Monthly Archives: September 2009

Data Breach and P2P Bills Pass House Committee

The House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up two bills this morning addressing concerns over the use of consumers’ personal information and the potential exposure of that data through the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs. The Data Accountability and Trust Act (H.R. 2221) has gone through this committee in previous years, with almost the exact [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 28

September 30 Hearing: The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on cyberbullying and other safety issues. 3 p.m. 2141 Rayburn Building UPDATE: Markup added Markup: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will markup the Data Accountability and Trust Act and proposed peer-to-peer legislation. 10 a.m., 2123 [...]

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CS Education in the States

If you’ve read a recent piece I co-wrote in Communications of the ACM (membership required), you know that the States largely drive education decisions in the US. Because of this, our community has to play “wack-a-mole” when we hear about issues that pop up in the fifty states affecting computer science education. Luckily, the Computer [...]

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FCC Will Tackle Net Neutrality

Earlier this week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intention to establish an expanded definition of net neutrality to “safeguard the free and open Internet.” Starting next month the Commission will start a rule-making process to codify the four net neutrality principles that currently guide its decisions on this issue, and add two [...]

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Committee Considers Changes to Cybersecurity Research and Development

This morning the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee met to mark up legislation that would amend the Cyber Security Research and Development Act. Much of the bill will simply extend authorized budget amounts for various research programs related to cybersecurity, but the bill will make some changes to [...]

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USACM Looks Back at FY 2009

The ACM’s Policy Office staff and USACM’s leadership have compiled USACM’s annual report for the past fiscal year – 2009 (which ended June 30). This year’s report contains descriptions of USACM’s work on advancing computer science education and innovation, electronic voting, privacy, and security. The report details testimonies given by our members as well as [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 21

September 21 Presentation: The DC Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and the New America Foundation host a discussion with Prof. Jonathan Lazar on human-computer interaction research and public policy. 7:30 p.m., 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. September 23 Markup: The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 21

September 21 Presentation: The DC Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and the New America Foundation host a discussion with Prof. Jonathan Lazar on human-computer interaction research and public policy. 7:30 p.m., 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. September 23 Markup: The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – September 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 9)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the September issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 14

September 14 Hearing: The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on cyberattacks and industry. 10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building September 15 Meeting: The Health Information Technology Standards Committee will hold a meeting. 9 a.m., Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW Washington, DC (also available online) September 18 Meeting: The [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.7 (September 9, 2009)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] ACM Urges That Education Funding Include Computer Science [3] USACM Comments on Government Web Tracking Policies [4] USACM Reacts to Representative Holt’s Electronic Voting Legislation [5] Federal Communications Commission to Redefine Broadband [6] Progress Inches Forward in Health IT [7] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions of Washington [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 7

Congress has returned from its August recess. September 10 Meeting: The Consumer Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission will meet to discuss the National Broadband Plan 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 445 12th St, S.W. Room TW-C305, Washington, D.C. (also webcast) Hearing: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on competition in digital books. 10 [...]

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Lecture on Human-Computer Interaction and Public Policy

Event Date: September 21, 2009 The Washington DC Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, with support from the New America Foundation, will hold a lecture on “Current issues in Human-Computer Interaction and Public Policy”. Speaker Dr. Jonathan Lazar, professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Townson University, will describe how government [...]

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Putting Computing in Education’s Core

The Association for Computing Machinery recently submitted comments (PDF) on the Race to the Top Fund, an Education Department program set up to address some of its obligations under the economic stimulus legislation. The Fund is intended to reward schools and their districts that have achieved innovation and reform in the following areas: implementing standards [...]

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