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White House calls for stricter copyright laws, greater enforcement authority

March 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama Administration is calling for greater law enforcement authority and tougher penalties, including prison in some cases, for people convicted of copyright infringement. The White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, submitted 20 recommendations to Congress on Tuesday aimed at cracking down on copyright infringement on items ranging...

Law experts call for flexible patent legislation

March 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of a House Judiciary subcommittee probed experts on patent law Thursday as the House prepares to introduce its own version of patent reform legislation. Earlier this week the Senate passed a bill aimed at finally overhauling a patent system which hasn't been significantly changed in almost 60 years. House...

House panel votes to overturn net neutrality rules

March 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key House subcommittee voted 15-8 to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's network neutrality rules on Wednesday, but not before supporters and opponents of the change got more than a little testy with one another. A previous hearing on the issue was largely a congenial affair, but as the vote...

Tech CEOs in Washington to push for investment, tax reform

March 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 60 executives from TechNet are working the town this week, meeting with leaders in Congress and the Obama administration. TechNet, which is a network of technology CEOs, will be lobbying to improve the education system; provide incentives for competitiveness, including tax breaks; and increase investment in clean energy technology....

Study shows health IT efforts worthwhile

March 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government study published on Wednesday indicates that the daunting task of implementing electronic health information systems across the country may not be a lost cause. The review of 154 other studies about health information technology, or health IT, found that 92 percent were positive overall, researchers with the Office...

Patent bill passes Senate, House hurdles lie ahead

March 9, 2011 Who says bipartisanship is dead? After years of debate and failed attempts, the Senate passed patent-reform legislation on Tuesday evening by a 95-5 vote, approving a bill that was at the top of President Obama's innovation agenda. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who sponsored the legislation, touted it...

Study shows health IT efforts worthwhile

March 9, 2011 A government study published on Wednesday indicates that the daunting task of implementing electronic health information systems across the country may not be a lost cause. The review of 154 other studies about health information technology, or health IT, found that 92 percent were positive overall, researchers with the Office...

Tech groups call for less cybersecurity regulation, more incentives

March 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A coalition of technology and business groups called for tax credits, not regulations, to motivate companies to protect vulnerable Internet networks in the United States. In a 20-page white paper released Tuesday, the Internet Security Alliance, Business Software Alliance, Center for Democracy & Technology, TechAmerica and the U.S. Chamber of...

Climate research satellite lost in failed launch attempt

March 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is launching an investigation into what caused a $424 million satellite, and a key climate research tool, to crash early Friday morning. The mission was to be the first satellite launch under President Obama's climate initiative and was supposed to "advance the United States' contribution to cutting-edge and policy-relevant...

Technology industry groups increase advocacy with new site

February 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Seeking to ramp up their advocacy efforts in D.C., CompTIA and a range of regional trade organizations launched a website Monday aimed at representing small- and medium-sized technology companies. Dubbed an "online public advocacy platform," TechVoice will help users connect directly with their representatives, stay updated on legislative actions and...

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