Tech Happenings, Week of May 1

I’m experimenting with a new service on the blog by posting some of the top hearings in Congress on the tech policy front. My hope is that people will be able to use it to follow issues and hearings on the some of the tech policy topics that are of interest to them. It should also serve a useful reference archive when reviewing the history of an issue. I’ll try to do these on Monday mornings of each week. You should be able to find them under the “Hill tech happenings” category on the blog.

However a couple of caveats about these posts. First, it isn’t likely to be comprehensive listing as I’ll be working off what events I know about and think are relevant. Second, it will be focused on Congress because, a) it is fairly easy to find this information, b) for people that aren’t local to D.C., most of hearings/floor debate are webcast or broadcast, and committees usually put testimony on the web. I’ll probably put some D.C.-based events on here as well, but those will likely be pretty sparse to the relative flood of events each week. Third, I don’t plan on posting any background on the hearings, just the facts, and by posting it doesn’t necessarily mean we will be covering it as we deal with a lot of tech policy issues. When Congress is out of session, there probably won’t be any posts. Lastly, I’ll try to update the Monday post if something new is scheduled or cancelled, but as fast as Washington moves, I can’t guarantee it. So onto this week’s events (this week is particularly busy):


May 2

National Science Foundation’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2007
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Science and Space
2:30 p.m., 562 Dirksen Bldg.

May 3

The Role of the National Science Foundation in K-12 Science and Math Education
House Science Committee
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg.

Building American Competitiveness: Examining the Scope and Success of Existing Federal Math and Science Programs
House Education and the Workforce Committee
10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Digital Content and Enabling Technology: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
2 p.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.

Sexual Exploitation of Children Over the Internet: What Parents, Kids and Congress Need to Know About Child Predators.
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

May 4

Rumored to be the day the House of Representatives will take up telecommunications reform, but Congress hasn’t officially noticed it yet. Update: Looks like the telecommunications bill will be on the taken up by the House of Representatives next week at the earliest.


ACM’s 2006 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference, May 2-5 at the Lowes L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.

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