Monthly Archives: November 2004

Congress Trims Money for Science Agency

“Congress has cut the budget for the National Science Foundation, an engine for research in science and technology, just two years after endorsing a plan to double the amount given to the agency. [...] Representative Vernon J. Ehlers, Republican of Michigan, said the cut was “extremely short-sighted” and showed “dangerous disregard for our nation’s future.” [...]

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More on FY 2005 appropriations and NIST funding

Peter Harsha has written an excellent “roundup” of FY 2005 Federal appropriations following Congress’ recent work on the omnibus bill, including the following update on funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) labs: [...] NIST Labs: The Labs faced a dire funding situation as a result of last year’s omnibus appropriation, but [...]

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More funding needed for security R&D, IT committee says

“The government has shortchanged basic research into cybersecurity and should at least quadruple the money available for civilian research, the President’s IT Advisory Committee says. The government plays a key role in supplying the intellectual capital to improve the security of IT systems, said F. Thomas Leighton, chairman of the PITAC subcommittee on cybersecurity. “The [...]

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US Register of Copyrights comments on database protection, Induce Act, IPPA and more

“[...] Marybeth Peters, the U.S. register of copyrights, told a conference here [in Chicago] that the so-called Induce Act would not be part of the slew of legislation–including key spending measures–that Congress is expected to vote on before leaving for next week’s Thanksgiving holiday. “I don’t think you’ll ever see database protection,” said Peters, who [...]

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Researchers: Florida Vote Fishy

“Electronic voting machines in Florida may have awarded George W. Bush up to 260,000 more votes than he should have received, according to statistical analysis conducted by University of California, Berkeley graduate students and a professor, who released a study on Thursday. [...] Their aim in releasing the report, the researchers said, was not to [...]

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Ed Felten copyright lecture online

Ed Felten has made a copy of his Princeton President’s Lecture, Rip, Mix, Burn, Sue: Technology, Politics, and the Fight to Control Digital Media, available from his Freedom To Tinker web site. The lecture lasts about an hour and serves as a “layperson’s introduction to the technology/copyright wars.”

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Policymakers should enhance selection process for Presidential sci/tech appointments

“To tackle increasingly complex issues, U.S. policy-makers should ensure that both the presidential appointment process for senior science and technology posts and the process of appointing experts to federal S&T advisory committees operate more quickly and transparently, says a new report from the National Academies. Immediately after each general election, the president or president-elect should [...]

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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill

“Several lobbying camps from different industries and ideologies are joining forces to fight an overhaul of copyright law, which they say would radically shift in favor of Hollywood and the record companies and which Congress might try to push through during a lame-duck session that begins this week. The Senate might vote on HR2391, the [...]

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New program aims to help with tech worker training, networking

“A new [Oregon] program for information technology workers is aimed at helping companies from call centers to wood product mills. The program, called the Oregon Training Network and backed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the Software Association of Oregon, is developing classes to be offered in Oregon to information technology workers throughout the state. The [...]

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RFIDs to track drugs

“The Food and Drug Administration and several major drug makers are expected to announce initiatives today that will put tiny radio antennas on the labels of millions of medicine bottles to combat counterfeiting and fraud. Among the medicines that will soon be tagged are Viagra, one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world, and [...]

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NIST releases ID standard

“National Institute of Standards and Technology officials have issued a draft standard for electronically verifying the identities of federal employees and contractors. NIST officials worked quickly to develop the draft standard in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, issued Aug. 27. NIST officials released the draft standard Nov. 8 [...]” SOURCE: FCW Note: NIST [...]

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F.C.C. Takes on Oversight of Internet Phone Services

“The Federal Communications Commission seized regulatory control over Internet-based telephone services on Tuesday by issuing an order that sharply limited the role of state regulators. In a unanimous ruling, the commission said that Minnesota could not impose regulations on these services. That included a requirement that one of the leading companies in the field, Vonage, [...]

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US-VISIT making progress

“Homeland Security Department officials announced the first 50 land ports of entry to take part in the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program. US-VISIT workers use biometrics such as digital, inkless fingerprint scans and digital photographs to determine if a person applying for entry to the United States is the same person to [...]

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Panel Urges Washington to Finance Fast Computer

“A panel of leading computer scientists warned in a report [more info here] issued on Monday that unless the federal government significantly increased support for advanced research on supercomputing, the United States would be unable to retain its lead on that technological front. The panel of scientists, which was convened by the National Research Council, [...]

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Two interesting RFID articles

Roy Want has an informative article in October’s Queue: Many modern technologies give the impression they work by magic, particularly when they operate automatically and their mechanisms are invisible. A technology called RFID (radio frequency identification), which is relatively new to the mass market, has exactly this characteristic and for many people seems a lot [...]

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PITAC Focuses on Computational Science

Peter Harsha over at CRA has a good post about last week’s PITAC meeting: The President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee met “virtually” today to hear an update on the efforts of the panel’s subcommittee on computational science. Dan Reed, who does just about everything at the University of North Carolina (Chancellor’s Eminient Professor, Vice-Chancellor for [...]

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CSTB call for nominations for information fusion & data mining study

CSTB is forming a committee to investigate the technical and policy dimensions of large-scale government use of information fusion and data mining and have issued a call for nominations: For this project, a broad range of perspectives is required on the committee that will oversee this project. Individuals with expertise are sought in fields such [...]

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US law raises privacy worries

“THE South Australian Government has promised to review the access of US outsourcer EDS to information on citizens in the wake of a Canadian government report finding a “reasonable possibility” of unathorised disclosure by US outsourcers to US government agencies. A spokesman for Administrative Services Minister Michael Wright, who oversees the EDS whole-of-government outsourcing contract, [...]

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California lawmakers rip handling of data theft at university

“Four members of the California state assembly are pressuring the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS) to immediately improve its attempts to notify 1.4 million state residents that their personal information may have been stolen by hackers in August. In a letter Wednesday to Kim Belshe, secretary of the state’s Health and Human Services Agency, [...]

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AAAS panel calls for voter-system research and reform

A panel of experts convened by the AAAS on election technology and administration warned in a report recently that “the American system of voting is broadly vulnerable to error and abuse, and called for a crash-course of study and reform to make results more reliable and to promote better access by voters, especially those who [...]

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New E-voting Blog

Peter Harsha (CRA) is pointing us toward a new e-voting weblog: Computer Scientists David Dill [USACM member], Ed Felten, Joe Hall, Avi Rubin, Barbara Simons [USACM member], Adam Stubblefield, and Dan Wallach have joined forces at evoting-experts.com to post news and commentary on e-voting issues (just in time for election day). The site has only [...]

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NSA plots software center

“The National Security Agency’s top information security official disclosed plans this week for a government-funded research center devoted to improving the security of commercial software, calling the initiative a modern-day Manhattan Project. Comparing the proposed high-assurance software initiative to the famous atomic bomb research project of the 1940s, NSA’s director for information assurance, Daniel Wolf, [...]

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