold a series of Open Internet Roundtables in September and October, including a roundtable on the technological aspects on September 19. These staff-led roundtables aim to discuss policy issues related to the 2014 Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the best approaches to regulatory requirements for fixed and mobile markets. The [...]

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U.S. Department of Justice Invites Public Comments on Movie Captioning and Audio Descriptions

The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting comments on proposed changes to its regulations for captioning and audio descriptions in movie theaters under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III covers public accommodations and commercial facilities, including movie theaters. The proposed rule provides specific requirements for movie theaters to provide effective [...]

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White House Invites Public Comments on Strategy for American Innovation

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council invite public input on the 2015 update of the Strategy for American Innovation, which was last updated in 2011. Comments are due by September 23. Among the 25 questions in the call for comments, the strategy invites input on the Administration’s [...]

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USACM Announces New Leadership

ACM President Alex Wolf has appointed Ed Felten as Chair and Stuart Shapiro and Jeremy Epstein as Co-Vice Chairs of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council. Alex Wolf thanked Eugene Spafford for his 16 years of dedicated service leading USACM as its Chair. Ed Felten is the Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy [...]

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ACM Europe Council and U.S. Public Policy Council Address Computing Issues in EU-US Free Trade Agreement

The ACM Europe Council and the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council presented a consensus position on policy issues relevant to the computing field to negotiators of a new EU-U.S. free trade agreement. ACM Europe Council Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi delivered the remarks for consideration at the sixth round of negotiations for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and [...]

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Supreme Court Recognizes Technology Matters

Guest blog post written by Mark Rasch, U.S. Public Policy Council member The Supreme Court has always had to consider the impact of new technologies on both individuals’ expectations of privacy and ultimately on their rights to be free from “unreasonable” searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment. When the telephone was invented, the court [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Tells Police to “Get a Warrant” for Cellphone Searches

The U.S. Supreme Court recently unanimously ruled that law enforcement need to obtain a warrant to search a cellphone seized incident to an arrest. The decision addressed two separate warrantless cellphone search cases before the Court – one involving a smartphone and one involving a flip-lid phone. In the new balancing of law enforcement needs [...]

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FCC Workshop on Accessible Social Media on July 17

The FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host an all-day workshop on “Accessing Social Media,” on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9 am to 4 PM. The workshop will foster discussion on how to make social media apps, tools, and content more accessible to people with disabilities. Bring your ideas, case studies, and list of [...]

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NIST Seeks Members for Cloud Computing Working Groups

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for individuals from industry, government, and academia to participate in three new cloud computing public working groups: (1) cloud services, (2) federated community cloud, and (3) interoperability and portability. The working groups will address requirements of the U.S. Government Cloud Computing [...]

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June 27 Congressional Briefing on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Aereo Decision

Tomorrow, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will hold a lunch briefing responsive to yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc.. The event is open to the public. Advance registration is requested. You can submit questions in advance or during the event by tweeting your questions with the hashtag #ICACAereo. [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 23

6/24 updated to include cellphone unlocking on Thursday Monday, June 23, 2014 The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a field hearing on “Mass Gathering Security: A Look at the Coordinated Approach to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey and Other Large Scale Events.” 10 am, New Jersey Institute of Technology Tuesday, June 24, [...]

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Free Webinar on Cybersecurity and Public Policy on June 25

Navigating Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Six Key Issues ACM Learning Center Webinar Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11 am ET Registration: Free. Advance registration is required. In this emerging era of truly pervasive computing, cybersecurity is a hot public policy topic. Numerous policy proposals have been advanced to address emerging cyber threats directed at governments [...]

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Second Annual National Day of Civic Hacking May 31-June 1

Want to help make sense of the government’s Big Data? The 2nd National Day of Civic Hacking will take place this weekend, May 31 to June 1, in cities throughout the country. Anyone willing to contribute their time and skills can participate. A broad range of skills is needed. Launched last year by the White [...]

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USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting on May 22, 2014

The USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee will hold its next quarterly meeting on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 9 am to 3 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: Patent legislation in Congress International harmonization Patent [...]

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Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation Due June 2

Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are due by June 2, 2014. The award is bestowed by the U.S. President as the country’s highest honor for achievements in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields. Anyone can nominate eminent researchers, scientists, engineers, and inventors for the award by submitting the nomination [...]

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USTR Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

Piracy of devices, storage technologies, and mobile technologies is growing worldwide according to the USTR’s annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights. The USTR also reports an increase in software and devices to circumvent the protection systems of game consoles. The report, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, examines patent, copyright, trademark, and trade [...]

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UCLA Sanjam Garg Wins ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in computer science and engineering. Sanjam Garg, who earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, has won the annual ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his work on innovative cryptography tools that [...]

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State of the Net Wireless Keynote by Cellphone Pioneer Martin Cooper

The inventor of the wireless phone, Martin Cooper, called for a spectrum policy roadmap focused on promoting efficient use, competition, and innovation at this week’s State of the Net Wireless conference, sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. Cooper, who serves as a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and its Spectrum Frontier [...]

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ACM Presidential Award Winner – Mehran Sahami

The ACM Presidential Award is given at the discretion of the ACM President, to individuals whose contributions in computing fall within the goals of the ACM. The ACM Presidential Award goes to Mehran Sahami, a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, for his outstanding leadership during a [...]

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ACM Distinguished Service Award Goes to Gerhard Goos, Juris Hartmanis, and Jan van Leeuwen

The ACM Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals on the basis of value and degree of services to the computing community. Gerhard Goos of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Juris Hartmanis of Cornell University, and Jan van Leeuwen of Utrecht University are the recipients of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for their definitive role in [...]

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations in Washington, D.C. on May 19-23, 2014

The 5th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations will take place in the Washington, D.C. area from May 19-23, 2014. Stakeholders are invited to provide their viewpoints on the proposed U.S.-EU trade agreement and to hear from the Chief Negotiators on Wednesday, May 21. The negotiating teams will discuss a broad range of [...]

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Internet Policy Task Force Multistakeholder Forum on DMCA Notice and Takedown on May 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will hold the second meeting of the Multistakeholder Forum on DMCA Notice and Takedown on May 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A webcast will be available. The meeting will focus on the operational aspects of online copyright infringement notification, including the benefits of harmonizing notice procedures [...]

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ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences Winner – David Blei

The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that, through its depth, fundamental impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. ACM recognizes David Blei, an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of Princeton University, with the ACM-Infosys [...]

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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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