Monthly Archives: July 2004

USACM Voices Reservations About Induce Act (S. 2560)

In advance of today’s hearing on the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 (S. 2560), USACM sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch expressing reservations about the legislation and offering to provide input on its development. In the letter, USACM cautions that the legislation’s flawed approach of restricting technology rather than [...]

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CRA Holds Snowbird Conference

The Computing Research Association (CRA) held it biennial conference in Snowbird, Utah, recently. Running from July 11-13, the conference brought together the chairs of Ph.D.-granting departments of computer science and computer engineering, as well as leaders from U.S. industrial and government computing research laboratories. A number of other senior people from research groups, government, academia, [...]

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No Where To Hide

“[...] Your information is out there. And thanks to database technology that has become ever more pervasive, it can be aggregated and collated and turned into a startlingly comprehensive dossier on you in the blink of an eye. Okay, so maybe you should be a little worried. [...] Here’s where you may be surprised: There [...]

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Patriot Act Amendment Fails

“WASHINGTON, July 8 – Following is the 210-210 roll-call vote Thursday by which the House rejected an amendment preventing the authorities from using the Patriot Act to acquire records from libraries, bookstores and other businesses. [...]” SOURCE: NY Times

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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: Internetnews.com

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Feds Weigh Role in Net Telephony

“As Congress braces for a comprehensive overhaul of the 1996 Telecommunications Act next year, a House subcommittee on Wednesday debated whether it should first warm up its legislative chops on voice-over-IP telephony services. [...] At issue is whether Congress should pre-empt state regulation of VOIP and, if so, how the federal government can devise safeguards [...]

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Federal court upholds Calif. e-voting ban

“[...] A federal judge today upheld California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley’s April 30 directive that decertified touch-screen voting machines and withheld future certification until vendors of those systems could meet specific security requirements, including voter-verifiable paper audit trails (VVPAT).” SOURCE: ComputerWorld

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Cert suggests firms exit IE

“Internet Explorer is a hazard in itself, according to the US security advisory body [...] Companies may have to make big changes to their desktop and web site strategies after US government security body Cert last week advised users to consider abandoning Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser. The advice followed the discovery of a new [...]

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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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ACM Member Opinion Poll

Should computer-based electronic voting systems provide a physical record so voters can inspect permanent records of their ballots before they are cast and so meaningful recounts may be conducted? Find out more and give your opinion. To learn more about USACM concerns and activities concerning this issue, see our evoting web page.

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Child Protection Law Suffers Another Setback

“WASHINGTON — A narrowly divided Supreme Court ruled this week that a law meant to protect children from pornography online probably is an unconstitutional violation of free speech. By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld an appeals court injunction against the Child Online Protection Act, which would criminalize the unrestricted display of “content harmful to [...]

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Appeals court throws out ISP snooping case

“A federal appeals court dismissed a case against an e-mail provider who allegedly violated federal wiretapping laws by reading messages meant for customers, a decision critics say could make it easier for police to seek permission to tap Net phone calls.” SOURCE: C|Net

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ACM Washington Update Vol. 8.6 (June 30, 2004)

CONTENTS [1] USACM Recommends Changes to the DMCA to Permit Research and Discussion [2] USACM Creates Privacy Subcommittee (and Other Developments) [3] Evoting Continues to Stir Controversy [4] Voice Over Internet Protocol Becoming a Global Policy Issue [5] Cicerone Nominated to be National Academy of Sciences President [6] Peace Corps Looking for Volunteers with IT [...]

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