Monthly Archives: February 2007

Chronicle Prints USACM Response to E-voting Brouhaha

Last month the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story (subscription required) about the unique relationship the State of Georgia has with Kennesaw State University. The State contracts with KSU to assist with all of Georgia’s e-voting machines, including inspection, ballot databases and training of poll workers. The article generated quite a bit of controversy [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 26

Updated: Several additional appropriations hearings. February 28 Markup: The House Science and Technology Committee will markup pending legislation, including a revision to the High Performance Computing Act and a competitiveness bill. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building Hearing: The Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing [...]

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Sarasota Audit Report Complete

The State of Florida has released its audit report for the contested election in Sarasota County. You can see the report from the state and the report from the SAIT lab at Florida State University online, along with the Secretary of State’s statement. Regular readers know we have posted on this subject before. And while [...]

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Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century

That is the name of an advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce. Its objective is to make recommendations for new and revised metrics to better capture innovative activity. We posted about this group in December, shortly after it was formed. They held their first meeting February 22 in Washington, D.C. The agenda, members, and [...]

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Frances E. Allen Wins ACM’s Turing Award; First Woman To Win

ACM has named former IBM researcher as the winner of this year’s Turing Award — the “Nobel Prize in Computing.” Dr. Allen, known for her award-winning work in program optimization, is the first woman to receive the award. From today’s LA Times story: “When Allen receives the award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, at [...]

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New Offshoring Report, Same Response: Innovation is Critical

The Brookings Institution (a well-respected Washington D.C. think tank) just released a report exploring how offshoring impacts local economies in the U.S. and how public policy should respond. Unfortunately, The San Jose Mercury News wrote a story about how the study predicts that Silicon Valley will lose one out of every five computing jobs over [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 12

February 14 Hearing: The House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal year 2008 budget for science research and development. 10:00 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the budget and strategic agenda [...]

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Election Reform Picks Up Steam

Election reform was an active issue during the past ten days. Legislation was introduced, a hearing held on electronic voting, and the Election Assistance Commission decided to implement its full testing and certification program for voting systems in early March. Two pieces of electronic voting legislation have been introduced in the House. HR 756, the [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Volume 11.1, February 7, 2007

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] 110th Congress: Congress Boosts Research Funding; ACM Joins Computing Community in Urging Action on Funding [3] 110th Congress: Science Committee Gets a New Look; Technology Policy a Priority [4] USACM Advises Feds to Adopt Comprehensive ID Theft Prevention Measures [5] Q&A with USACM Chair Spafford on E-voting [6] Electronic Voting [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 5

February 7 Hearing: The Senate Rules Committee will hold a hearing on The Hazards of Electronic Voting: Focus on the Machinery of Democracy. 10 a.m., 301 Russell Building February 8 Meeting: The Election Assistance Commission will hold a meeting covering its certification program, research on voter identification and the EAC audit process. 10 a.m., 1225 [...]

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