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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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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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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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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 13

April 14 Markup: The House Homeland Security Committee will markup legislation. Scheduled for this session is H.R. 1731, The National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015. 11 a.m., 311 Cannon Office Building Hearing: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on HR 9, The Innovation Act, which would address patent reform. 2 p.m., 2141 [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 23

(March 25, edited to add new House Intelligence Committee markup on March 26) March 24 Hearing: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on “Continuing America’s Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients.” 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Building The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 16

March 17 Hearing: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on “FCC: Process and Transparency.” 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Building The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on “America’s Health IT Transformation: Translating the Promise of Electronic Health Records Into Better Care.” 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 9

The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on the nominations of Michelle Lee to be the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Daniel Marti as the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. March 11 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “Three Years Later: Are We Any [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 2

March 3 Markup: The House Judiciary Committee will markup legislation, and H.R. 1147, The Legal Workforce Act, is scheduled for review. This bill covers the expansion of mandatory electronic employment eligibility verification systems.  (Markup will continue on March 4.) 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building Hearing: The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 23

February 25 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance.” 10 a.m., 253 Russell Building The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Uncertain Future of the Internet.” 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 9

February 11: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things.” 10 a.m., 253 Russell Building February 12: The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the House Education and Workforce Committee will hold a hearing called “How Emerging Technology Affects Student [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 2

Today the President released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.  Congressional committees will hold hearings over the next several days to review portions of that budget. February 4 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Framework.” 10 [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 26

January 27 Conference: The 2015 State of the Net Conference takes place. 8 a.m., The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Hearing: The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on “What Are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation”. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building The Senate Finance [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 20

January 20 President Obama will give his State of the Union address. 9 p.m., Capitol Building January 21 Hearing: The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on net neutrality. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of December 1

December 1 The Supreme Court hears arguments on a case involving when (and/or if) online comments could be considered as a threat for the purposes of criminal prosecution. Supreme Court Building December 3 Hearing: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. 9:30 [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 17

November 18 Hearing: The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on information security at the Veterans’ Administration 1:30 p.m.,  334 Cannon Building November 19 Hearing: The Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on data security at the Postal Service. [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 8

Congress has returned from recess, so hearings have resumed. September 9 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology [...]

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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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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 14

July 15 Hearing: The Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on botnets and associated criminal networks. 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Building July 16 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on the future of the video marketplace, with an emphasis on the impact [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 30

July 1 Field Hearing: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing on Internet rules to foster competition. 10 a.m., Davis Center at the University of Vermont 590 Main St., Burlington, Vermont

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 2

June 4 The Privacy, Technology and the Law subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a location privacy bill. 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Building June 5 The Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the Internet Protocol transition. 10:30 [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 19

May 21 Hearing: The Counterterroism and Intelligence Subcommittee and the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on cyber threats. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon Building Markup: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will review pending legislation, including an authorization bill for the National Science [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 12

May 14 Hearing: The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on elections data. 9:30 a.m., 301 Russell Building May 15 Hearing: The Investigations Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing about the hazards of online advertising. 9:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 24

March 26 Hearing: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on public-private partnerships in cybersecurity. 10 a.m.,  342 Dirksen Building The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on consumer data protection. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 10

March 12 Hearing: The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on election administration 9:45 a.m., 301 Russell Building The Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on information technology and cyber operations. 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn Building

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 3

February 4 Hearing: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on data breaches and cybercrime. 10:15 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building February 5 The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on consumer data breaches. 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building Markup: The House Homeland Security Committee [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 27

January 28 Hearing: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the security of the HealthCare.gov website. 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Building The Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on copyright and fair use. 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 13

January 14 – Edited to reflect new hearing and new hearing time on January 16 Original Post – January 13 January 14 Hearing: The Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the scope of copyright protection. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building The Senate Homeland Security [...]

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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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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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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 18

November 19 Hearing: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the data security of the Healthcare.gov website. 1o a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building The Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on regulation of medical apps and health software. 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building The [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 11

November 12 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on multiple nominees, including the Associate Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. 5:40 p.m., S-216 Capitol Building November 13 The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the information security of the HealthCare.gov [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 4

November 4 Meeting: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is meeting to discuss national security surveillance programs (the meeting was originally scheduled for October 4).  USACM Chair Eugene Spafford will appear before the Board in the afternoon. 9:15-4:15 Mayflower Hotel,  1127 Connecticut Avenue N.W. November 6 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee [...]

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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 28

October 29 Markup: (Rescheduled from October 24) The House Homeland Security Committee will review pending legislation, including H.R. 3107, the Cybersecurity Boots-On-The-Ground Act.  This bill would (as currently written) require certain classifications and assessments of the federal cybersecurity workforce. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon Building October 30 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings Week of September 30

October 3 – ETA I was optimistic that all of the scheduled activities for this week would proceed as intended. The October 2 hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee, and the markup session of the House Homeland Security Committee were postponed. The October 4 meeting of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 16

September 18 Markup: The Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will review two bills related to cybersecurity. September 19 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold confirmation hearings for Jo Handelsman (Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy/OSTP), Robert Simon (Associate Director [...]

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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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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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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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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 29

July 30 Markup: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will review pending legislation. Scheduled for consideration is a new cybersecurity bill introduced last week. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 22

July 23 Hearing: The Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity and Asia. 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn Building July 24 The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on health care and information technology. 10:30 a.m., 215 Dirksen Building July 25 The Government Operations Subcommittee [...]

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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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