Monthly Archives: December 2009

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – December 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 12)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the December 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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Technical Guidelines Development Committee Meets After Two Year Hiatus

The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), responsible to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) for the drafting guidance for voting system standards, met last week for the first time since 2007. Since the last meeting of the TGDC, there have been several changes in membership, including the chair (now new National Institute of Standards and Technology [...]

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Administration Finally Releases Open Government Initiative

After a few months of waiting, the Obama Administration released its Open Government Initiative last week. The initiative was just the start of what appears to be several steps from this administration to increase the amount of government data made available to the public, and continues a trend started with,,, and other [...]

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House Passes Legislation on Consumer Data Security

On December 9 the House passed two bills that could affect how consumers use peer-to-peer software and how their personal information is used. We wrote about these bills when they passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee back in September. This marks the first time the Data Accountability and Trust Act, H.R. 2221, has managed [...]

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Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Almost Done; Science Agencies See Modest Gains

Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association has the specifics at the CRA Government Affairs Blog. In the current conference agreement most of the science agencies are receiving increases over the previous fiscal year (not counting money from the economic stimulus package). Both the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.9 (December 7, 2009)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Computer Science Education Week Launches [3] Cybersecurity Receives Congressional Attention [4] Data Security Bills Approved by Senate [5] Google Revises Google Books’ Settlement Agreement [6] PASS ID Legislation Moving Forward [7] Call for Papers: ACM Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) Conference [8] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of December 7

December 9 Meeting: The Technical Guidelines Development Committee of the Elections Assistance Commission will meet. (continues December 10) 8:30 a.m., 100 Bureau Drive, Building 101, Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Also viewable online, see December 10 Meeting: The Technical Guidelines Development Committee meeting continues 8:30 a.m., 100 Bureau Drive, Building 101, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Hearing: The Government Performance [...]

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Google Books Narrows Its Scope in Proposed Amended Settlement

The Google Books project, where the company scans books, indexes them, and makes either snippets, selections, or the whole work available online, has a long legal history. The nature of the project raises concerns over copyright, not only the legality of making snippets available for search on the web. It presents a way for public [...]

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