Monthly Archives: March 2008

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 31

Congress has returned from recess, so there are some hearings worth noting. Update: House Administration markup of voting legislation scheduled for April 2 April 1 Hearing: The Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the future of science and technology at the Department [...]

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Rod Beckstrom tapped to run the new National Cyber Security Center

It appears that the Administration will take its first public step toward implementing the classified Cyber Initiative President Bush issued this January. According to the Washington Post, Rod Beckström, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has been chosen to run the new National Cyber Security Center. Beckström is most recognized for his involvement as co-founder and chairman [...]

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Call for Proposals: Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference

The call for panel and speaker proposals has been issued for the 2008 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference, which is on May 20-23 in New Haven, CT. More information can be found on the conference’s website. Below is the formal notice. Note the short deadline of March 21 for proposal submissions.

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’08 Tech Policy Outlook: Electronic Employment Verification Systems

Part of the immigration battles last summer was a proposal to expand what was then called the Basic Pilot program into a nationwide system of confirming a person’s employment eligibility online. For such an Electronic Employment Verification System (EEVS) to work effectively on a nationwide basis, it would have to confirm employment documents of approximately [...]

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Intellectual Property Bill Moves in Congress

Late last week there was movement on intellectual property legislation, HR 4279. The bill was introduced last December and was recently approved by a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee to move to the full committee. The full text of the bill and other information is available through THOMAS. The bill focuses on enforcement of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 10

The Fiscal Year 2009 budget is the focus on many hearings this week, including some of those we highlight below. March 11 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Innovation of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2009 budget for basic research in science and [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 12.3 (March 5, 2008)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Final Report on Florida 13th Election Contest [3] ACM to Cosponsor Tribute to Jim Gray [4] USACM Comments on Newly Proposed E-voting Legislation [5] FY 09 Proposed Budget Increases for Research and Cyber Security [6] 08 Tech. Policy Outlook: Filtering Reality [7] 08 Tech. Policy Outlook: Health Privacy and Health [...]

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USACM Chair Interviewed about Electronic Voting

Last night on the Chicago Fox affiliate, USACM Chair Eugene Spafford was interviewed as part of a story on the State of Illinois’ progress – or lack thereof – in complying with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). You can watch the story online. Dr. Spafford appears near the end of the piece. The Illinois [...]

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