Monthly Archives: December 2004

ACM Washington Update Vol. 8.12 (December 31, 2004)

CONTENTS [1] ACM Job Migration Task Force Meets in D.C. [2] U.S. Supreme Court to Consider P2P Case [3] Intelligence Reform Legislation Becomes Law [4] European Union Policy Developments [5] Upcoming Events [6] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions of Washington Update is available here.]

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New National Academies’ RFID report

CSTB’s Committee on Radio Frequency Identification Technologies recently issued its report of a workshop that explored RFID technology and related technical and policy issues. The report summarizes discussions by panelists and participants at the workshop. SOURCE: CSTB

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Single Government ID Moves Closer to Reality

“Federal officials are developing government-wide identification card standards for federal employees and contractors to prevent terrorists, criminals and other unauthorized people from getting into government buildings and computer systems. The effort, known as the Personal Identity Verification Project, stems from a homeland security-related presidential directive and is being managed by the National Institute of Standards [...]

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Why The Grokster Case Matters

” For years, the music and film industries have fought a Sisyphean battle against piracy. Companies estimate that online thieves download 2.6 billion illegal music files and some 12 million movies every month, costing them millions of dollars a year. On Dec. 10 the media bigs landed a rare win: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed [...]

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ACM Job Migration Task Force Meets in D.C.

ACM’s Job Migration Task Force held a meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Among others, the Task Force heard presentations from representatives of the Institute for International Economics, the Cato Institute, the Economic Policy Institute, and the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO). The group, co-chaired by Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University) and Frank Mayadas [...]

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High Court To Weigh File Sharing

“The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear the entertainment industry’s case against two Internet-based file-sharing services through which millions of people swap music and movies online, a decision that sets up a potentially decisive digital-age battle over copyright-infringement rules. The court said it would rule on an appeal by movie and record companies, headed by [...]

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CSIA’s Twelve Steps to Improve Cyber Security

“Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), the only CEO-led public policy and advocacy group exclusively focused on cyber security policy, today called on federal agencies and the Bush administration to strengthen the cyber infrastructure and protect end users from cyber attacks. CSIA urges the White House to ensure federal agencies follow through on the President’s National [...]

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Florida E-Vote Study Debunked

“A study by Berkeley grad students and a professor showing anomalies with electronic-voting machines in Florida has been debunked by numerous academics who say the students used a faulty equation to reach their results and should never have released the study before getting it peer-reviewed. The study, released three weeks ago [covered here] by seven [...]

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Australia concerned with copyright language in U.S. trade deal

“The passage of the US Free Trade Agreement enabling legislation has been thrown into doubt after [Australia's] government agreed to an 11th hour review of key concerns outlined by the Internet Industry Association (IIA). [...] While the purpose of the legislation was to “harmonise” Australian copyright law with that of the US, the IIA believes [...]

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The Cost of Congressional Caprice

“The pork-stuffed omnibus spending bill that Congress rushed to passage without reading largely remains a $388 billion national secret. [...] Nowhere is this more graphic than in the shocking cut that Congress levied on the National Science Foundation, the research dynamo that does so much to feed the nation’s economic growth through breakthrough advances in [...]

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Forecast: Half of U.S. IT operations jobs to vanish in 20 years

“In an eyebrow-raising forecast, Gartner Inc. researchers said they believe that as many as 50% of the IT operational jobs in the U.S. could disappear over the next two decades because of improvements in data center technologies. Donna Scott, a Gartner analyst, said IT workers face a situation similar to that in the manufacturing field, [...]

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ACM Washington Update Vol. 8.11 (November 30, 2004)

CONTENTS [1] Election Over, Concerns with E-Voting Linger [2] Congress Increases NIST Labs Funding for FY 2005 [3] FCC Claims Jurisdiction over VoIP Regulation [4] TSA to Test New System with U.S. Airline Passenger Data [5] U.N. Working Group on Internet Governance Meets [6] Upcoming Events [7] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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