Computing Research Policy Blog

The Computing Research Association (or CRA) has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades. More recently the CRA Government Affairs program has enhanced its efforts to help the members of the computing research community contribute to the public debate knowledgeably and effectively.

July 2004

PITAC Cyber Security Subcommittee “Town Hall” Highlights

The President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee’s (PITAC) Subcommittee on Cyber Security met today “town hall” style at the GOVSEC conference here in DC today to hear from ITAA head Harris Miller, Joel Birnbaum, head of the CSTB study on “Improving Cyber Security Research in the US“, and to take public input as it continues its […]

Forbes on Supercomputing

Matthew Swibel covers federal funding for supercomputing today in Forbes (and quotes CRA). U.S. Plays Supercomputer Catch-up. (I usually don’t link to the print version of articles, but Forbes is using some sort of ad displaying script that isn’t playing nicely with my Safari browser on the Mac…)

DARPA’s Strong Angel II

The San Jose Mercury News’ Dan Gillmor has an interesting piece on DARPA’s “Strong Angel II“, a program aimed at developing techniques for “critical information management within austere environments.” From the article: KONA, HAWAII – They were soldiers and sailors, doctors and relief workers, technologists and managers. Over the course of a few days, they […]

More Detail on NSF Cuts in House Approps Bill

I’ve managed to get my hands on the as yet unreleased committee report for the House VA-HUD-Independent Agencies appropriations bill, which contains some additional detail about the nature of the cuts planned for NSF in FY 2005 (first covered here). The committee has included some accounting changes in addition to the cuts proposed, which makes […]

INDUCE Act Hearing Tomorrow

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Chairman Orrin Hatch’s INDUCE Act — a dangerous piece of legislation that ostensibly protects copyright by making liable anyone who “intentionally aids, abets, induces or procures” a copyright violation. As Intel VP Les Vadasz writes in today’s WSJ: Sen. Hatch and others argue that the bill […]

NSF and NASA Lose in House VA-HUD Approps Markup

NSF and NASA would both suffer significant cuts under legislation approved in a House Appropriations Subcommittee. Here are the first NSF numbers from the subcommittee committee markup of the House VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. Apparently the full committee will move the bill on Friday: NSF Funding Levels From the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Markup(in millions […]

ITAA Accuses Security Researchers of Waging “Religious War” in Opposing E-voting Systems

Computerworld has an article today with quotes from ITAA’s Harris Miller complaining that IT security researchers are opposing e-voting systems because they’re pushing a political agenda on behalf of the open-source software community. Some choice quotes: “It’s not about voting machines. It’s a religious war about open-source software vs. proprietary software,” Miller said in an […]