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.


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Pics from the CNSF Science Exhibition on Capitol Hill


CRA joined 31 other scientific societies and universities yesterday in showing off the results of NSF-sponsored research at the 10th annual Coalition for National Science Funding Science Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill. CRA was ably represented at the event by DK Panda and his students (Jiuxing Liu, Pavan Balaji, Ranjit Noronha, and Sayantan Sur) […]

Administration says more Cyber Security Research and IT Security Personnel Needed


Thanks to Jeff Grove of ACM for pointing out this story (subscription req’d), by William New, in National Journal’s Tech Daily (sub req’d) covering remarks by Department of Homeland Security Chief Security Officer Jack Johnson, DHS Chief Information Officer Steve Cooper, and FAA Deputy Director Thomas O’Keefe suggesting the great need for information security professionals […]

Kudos to Google


The Anita Borg Institute announced the winners of the 2004 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, given on merit to female undergrad and graduate students earning computer science degrees during the 2004-05 academic year. Kudos to Google for awarding 8 scholarships of $10,000 each, plus 11 more $1,000 scholarships. Google blogged the release on the relatively […]

Pics from the CRA-W Presidential Award Ceremony


(Clicking the thumbnail gets you a larger version) Accepting the Award From left: NSF Director Arden Bement, CRA-W Co-Chair Mary Jean Harrold, former CRA-W Co-Chair Jan Cuny, White House OSTP Director John Marburger Group shot of all PAESMEM Awardees Harrold and Cuny in the top row, third and fourth from the left, respectively Post Awards […]

President Honors CRA-W with Award for Mentoring


WASHINGTON, DC — President George W. Bush today awarded the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for “significant achievements in mentoring women across educational levels.”

NPR Discusses Decline in CompSci Enrollments


More media coverage of CRA’s Taulbee Survey results that show a 23 percent decrease in undergraduate computer science majors in 2003. This time it’s a piece on NPR’s Morning Edition. You’ll need Real Player or Windows Media Player to listen. Other stories on the subject are linked here.

GrepLaw Interview With Spaf


GrepLaw, run by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, has an interview with CRA board member Gene Spafford (“Spaf”), on what it’s like to testify before Congress, the current spate of virus and worm attacks, his favorite operating systems, and his suggested reading list for “geeky legal types who want to become […]

Dan Geer in AP


CRA Grand Challenges in Information Security and Assurance participant Dan Geer is the subject of an Associated Press piece today on his concerns about a software “monoculture.” Yahoo! News – Experts Warn of Microsoft ‘Monoculture’

More on Colwell


The Chronicle for Higher Ed reports that NSF Director Rita Colwell will announce her resignation today and that Arden Bement, current director of NIST, will take over NSF on a temporary basis beginning Feb 21. Here’s the scoop: The Chronicle: Daily news: 02/11/2004 — 02 I’m headed to the Science Committee budget hearing today, so […]