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 2005

Examiner Editorial on Math and Science Incentive Act

The DC Examiner ran an editorial today using the Math and Science Incentive Act of 2005 (CRA blog entry here) to focus on the lack of emphasis that primary, secondary, and university education place on teaching science and math. The editorial praises the Act, introduced by Frank Wolf (R-VA) in the House and John Warner […]

Industry Group Calls for Increased Cyber Security R&D; Congress Hears Message from Former PITAC Members

In a report released this week, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance — a group consisting of information security software, hardware and service vendors — called on Congress and the Administration to ramp up support for fundamental research in cyber security R&D and increase the prominence of cyber security at key federal agencies. CSIA’s report, Federal […]

AAAS Report on Women and Minorities in the IT Workforce

MSNBC has some interesting coverage of an important but oft-overlooked part of our IT workforce: students seeking vocational rather than research-oriented IT training. The article covers the recent AAAS report entitled Preparing Women and Minorities for the IT Workforce: The Role of Nontraditional Educational Pathways. The article begins: Pop quiz: Which schools produced the most […]

Gates on CS/CE Enrollment and Funding has coverage of the opening of Microsoft Research’s sixth annual Faculty Summit, a “a unique opportunity for faculty members and Microsoft researchers, architects, and executives to collectively discuss a vision for the future of computing.” Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates had some interesting comments to open the event (along with ACM past-President Maria […]

Science Funding’s Unintended Consequences

There’s an interesting article by Sallie Baliunas at Tech Central Station today on research funding. The piece notes a recent Nature article that suggests scientific misbehavior might be linked to “perceptions of inequities in the [science] resource distribution process” and connects that with tendency among federal funding agencies to shift emphasis from basic to applied […]

High End Computing Remains a “Priority” in Administration’s FY 07 Plans

[Back from vacation. Blogging resumes…] The Administration has released its annual guidance (pdf) to Federal agencies instructing them on the areas of research and development they should make priorities in their forthcoming FY 2007 budget requests to the White House. The memo, a joint production of the White House Office of Science and Technology and […]

CRA Bulletin Now a Blog

For several years now CRA has sent anyone who was interested an electronic bulletin containing links to items of interest to the computing research community. While the content was always useful, the desire to aggregate links and not bombard subscribers with e-mail after e-mail meant that we’d let the bulletin ripen until we’d accumulated enough […]