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August 18, 2014
Events on Wikpedia, cybersecurity, startups, and government use of technology to lower costs are on tap this week and the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum in Colorado continues early this week.
July 30, 2014
While it’s common for lawmakers to have had former careers as lawyers or business owners, having “physicist” on your employment history is pretty rare. Roll Call’s Jason Dick has a profile out this morning on Illinois Democrat Bill Foster, who was a physicist before being elected to Congress (according to CQ’s member profiles, he also previously owned a theater lighting company). Over the summer, the “entrepreneur/experimental physicist/politician has been playing the role of science guy,” Dick writes.
July 28, 2014
Jared Polis and two other House members who have shown a piqued interest in digital currency are hosting an event on the topic Tuesday evening in a House office building.
July 15, 2014
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is looking to draft legislation on the issue of networks of computers infected with malware, known as botnets.
In April, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission teamed up to release a statement to businesses who might be worried about sharing cybersecurity information with competitors: The agencies wrote that they “do not believe that antitrust is – or should be – a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing.”
A new report released today on the security of the electricity grid concludes that the statement was a good start to tackling one of the biggest impediments of business-to-business cyber threat info sharing. It just isn’t good enough. Full story
July 8, 2014
When Sen. Patrick J. Leahy abruptly shelved legislation targeted at companies that file abusive patent infringement lawsuits back in May, the Vermont Democrat said it was because of a lack of consensus from stakeholders. But in an an interview with a home-state newspaper Leahy said he was “furious” that Majority Leader Harry Reid effectively shelved the bill.
“We worked so hard to get a coalition,” the Burlington Free Press recently quotes Leahy as saying. “Harry Reid and a couple of others said, ‘We won’t let it come to the floor.’ I think that’s wrong, but I’m not going to give up.”
June 18, 2014
When it comes to talking about a permanent moratorium on Internet taxes, the familiar Republican argument about the federal government violating states’ rights isn’t coming from the GOP – it’s coming from Democrats.
At least that’s what happened at the House Judiciary Committee today, when lawmakers debated a bill that would make the existing temporary moratorium on taxing Internet access permanent.
May 28, 2014
Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, lost his re-election bid last night, and so when the 114th Congress convenes next year, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will be without a long-time fixture.
The 91 year-old, known for his sense of humor deployed with a Southern drawl, has held a seat on the committee since the start of his tenure in the House more than three decades ago. He was chairman in 2011 and 2012.
Your Technocrat blogger contributed to CQ’s 2013 profile on Hall, who represents a portion of the Dallas exurbs in the northeastern part of the state. Here’s an excerpt: Full story
May 22, 2014
May 9, 2014
The Federal Election Commission has voted to allow bitcoin contributions to political action committees, and it wasn’t long before Rep. Jared Polis announced he’d take those contributions for his re-election campaign.