Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 28

UPDATE: The March 29 hearing on cyber attacks has been postponed. No new date has been scheduled. March 29 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the economic impacts of cyber attacks. 2:30 p.m., 253 Dirksen Building March 30 Hearing: The Subcommittee in Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet [...]

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Google Books Settlement Remains Unsettled

The ongoing saga of the Google Books case will continue, according to a recent opinion from the judge overseeing the negotiated settlement. Google Books prompted a 2005 suit for copyright infringement because the service offered snippets of copyrighted material for viewing free-of-charge. The parties in the class action suit have been wrestling over a settlement [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – December 2010 (Vol. 53, 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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ACM Washington Update Vol. 15.2 (March 16 2011)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] 2010 ACM A.M Turing Award Recognizes Les Valiant [3] USACM Supports Defense Against FY ‘11 Cuts [4] USACM Comments on Federal Trade Commission Online Privacy Report [5] USACM Joins Statement of Concern Over Expansion of Intercept Law [6] Senate Passes Patent Reform Bill [7] About USACM [An archive of all [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 14

March 14 Hearing: The Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on promoting and protecting Internet commerce 4 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Building March 15 Hearing: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act in the digital age 10:15 a.m., 226 [...]

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Senate Passes Patent Reform Bill

On March 8 the Senate passed a bill intended to reform the patent system. S. 23, the Patent Reform Act of 2011, would take steps to harmonize the U.S. patent system with those in the rest of the world. The most notable change amongst them is to make the U.S. system based on the first [...]

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2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recognizes Les Valiant

Les Valiant, the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been recognized for his work in machine learning and the theory of computation with the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The Award, which comes with a $250,000 prize, is supported in part by [...]

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USACM Supports Defense Against FY ‘11 Science Cuts

USACM signed a letter sent to the Senate leadership last week urging them to resist the deep cuts to science agency budgets approved recently by the House of Representatives. The cuts would be for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The letter was organized by the Task Force on American Innovation and over 165 [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 7

March 8 Meeting: The President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology will meet 10 a.m., Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (webcast also available) March 9 Meeting: The Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee of the Department of Homeland Security will meet. 1 p.m., Government Printing Office, 732 North Capitol Street, [...]

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