Monthly Archives: August 2005

Department of Commerce gets an earful on proposed export rule changes

At around 84 megabytes, the PDF file containing the largely negative response to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS’s) recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding proposed changes to U.S. deemed export regulations is one hefty document. It contains the comments of over 300 respondents — universities, researchers, scientists, medical organizations, [...]

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Turing Award Winners Cerf and Kahn Dicuss Internet’s Impact

Update:: The archived webcast can be found here. At 6:00 p.m. (EDT) today Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn will give a lecture titled “Assessing the Internet: Lessons Learned, Strategies for Evolution, and Future Possibilities.” The lecture will be webcast. The Turing Lecture provides a forum for learning what lessons emerged from award winner’s research, what [...]

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Is the U.S. creating a hostile environment for foreign researchers?

The NY Times yesterday ran a troubling article about the visa problems of a Chinese cryptographer who was unable to present an important paper detailing her research on SHA-1 at this week’s Crypto 2005 conference: On Monday, [Xiaoyun Wang] was scheduled to explain her discovery in a keynote address to an international group of researchers [...]

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States balk at Real ID Act’s price tag

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on the feelings of some state lawmakers (who are gathering this week for a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures) regarding the impending implementation of the Real ID Act. The crux of the issue for many state lawmakers is just who should pay the act’s costs: [State leaders at [...]

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Q&A with 2004 Turing Award Winner Bob Kahn

This past weekend CSPAN hosted a good Q&A session (click here for Real audio or transcript) with Bob Kahn. He gave a useful overview of his and Vinton Cerf’s thinking and work in developing TCP/IP, the federal government’s visionary role in funding their research, and some of the issues the Internet faces. Bob Kahn and [...]

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California bill would limit state’s use of RFID in identification cards

With things relatively quiet in Washington just now (it is August, after all), we have a chance to take a closer look at an interesting law that is pending in the California legislature: S.B. 682, Senator Simitian’s “Identity Information Protection Act.” The bill has two main purposes: 1. Prohibit the inclusion of “contactless integrated circuit” [...]

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USACM looks back at FY2005

Now that it’s August — typically a relatively quiet time in Washington and policy circles (and a time where our blog posts will be light) — it seems like a good point for a bit of reflection. To that end, we’d like to point out that USACM has just released its annual report for fiscal [...]

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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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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 9.7 (July 31, 2005)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Picture of Data Security/Privacy Legislation Getting Clearer [3] The Grokster Decision: Lawyers Debate Inducement; Senators Come Down Hard on the Technology Industry [4] Turing Award Winner Blasts Current State of Federal R&D Funding [5] Pentagon Proposes New Restrictions on Research [6] Congress moves to Bolster Math and Science Programs [7] [...]

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