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DC News: U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing for The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 on 2-16-12

U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee - Full Committee Hearing on "Securing America's Future: The Cybersecurity Act of 2012."  The bill is S. 2105.

DATE / TIME: February 16, 2012 / 2:30 – 5:30 pm

LOCATION: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC


U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Former U. S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force

Stewart Baker, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson

James Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies Technology and Public Policy Program

MCNC and Merit Network, Inc. Highlight White House Champion of Change Event Focusing on Exemplary Recovery Act Projects

Today, the White House recognized eleven local leaders as “Champions of Change,” who helped implement exemplary projects that were funded by the Recovery Act.  Two of those honorees, who developed and implemented broadband infrastructure projects that are key to revitalizing their communities, are Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC, and Donald Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network Inc.  EDUCAUSE Policy Specialist Greg Haledjian attended the event held at the White House.

SHLB Coalition and US UCAN Co-Host Sustainable Broadband Solutions Conference from May 22-24, 2012 in Arlington, VA

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May 22-24, 2012

The SHLB Coalition and U.S.UCAN invite you to attend a national conference entitled:

“Creating Sustainable Broadband Solutions for Communities and Anchor Institutions”

Please join BTOP and BIP awardees, community anchor institutions, broadband providers, high-technology executives from the broadband industry, and policymakers from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Congress and more.

Location: Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, VA (in the Washington, DC metro area)


DC News: White House Honors Fredosso and Welch with Champions of Change Award on 2-15-12

On February 15, 2012, Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC, and Donald Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network Inc, will be among 11 local leaders honored at the White House as “Champions of Change” who are using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure.

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DC News: FCC Releases Interactive Map that Shows Areas Lacking "3G or Better" Mobile Wireless Coverage

In preparation for its Universal Service Mobility Fund Phase I reverse auction on 9-27-12 (, the FCC released an interactive map that shows the U.S. Census blocks that lack “3G or better” mobile wireless coverage.


What is your campus doing to improve coverage?

DC News: "Transforming Higher Ed with IT" Seminar on 3-28-12 Sponsored by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

President Obama recently announced a new initiative to address the question of higher education affordability.  For decades, the cost of college has been growing faster than inflation, putting college out of reach for an increasing number of American families.  However, if we are going to keep college cost increases down, information technology will have to play a key role, just as it has in a host of other industries.  There are administrative costs and inefficiencies in higher education that are doing little to improve the quality of education but do make it less accessible to more students at a time when the opposite should be happening.  ITIF will explore how IT can address these issues, looking at the experiences in various institutions and states and exploring what can be done at a federal level to improve productivity in higher education.

Date/Time: March 28, 2012, 9:00 - 10:30 AM ET


DC News: ICANN Seeks Comments on Defensive Applications for New gTLDs - Filing Deadline is 2-27-12

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) seeks public comments on the perception that trademark owners and consumers will need to submit “defensive” gTLD applications for new top-level names as a means to protect their trademarks/interests.

Comments are due on Feb. 27, 2012 and Reply Comments are due on March 20, 2012


DC News: Cal State Long Beach's Mark Turner Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee About Accessible Technologies on 2-7-12

U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

February 7, 2012 @ 2:30 pm EST in G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Full committee hearing on "The Promise of Accessible Technology: Challenges and Opportunities," focusing on accessible technology's role in educating students with disabilities.


Eve Hill, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division

Mark Riccobono, Executive Director of the Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Md.

John Quick, Superintendent of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, Ind.

Mark Turner, Director of the Center for Accessible Media, Accessible Technology Initiative, California State University, Long Beach, Calif.

DC News: EDUCAUSE's Petersen Moderates Webinar on 2-8-12 - Policy and Privacy Considerations for Identity and Access Management in a Federated World

Abstract: The institutional processes for supporting campus identity management initiatives are fraught with policy challenges, including privacy considerations.  The legal and policy concerns intensify under a model of federated identity management where the Personally Identifiable Information collected and managed by a campus is shared as "attributes" with service providers outside the campus.  And new concerns arise as U.S. campuses extend their collaborations and resources internationally, and need to be responsive to these international partners.  This webinar will discuss the privacy benefits of federations, explore the emerging policy questions, and identity international efforts to find workable solutions.


Steven Carmody, IT Architect, Brown University

Ken Klingenstein, Director, Middleware and Security, Internet2



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