Monthly Archives: September 2008

Please Participate in Privacy Survey

An important part of crafting useful privacy policies is being informed by the best research available. To that end, organizations like The Privacy Place have focused on researching privacy questions and providing that information to the public. It’s a research center, and its work is sponsored in part by North Carolina State University and the [...]

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Pre-Election Legislating: A Mixed Bag

While most attention is focused on the economic bailout proposals debated in Congress, other legislative activity is worth noting. Congress is supposed to break later this week for a campaign-related recess. It is unclear whether a post-election legislative session will be called. It was not following the 2006 elections, which resulted in a shift in [...]

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Bill Boosting Cybercrime Prosecution Passes House

A bill awaits Presidential signature that would strengthen prosecution and penalties for identity theft and other cybercrimes. Tucked into another bill (HR 5938) that extends Secret Service protection for former vice presidents, it should become law soon. This bill will institute federal civil and criminal penalties for various cybercrimes, including cyberextortion and conspiracy to commit [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 22

September 24 Hearing: The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on information technology cooperation between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 9:30 a.m., 418 Russell Building Joint Hearing: The Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration and the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the House [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 15

Update: September 18 hearing just changed from closed to open, so I’ve added it here. September 16 Hearing: The Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity in the next administration. 2 p.m., 311 Cannon Building September 18 Hearing: The House Select Intelligence [...]

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GAO Criticizes Certification Program for Voting Testing Labs

In a recently released report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticized the voting system testing lab accreditation program administered by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). You can read the report online. The voting system testing lab accreditation program is intended to certify the processes [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 8

September 11 Hearing: The Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity and the electric grid. 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 12.8 (September 4, 2008)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM-EC Member Will Speak on Electronic Voting [3] New Primer on IT Workforce Based on ACM Work [4] Online Activity Tracked Without Explicit Consent [5] Voting Machine Vendor Admits Problem with Its Software [6] Column: Science Policy Isn’t Always about Science [7] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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Primer on IT Workforce Issues

In June, ACM, along with CRA and the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), hosted a roundtable discussion with government affairs officials from some of the top IT companies (Microsoft, Cisco, HP, Google, etc.). The goal was to give them perspective on workforce issues that the professional computing organizations find while working within [...]

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