Monthly Archives: April 2008

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 28

April 29 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on REAL ID and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. 9:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 21

April 22 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on “The Future of the Internet.” 10 a.m., 253 Russell Building April 23 The Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the Electronic Communications Preservation Act, HR [...]

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Holt Bill Loses House Vote, Future in Doubt

HR 5036, a bill that would provide resources for jurisdictions to purchase paper-based voting systems for the 2008 elections, was voted down in the House on Tuesday. The bill was considered under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass. It fell short, 239-178. Bill opponents criticized the cost of the bill [...]

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USACM Cautions Against Filtering

Today USACM released a letter (full text below) to Senate and House of Representatives education leaders cautioning against legislation that would promote or require universities to use filters to deal with copyright infringement on their networks. Our position is that filtering technologies are ineffective and costly in the long run because they can be foiled [...]

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National Academies Releases Interim Report on Voter Registration Databases

The Committee on State Voter Registration Databases of the National Research Council released an interim report last week. An ad hoc committee under the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and sponsored by the Election Assistance Commission, this committee is charged to identify and address issues and concerns associated with operating statewide voter registration databases. The [...]

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E-Voting Legislation Approved By House Committee

Last week the Committee on House Administration marked up HR 5036, the Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008. The bill, introduced by Representative Rush Holt (D-N.J.), would provide reimbursement for jurisdictions that would purchase paper-based voting systems for the 2008 elections. USACM commented on the legislation in a letter we sent to Rep. [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 7

April 9 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on ID cards and background checks in federal security. 2 p.m., 2247 Rayburn Building April 10 The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on identity theft. The witnesses are from [...]

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AP Computer Science is NOT Going Away

Today’s Washington Post has an article stating that the College Board, (the body that administers Advanced Placement courses) is doing away with several AP courses — including one computer science course. Reading the article, you’d likely reach the conclusion, as attested by e-mails I’ve seen this morning, that all AP computer science courses are being [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 12.4 (April 3, 2008)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Chair Interviewed About Electronic Voting for Chicago Television [3] Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference Dates Announced [4] Rod Beckstrom Appointed Cyber Security Center Director [5] 08 Tech. Policy Outlook: Electronic Employment Verification Systems [6] Intellectual Property Bill Moves in Congress [7] About USACM

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