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September 23, 2014

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September 22, 2014

Week Ahead: OkCupid, High-Skilled Immigration Policy & Cross-Border Data Flows

Lawmakers are out of town for several weeks, and that means a somewhat quieter week in Washington. But there’s still plenty going on, with OkCupid’s co-founder and president talking at Sixth & I as well as events on high-skilled immigration policy and and cross-border data flows.

Monday

OkCupid’s Christian Rudder caused a stir this summer over a blog post about experiments the online dating site has conducted. He has a new book out and he’ll be at Sixth & I on Monday talking to The Atlantic’s Megan Garber.

On Monday and Tuesday, The National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy hosts a conference titled “High-Skilled Immigration Policy & the Global Competition for Talent.”

Tuesday

On Tuesday, The Brookings Institution hosts an event releasing three papers proposing ways to spur more efficient use of government-owned spectrum.

Wednesday

The Center for Democracy & Technology on Wednesday holds an event on education, data and privacy.

Thursday

On Thursday, Brookings hosts a panel discussion on challenges to cross-border data flows and their potential impacts on communications, trade and commerce.

September 12, 2014

Next Week: Net Neutrality, Big Data & Robotics Policy

It’ll be a busy week next week, with Monday being the deadline for filing Open Internet comments with the Federal Communications Commission, as well as a number of events here in Washington, among them the Federal Trade Commission’s big data workshop and the FCC’s Open Internet roundtables.

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission holds a day-long workshop on big data and its impact on consumers, including the poor and under-served.

Also on Monday, The Brookings Institution hosts a panel discussion on robotics and the legal and regulatory policy surrounding it.

On Tuesday, the FCC hosts two roundtables on net neutrality, one in the morning on policy approaches  and another in the afternoon focusing on mobile broadband.

The Atlantic Council holds an event titled “The Final Frontier: Renewing America’s Space Program” on Tuesday.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Small Business Committee in a hearing on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Software & Information Industry Association holds an event releasing a report on the economic impact of the software industry.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a net neutrality hearing on Wednesday.

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee holds a hearing on Wednesday on the FCC’s budget and management, followed by another hearing by a Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee hearing on cross border data flows.

The House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee holds a copyright hearing on Wednesday, followed by a hearing Thursday on U.S. Copyright Office oversight.

On Thursday, National Journal and The Atlantic hold an event on Hispanic millennials and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

On Friday, the New America Foundation and the Global Public Policy Institute host an event on “technology sovereignty” proposals.

The Progressive Policy Institute holds an event titled “Growing the Transatlantic Digital Economy” on Friday.

 

Looking for Job Security? Get a Doctorate in Science, Engineering & Health

nsf report 353x335 Looking for Job Security? Get a Doctorate in Science, Engineering & Health

(Source: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics)

The unemployment rate for people with doctoral degrees in science, engineering and health isn’t too shabby, according to a report by the National Science Foundation.

The report says that the unemployment rate for these individuals decreased to 2.1 percent in February 2013, compared to 2.4 percent in October 2010. That’s in the context of a roughly four percent increase in the number of individuals who had these advanced degrees and were in the labor force — that includes people who had jobs and those who were looking for work — during this time period.

The 2013 unemployment rate of individuals who had these doctorates and were in the labor force was only a fraction (one-third) of the unemployment rate of the general population 25 years old or older, which was 6.3 percent, according to the report.

As the above chart from the report shows, the science, engineering and health doctorate fields include: life sciences (biological, agricultural and environmental), computer and information science, math and statistics, physical sciences, psychology, social sciences, engineering and health.  It also shows the trends in the labor force numbers and unemployment numbers of people with science, engineering and health doctorates broken down by their doctorate field since 2001.

By Anne L. Kim Posted at 2:17 p.m.
Education

September 8, 2014

STEM, Technology and Education and Broadband Regulation This Week

Lawmakers are back in town this week, along with events on broadband regulation, technology and education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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July 24, 2014

E-Rate Shakeup: Wi-Fi Money Is Available, but There’s a Catch

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the dollars aren’t needed for basic Internet connections.

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July 23, 2014

A Look at Technology at Libraries

A new report from the American Library Association, the University of Maryland and the International City/County Management Association on “digital inclusion” says that 39 percent of public libraries have fiber optic Internet connections and that 98 percent offer Wi-Fi.

Here are a few more statistics from the survey, which had breakdowns by locale:

  • Fiber connections were 58 percent for libraries in cities compared to 27 percent in libraries in rural areas.
  • City libraries have an average Internet download speed of over 100 Mbps. Rural libraries had an average download speed of over 21 Mbps.
  • 90 percent make e-books available.
  • 41 percent make laptops available. In this case, rural libraries offered this service at a higher percentage than city libraries.
  • 17 percent of libraries offer use of tablets.
  • 2 percent have 3-D printers.

July 21, 2014

New Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown

Georgetown University Law Center has created a new Center on Privacy and Technology and has hired Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Alvaro M. Bedoya as its executive director.

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Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 18, 2014

Sizing Up the National ‘Research Enterprise’

Is the U.S. measuring its “research enterprise” well enough?

At a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing Thursday, Stephen Fienberg, a statistics and social science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, talked about some findings in a report the National Academy issued last month:

We found that current measures are inadequate to guide national decisions about what research investments will expand the benefits of science. Moreover, we noted that the U.S. lacks an institutionalized capacity for systematically evaluating the nation’s research enterprise taken as a whole and assessing its performance and developing policy options for federally-funded research.

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July 16, 2014

Stanford University: Valleywag Just Can’t Take It Anymore

Just in time for tomorrow’s 6th annual happy hour cruise for Stanford University grads in D.C., the antagonistic Silicon Valley blog Valleywag has posted a profane screed against the tech-company feeder school. “It’s time we talk about Stanford as it is: a stuck-up temple to new plutocracy, cronyism, and greed,” writes Sam Biddle.

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