Monthly Archives: June 2006

House Fully Funds President’s Science Initiative

Earlier this week the House of Representatives passed legislation to fully fund the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative. CRA’s blog has all the details. With passage of the bill the House is on record supporting an 8 percent increase for the National Science Foundation, and a 14 percent increase to the National Institute of Standards and [...]

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House Hearing on Audio and Video Flags

Yesterday the Telecommunications and the Internet subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing – “The Audio and Video Flags: Can Content Protection and Technological Innovation Coexist?” There were two panels of witnesses: Panel One Mr. Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Recording Industry Association of America Mr. Andrew W. Levin, [...]

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Blogging from Snowbird : The Image of Computing

I’m at the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) biannual biennal Snowbird conference that brings together the leaders of the computer science (CS) community. Yesterday’s opening session was a great overview of funding issues by Ed Lazowska. If you’ve been reading CRA’s blog for the past year, you’ve heard most of his talk. His main point was [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 26

June 26 Markup: House Rules Committee will consider floor debate rules for bills including the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill. 5:00 p.m., H-313, Capitol Event: Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) will speak at the opening of the first IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) training center in the United States. 10:00 a.m., Command Information, America’s IPv6 Training Center, 13655 [...]

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USACM Chair, Eugene Spafford, Calls for More Accountability at the VA

Testifying before Congress about the recent databreach at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department, Eugene Spafford (Spaf) argued that this breach was a policy problem rather than technology one. (His full testimony can be found here.) Noting that government, industry and academia all have systemic problems with how accountability is built into information security policies, two [...]

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USACM Releases Privacy Policy Recommendations

With security breaches revealing millions of personal records, new surveillance programs being adopted by law enforcement, calls for data to be retained longer by Internet Service Providers, the role of privacy and technology is very much on the minds of policymakers. The most common refrain from advocates is for Congress to enact a comprehensive privacy [...]

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Flagging the Senate Telecommunications Bill

Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has unveiled his proposal for reforming the Telecommunications Act of 1996. (He plans to take the bill up in committee on Thursday of this week.) The bill tackles a broad range of issues including universal service, video franchising, wireless networks, digital television and more. This [...]

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Blue Collar Computing

The name refers to a program at the Ohio Supercomputer Center that seeks to connect industries that lack the time or resources with high-performance computing (HPC) software, technology and expertise. They seek to lower barriers to entry for firms and industries that can benefit from HPC. This program has inspired Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) to [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 19

June 19 Briefing: Sen. Mike Dewine (R-Ohio), has introduced the Blue Collar Computing and Assistance Act of 2006, and will discuss the legislation. The briefing also details recent advances in high performance computing in the State of Ohio’s Blue Collar Computing Program. 12:30 p.m. B-354 Rayburn Building June 20 Hearing: Oversight Hearing on Veterans Benefit [...]

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Computing Community Leaders Praise House Appropriators for Increasing Research Funding to Aid Competitiveness

USACM and the Computing Research Association released the following joint statement regarding Congress’ support of increased research funding: Association for Computing Machinery Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession Contacts: Peter HarshaComputing Research Association (202) 202-234-2111×106 harsha@cra.org Cameron WilsonAssociation for Computing Machinery (202) 659-9712 cameron.wilson@acm.org Washington, DC — Leaders of the Computing Research Association (CRA) [...]

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House Subcommittee Approves Substantial Increase for the National Science Foundation

Update: USACM and the Computing Research Association released a joint statement regarding Congress’ support of increased research funding. The release can be found here. This morning the Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee passed its proposal for funding several key science agencies during the next fiscal year. The numbers for the National Science Foundation [...]

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David Bruggeman Joins Policy Office

Please join me in welcoming David Bruggeman to the ACM policy staff. David joins ACM as our Public Policy Analyst, where he will be working on a wide range of technology policy issues. He is currently working on his Ph.D in Science and Technology Studies (with a concentration in Politics and Policy) at Virginia Tech. [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 10.5 (June 6, 2006)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Commerce Department Shelves “Deemed Export” Proposal [3] Computer Scientists Find Significant New Security Vulnerabilities In E-voting Machines [4] VA Department Loses Personal Information On 26.5 Million Vets [5] NSA Building Massive Database Of Domestic Calls [6] Innovation Bills on the Move in the Senate, House Not Far Behind [7] About [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 5

June 7 Markup: House Science Committee will markup three “innovation” bills (among others): HR 5356, Early Career Research Act of 2006 HR 5357, Research for Competitiveness Act of 2006 HR 5358, Science and Mathematics Education for Competitiveness Act of 2006 2:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. 2167 Rayburn Bldg. June 8 Briefing: Internet Caucus Advisory Committee “Net [...]

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