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Experts: ICANN still needs Hill oversight

October 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even though the U.S. government's grip on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has eased after both sides signed an agreement this week, Congress still has a critical role in ensuring a smoothly functioning Internet, experts said today. Intellectual property lobbyist Steven Metalitz urged lawmakers at a Capitol...

Health Hazard

October 1, 2009 Warning: Patient privacy could complicate the blueprint for an electronic medical records system. Implementing a nationwide system of electronic medical records as prescribed by President Obama's economic stimulus package is a herculean task that will require a complex new matrix of policies and standards. Two Health and Human Services Department...

Lawmakers and industry leaders praise ICANN deal

September 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Key lawmakers today praised an agreement reached late Tuesday aimed at ensuring a permanent relationship between the U.S. government and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The deal requires ICANN to set up review processes to help assess and improve its mission and operations and was signed hours...

Panel to vote on data privacy measure

September 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Energy and Commerce Committee is slated to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require strong security policies from firms that collect and store individuals' sensitive information and provide for nationwide notification in the event of a data breach. The bill was sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Commerce,...

Groups hail nomination of IP coordinator

September 28, 2009 When President Obama tapped Victoria Espinel as the first White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator on Friday, lawmakers and industry stakeholders let out a collective sigh of relief. The announcement was months in the making, and Espinel, who previously served as assistant trade representative for IP, had been considered the...

ICANN seeks to quell concerns on the Hill

September 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The California-based entity that administers the world's Internet addresses has assured lawmakers it is committed to a "long-term, formal relationship" with the U.S. government. It made its pledge in a letter Tuesday, a week before the expiration of an agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and...

Obama innovation plan gets mixed reviews

September 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Republican High Tech Task Force Chairman Orrin Hatch on Monday slammed President Obama's same-day speech about innovation, arguing that his words did not match his policy proposals and in several instances "go in exactly the opposite direction." Obama's address at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., was hailed...

Tech firms see exchange proposal opening

September 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The high-tech industry is hoping to cash in on a provision of Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus' healthcare plan intended to harness technology to help provide health insurance. TechAmerica President Phil Bond, whose trade group represents IBM, Intel, Microsoft and others, stopped short of endorsing the bill, but he cheered...

HHS urged to rework data breach notification rule

September 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A member of the Health and Human Services Department's health IT policy committee is urging the agency to revise what she argues is an overly broad and unreliable provision of an otherwise solid interim final rule on data breach notification. The Center for Democracy and Technology's Deven McGraw voiced her...

Cybersecurity measure takes a back seat for co-sponsors

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Commerce Committee's timetable for advancing broad cybersecurity legislation continues to slip as aides retool key provisions and the bill's co-sponsors -- Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine -- continue their prominent roles in the high-stakes healthcare debate. It appears unlikely that a hearing on...

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