Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 28

March 2 Meeting The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board will hold one of its periodic meetings. 8:30 a.m., Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1475 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. (continues through March 4, meeting should be webcast) March 3 Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board meeting continues (see March 2) 8:30 a.m., 1475 Massachusetts Avenue, [...]

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USACM Comments on Federal Trade Commission Online Privacy Report

On February 18th, USACM submitted comments in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) preliminary staff report concerning online privacy. Titled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change,” the report outlines a proposed privacy framework involving the following general principles: Companies should integrate privacy into their regular business operations (a Privacy by Design [...]

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USACM Joins Statement of Concern Over Expansion of Intercept Law

Today the Center for Democracy and Technology released a statement it developed to respond to possible changes to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). USACM is one of the organizations that signed on to the statement. The statement was developed due to press reports that there are efforts within the executive branch to [...]

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ACM Washington Update Vol. 15.1 (February 16 2011)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Comments on Proposed Web Accessibility Guidance [3] USACM Responds to Department of Commerce Online Privacy Report [4] Computers Freedom And Privacy Conference 2011 [5] NITRD Program Asked for Input on K-12 Computer Science Education [6] President Signs COMPETES Act Reauthorization [7] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 14

This week the President released his Fiscal Year 2012 budget request. As a result, there will be several events, many of them today, where federal agencies discuss their portion of the request. Congressional hearings on this request will follow over the next few weeks. February 15 Hearing: The Committee on House Administration will hold a [...]

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DC ACM Chapter Co-Hosts Discussion on Digital Government

On February 17th, the D.C. Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and the New America Foundation will co-host a panel discussion, “The Open Government Directive: A Year Later.” The Open Government Directive was established by the Obama Administration in order to encourage the disclosure of more federal information online in a usable and accessible [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 7

February 10 Hearing: The Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the E-Verify program, an electronic employment eligibility verification system. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building Markup: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will meet to formally organize. 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – November 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 11)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the November 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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USACM Responds to Department of Commerce Online Privacy Report

Last month the Internet Policy Task Force (a Commerce Department group drawing on expertise from the Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration) released a report on commercial data privacy. This complemented the release in the same month of a [...]

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Save the Date – Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference 2011

The Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP) will take place this year June 14 through the 16th in Washington D.C. ACM is one of the conference sponsors. This year’s theme is “The Future is Now.” The CFP, the 21st, will take place at the Georgetown University Law Center. The conference, as the name suggests, tackles [...]

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USACM Comments on Proposed Web Accessibility Rules

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, and did not address the Internet. However, the Department of Justice established, most notably through a case involving Target, established that the ADA provisions applied to websites. However, the Department has not been forthcoming with guidance on how websites can be made compliant with the [...]

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