Monthly Archives: November 2005

USACM writes to policymakers in Virginia on e-voting

Yesterday, USACM sent a letter to Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo, chair of the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Certification, Performance, and Deployment of Voting Equipment, regarding the issue of voter-verified paper records and electronic voting machines. The subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Monday, November 21, 2005, to address the issue (an agenda for [...]

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Tech Issues Flood The Hill This Week

It’s November and Congress is supposed to be long gone, but finalizing this year’s budget remains a key sticking point. While trying to strike a deal, they are looking into a host of other things. There is a bit too much going on for us to analyze right now, so we thought we would post [...]

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IT heavyweight joins push for preemptive federal privacy legislation

Recently, Microsoft added its voice to those calling for uniform federal privacy legislation that preempts individual state laws. Brad Smith, a senior VP and general counsel for the company, made the announcement at a recent Congressional Internet Caucus gathering: Over the past few years … several factors have altered the privacy landscape in such a [...]

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Turing Award Winners Honored Again, Win Nation’s Highest Civilian Award

Update 11/9/05: The White House announced that it will host an online chat with Cerf and Kahn today at 4:00 EST. If you follow the link you can submit questions right now! Yesterday the White House announced that Bob Kahn and Vinton Cerf are being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their pioneering work [...]

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Budget Endgame: Closing a $330 Billion Gap

“Katrina changed everything” is almost a trite saying in DC now, but even unoriginal sayings can be true. Before Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma slammed into the U.S., the federal budget environment was bad but improving. Now intraparty politics have pushed the GOP to negotiate among themselves on deep budget cuts over the next five [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 9.10 (October 31, 2005)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Chair Warns Against Underfunding Cybersecurity Research [3] USACM and Others Criticize DoD Export Proposal [4] Data Security Legislation Moving Forward in Congress [5] U.S. Passports to Get RFID Chips [6] U.S. Resisting U.N. Pressure on Internet Governance [7] Events in November [8] About USACM [An archive of all previous [...]

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