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Republican lawmakers want answers from ICANN

September 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two of the House Judiciary Committee's top Republicans wrote to the new head of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on Tuesday to express concerns about the proposed introduction of many new top-level domains -- such as .biz, .info, and .us -- and the expiration later this month ...

Trade groups outline cybersecurity bill concerns

September 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology trade groups and a prominent high-tech watchdog are worried that recent tweaks to a broad cybersecurity bill introduced in April by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, do not alleviate concerns about proposed government standard-setting powers, which they say could impede innovation. The Business ...

Chopra: Open government directive imminent

September 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is weeks away from unveiling a comprehensive open government directive to push agencies toward greater accountability and transparency, Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said today at a conference. The directive will lay out a structured schedule for the release of data in a machine-readable format and institute ...

Privacy experts see room for improvement from Obama

September 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Privacy watchdogs today will give the Obama administration mixed reviews on its early performance for safeguarding privacy, civil liberties and the nation's cyber infrastructure. A scorecard from the Electronic Privacy Information Center and a coalition of consumer, educational, library, labor and technology stakeholders should act as an "early warning system" ...

FCC to launch social networking Web site

August 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FCC is taking major strides to keep pace with the popularity of social networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook by offering its employees an internal electronic forum for communicating about the Commission's priorities and activities. FCC Managing Director Steven VanRoekel, an ex-Microsoft executive, told commissioners at a Thursday ...

ACLU sues for laptop search details

August 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The American Civil Liberties Union wants federal government records pertaining to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's policy of searching travelers' laptops without suspicion of wrongdoing. The watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Wednesday in a New York federal court to learn how the agency's policy, issued ...

Impact of Kennedy loss on health care debated

August 26, 2009 Health care reform, a long and unrealized legislative goal for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was a frequent topic on Wednesday as some congressional leaders and others suggested it be passed as a tribute to the lawmaker, but others said his absence will make that more difficult. House Speaker ...

FCC chairman affirms net neutrality stance

August 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FCC remains committed to enforcing principles intended to ensure unobstructed access to Internet content, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski affirmed in an interview with CongressDaily. While much of the agency's manpower is focused on the tight statutory timeline for crafting a national broadband plan, network neutrality is still a top ...

Cybersecurity draft significantly altered

August 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sweeping cybersecurity legislation introduced by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, in April has undergone major changes during the August recess and now features a more prominent focus on ensuring that the U.S. government and private sector have a properly trained workforce to thwart high-tech ...

Collins seeks information on Hathaway departure

August 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Susan Collins has requested a copy of the resignation letter of Melissa Hathaway, senior cybersecurity adviser to Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and asked her staff to interview her about why she is leaving the Obama administration. Hathaway, who began working ...