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Nominations for 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC invites nominations for the 5th 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 31, 2016. Nominations can include a product, service, technology, or practice introduced [...]

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USACM Comments on Regulations Governing Protection of Research Participants

USACM submitted comments on the proposed updates to the federal regulations for research involving human subjects. These regulations, known as the Common Rule, are used by multiple federal agencies. They have significance for computing professionals conducting behavioral, analytic, and clinical studies, especially in the subfields of computer security, information assurance, computer networks, computer-human interaction, accessibility, [...]

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STEM Education Act Becomes Law

Computer science education got a boost when President Obama signed the STEM Education Act into law. It includes computer science in the definition of STEM, strengthens formal and informal STEM education activities at specified federal agencies, and expands STEM teaching fellowship programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF). An accompanying Senate report explains that 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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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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Administration Includes Computing Initiatives In State of The Union Preview

This week the Obama Administration has been previewing some of the topics the President will cover in his State of the Union address.  That speech will take place next Tuesday, January 20, at 9 p.m. Eastern.  (If you watch the address via the White House website, it will include supporting charts and graphs.)  Many of [...]

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2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recognizes Les Valiant

Les Valiant, the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been recognized for his work in machine learning and the theory of computation with the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The Award, which comes with a $250,000 prize, is supported in part by [...]

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FCC Draws Line in the Net Neutrality Sand

In what is arguably the end of the beginning of the fights over net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday, 3-2 to establish rules intended to “preserve the Internet as an open network enabling consumer choice, freedom of expression, user control, competition and the freedom to innovate.” Since both court and legislative challenges [...]

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PCAST Issues Report on NITRD program

On December 16 the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued the latest in its Congressionally required assessments of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD). The report is now available at: You can watch the webcast of the report release here: If you want to review [...]

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FCC Seeks Comments on Definition of Broadband

As part of the National Broadband Plan that is within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks “tailored comment on a fundamental question—how the Plan should interpret the term “broadband” as used in the Recovery Act, recognizing that our interpretation of the term as used in that statute may inform [...]

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NY Times: Science Agencies Hurt by Congressional Budgeting

Before the New Year, one of the stories we wrote (it is a couple of paragraphs down) was about Congress embracing a full-year “Continuing Resolution” for most federal agencies. They did this because the last Congress only completed 2 of its 13 appropriations bills and decided it would be too complex to pass two sets [...]

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WGIG report draws U.S. fire

The U.N. Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) recently issued its final report. The report makes a number of recommendations and proposals aimed at, among other things, creating a global multi-stakeholder forum (linked to the U.N.) to address Internet-related public policy issues and fostering full participation in Internet governance arrangements by developing countries. However, the [...]

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Senate Judges Controversy Hits Boiling Point

Update 5/24/05: The Senate cut a deal last night paving the way for several judge confirmations, so looks like a ceasefire is in effect. The Washington Post has a good report on it. Original Post 5/17/05: Today’s Washington Post reports that Republican and Democrat leaders have ended efforts to find a compromise over the confirmation [...]

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Powell to Resign FCC Chairmanship

“Michael K. Powell will step down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission after nearly four often-rocky years as the government’s top media and telecommunications regulator, the agency has confirmed. Powell, 41, the son of outgoing Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, informed his bureau heads this morning of his decision, which he said was [...]

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Pew survey on future of the Internet

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released The Future of the Internet, a survey of technology experts and scholars evaluating where the Internet is headed in the next ten years. The full report is available (PDF) here.

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Presidential candidates comment on technology policy

Peter Harsha has an interesting post on CRA’s Computing Research Policy weblog about CompTIA’s recent questions for the Bush and Kerry campaigns about technology policy.

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President Bush, Senator Frist name health IT group members

“A new commission to set a strategy and timeline for implementing health care IT standards is taking shape. On Friday, President Bush and Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) named the initial members of the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. The group, by November of next year, must recommend standards that will serve as the foundation [...]

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FCC’s Robert Pepper Interviewed

“[...] Robert Pepper is the FCC’s chief of policy development, which requires him to be a kind of government futurist, advising Chairman Michael Powell on which regulations are wise and which would be harmful. He’s also co-chairman of the FCC’s Internet Policy Working Group. Previously, Pepper directed the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies. [...]

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Putnam to leave Government Reform for Rules Committee

“Rep. Adam Putnam [R-FL], the force behind much of Congress’ oversight of federal IT during the last two years, is moving from the House Government Reform Committee to the Rules Committee effective today. Putnam will take the place of Rep. Porter J. Goss, another Florida Republican, who left the committee and his Hill office last [...]

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The Call Is Cheap. The Wiretap Is Extra.

“At first glance, it might seem like the simple extension of a standard tool in the fight against the bad guys. But in fact, wiretapping Internet phones to monitor criminals and terrorists is costly and complex, and potentially a big burden on new businesses trying to sell the phone service. Earlier this month, the Federal [...]

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ICANNot Pay Those Dues

“Seventy-five registrars from around the world have banded together to protest the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number’s (ICANN) proposed 2004-2005 budget, which significantly raises the yearly fee for registrars regardless of size. SOURCE:

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CSTB Names New Co-Chairs

“CSTB is pleased to announce the appointment of David Liddle, of US Venture Partners, and Jeannette Wing, of Carnegie Mellon University, to be Co-Chairs of the Board. [...] Outgoing Chair David D. Clark, of MIT, will participate as a Member Emeritus. ” SOURCE: CSTB

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