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DC News: Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Privacy Event Features White House Dep. CTO for Internet Policy (4/2/12)

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Join hosts a policy briefing on the White House Proposal for a Framework for Protecting Privacy: "Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World.”

Daniel J. Weitzner – Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – will make the presentation.

Date: Monday, April 2, 2012

Time: Program begins promptly at 12:00 pm, check-in starts at 11:30 am. (Box lunch will be served)

Location: U.S. Capitol Building – Room HC-5 (Accessible via South Entrance of U.S. Capitol Building)

Source:

http://www.netcaucus.org/events/2012/privacy/

 

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Mobile Payment Technologies Receive Attention in DC

During March 2012, folks inside the beltway are paying attention to mobile payment technologies in terms of identifying the legal, policy, and business issues that are necessary to solve before there is widespread adoption in the United States.

On, March 23, 2012, Rodney Petersen and I attended the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s briefing titled, “Mobile Phone ‘Wallets’: A Congressional Update On Policies and Practices Needed to Assure a Smooth and Fair Transition to Smartphone Consumer Payments.”

In sum, the panelists said the largest obstacles to overcome before widespread adoption is possible are the development of industry standards regarding hardware, software, and payment processes and the establishment of consumer protections regarding privacy, security, pricing, and dispute resolution.

DC News: NTIA Says 95 MHz of Government Spectrum Should be Repurposed for Wireless Broadband Use

On March 27, 2012, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released its report, “An Assessment of the Viability of Accommodating Wireless Broadband in the 1755 – 1850 MHz Band,” where it concludes that 95 MHz of prime spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband use.

NTIA, working with federal agencies, evaluated the potential of the 1755–1850 MHz band to accommodate commercial wireless broadband service.  Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling said, “Spectrum is a finite resource in growing demand, and we need to focus on new ways to maximize its use.  By working with the FCC, other federal agencies, and the industry, we can make more spectrum available to fuel innovation and preserve America’s technological leadership while protecting vital government missions.”

DC News: FCC to Hold Exhibition Fair on Text-to-911 Mobile Solutions (3/28/12-3/29/12)

The FCC will hold an Exhibition Fair on Text-to-911 Mobile Solutions. 

March 28, 2012, from 2 – 7 pm
March 29, 2012, from 10 am – 4 pm

This two-day event will be held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, in the Technology Experience Center, room TW-B505.

This event is free and open to the public.  Public safety officials, wireless service providers and manufacturers, and members of the public, including persons with disabilities, are encouraged to attend.

Source:

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0309/DA-12-379A1.pdf
 

DC News: FCC Advisory Committee Adopts Cybersecurity Recommendations; FCC Chairman Offers Praise and Urges Preservation of Internet Freedom and Open Architecture

An FCC advisory committee – the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) – has unanimously adopted cybersecurity recommendations assisting Internet Service Providers to combat (1) botnets, (2) Internet route hijacking, and (3) domain name fraud.

News Release: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-313158A1.pdf

Fact Sheet: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-313159A1.pdf

In addition, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski offered remarks praising CSRIC’s efforts to reduce the threat of cyber-attacks to communications networks and he highlighted the importance of preserving Internet freedom and the Internet’s open architecture.

DC News: US Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Safe and Efficient Mobile Payments (3/29/12)

After an Executive Session to consider various nominations, the Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee will host a hearing on “Developing the Framework for Safe and Efficient Mobile Payments.”

March 29, 2012, from 10 am – Noon at 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Witnesses

Panel 1

Ms. Sandra F. Braunstein
Director of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs
Federal Reserve

Mr. Kenneth C. Montgomery
First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Source:

http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=eab14748-aea3-48f1-a4f8-88f49613f0e1

DC News: US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on President’s Privacy Report – 3-29-12

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade has scheduled a hearing on March 29, 2012, at 10 am in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.

The title of the hearing is “Balancing Privacy and Innovation: Does the President's Proposal Tip the Scale?”

Witness List

Panel I

The Honorable Jon Leibowitz
Chairman
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information
U.S. Department of Commerce

Panel II

Mr. Berin Szoka
President
TechFreedom

Ms. Pam Horan
President
Online Publishers Association

Mr. Jonathan Zuck
President
Association for Competitive Technology

DC News: US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to Hold Hearing on Cybersecurity Threats to Communications Networks – 3-28-12

The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has scheduled a hearing on March 28, 2012, at 10 am in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.

The title of the hearing is “Cybersecurity: Threats to Communications Networks and Public-Sector Responses.”

Witness List

Ms. Fiona Alexander
Associate Administrator
Office of International Affairs
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Department of Commerce

Admiral James A. Barnett (ret.)
Chief
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Mr. Bob Hutchinson
Senior Manager for Information Security Sciences
Sandia National Laboratories

DC News: US House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Holds Hearing on Federally Funded Research Regarding Public Access and Scholarly Publications – 3-29-12

US House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight to hold hearing on federally funded research regarding public access and scholarly publications.

March 29, 2012, at 10:00 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Witnesses:

Mr. H. Frederick Dylla, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Physics
Mr. Elliot Maxwell, Project Director for the Digital Connections Council, Committee on Economic Development
Mr. Scott Plutchak, Director, Lister Hill Library at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mr. Stuart Shieber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communications, Harvard University
Dr. Crispin Taylor, Executive Director, American Society of Plant Biologists

Source:

http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-investigations-and-oversight-hearing-examining-public-access-and-scholarly

DC News: Federal Trade Commission Releases Online Privacy Report - 3-26-12

The Federal Trade Commission will hold a press conference at 11 am on March 26, 2012, regarding its long-awaited framework for protecting consumers’ privacy online.Source/Webcast Information:http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/03/privacy_ma.shtm

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