Monthly Archives: May 2006

Innovation Legislation Moves Forward

Last week the Senate Commerce Committee passed its approach to bolstering U.S. competitiveness by authorizing more funding for research programs at the National Science Foundation, among other things. This is one of the many bills floating around to address this issue. Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association has good coverage of the markup including [...]

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Commerce Department Shelves “Deemed Export” Proposal

Update:: The Department of Commerce has released the formal Federal Register notice of its proposal to form an advisory committee. Original Post 5/22/06: Last year, the Department of Commerce (followed by the Department of Defense) proposed broad new restrictions on foreign students access to potentially sensitive technology. USACM filed comments on both the proposals (Commerce, [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 22

Sorry about the delay in posting this week’s “happenings.” This is one of those busy weeks where I didn’t get to this until Tuesday morning. May 23 Hearing: The Liabilities Driving Better Data Protection Practices House Small Business Committee, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn Bldg. May 25 Hearing: Second hearing [...]

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VA Department Loses Personal Information On 26.5 Million Vets

Many privacy advocates dubbed 2005, “The Year of Data Breach.” Perhaps the term should be amended to “the years” or even “decade” with yet another announcement of a massive loss of data. This time a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee took a laptop home, which was then stolen, that had personal information (including social [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 15

May 16 Hearings: Markup of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006 (S. 2802) Senate Commerce Committee 2:30 PM, Senate Dirksen 562 This was moved to Thursday. Proposed Legislation on Music Licensing Reform in the Digital Age House Judiciary — Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property 4 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Bldg. Events: [...]

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Computer Scientists Warn Significant Security Vulnerability Exists In E-Voting Machines

With so much happening in the technology and technology policy fields, it is a rare day that computer experts focus on one particular issue. So it seems pretty significant that several blogs and news reports with quotes from well-respected computer scientists are focusing on a new report by Harri Hursti for blackboxvoting.org outlining several new [...]

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NSA Building Massive Database Of Domestic Calls, Senate Judiciary To Hold Hearings

In the wake of today’s USA Today story shedding new light on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Terrorist Surveillance Program, CQ.com (sub. required) is reporting that the Senate Judiciary Committee will call representatives of three major telephone companies to testify before the panel.

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 8

Last week, I started an experimental service on the blog by posting some of the upcoming hearings on Capitol Hill and events in the D.C. area. Below are this week’s happenings and here is last week’s post outlining the caveats to these posts. May 10 Social Security Numbers in Commerce: Reconciling Beneficial Uses with Threats [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 10.4 (May 5, 2006)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Computing Community Express Concern Over Budget [3] USACM Calls on Congress to Protect Patients Privacy Rights [4] “Net Neutrality” Amendment Defeated [5] Key Lawmaker Floats DMCA Expansion [6] Conference Highlights DMCA Divisions [7] California Voter Registration Database Rejecting Voters [8] Upcoming Events [9] About USACM

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Tech Happenings, Week of May 1

I’m experimenting with a new service on the blog by posting some of the top hearings in Congress on the tech policy front. My hope is that people will be able to use it to follow issues and hearings on the some of the tech policy topics that are of interest to them. It should [...]

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Conference Highlights DMCA Divisions

Update 5/1/06: Ed Felten posted a response on his blog to the claim by a DMCA proponent (below) that the ligitation he faced was a “happy ending” because he was able to present his paper. Original Post 4/27/06: This post was supposed to cover two different stories on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), but [...]

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ACM President Sees Need for Policies That Attract Students to Technology

Update 5/1/06: Sorry for the delay in posting this link as it slipped my mind, but last week’s Business Week did a news analysis good titled A Red Flag In The Brain Game piece on ACM’s ICPC. It discusses why this contest should be a wake up call to the U.S. generally (policymakers, industry and [...]

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