Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flag this message Invitation to Oct 8, 2009, meeting of the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

Dear friend of CSTB,

We hope you'll be able to join us on October 8, 2009, for the fall
meeting of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of
the National Academies.

Our first speaker will be Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information
Officer & Administrator for E-Gov & IT, Office of Management and Budget.

Our second speaker will be CSTB chief scientist Herb Lin who will
present CSTB's new report, "Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics
Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities." The
report concludes that although cyberattack capabilities are an important asset for the U.S., the current policy and legal framework for their use is ill-formed, undeveloped, and highly uncertain and recommends that U.S. policy be informed by an open and public national debate on technological, policy, legal, and ethical issues they pose.

The session will run from 3:30 to 5:15 at the National Academies' Keck
Center at 500 5th St, NW, in Washington D.C. A reception will
immediately follow the talks.

The Keck Center is located between the Gallery Place and Judiciary
Square Metro stations. Free parking is available in the Academies'
garage (entrance on 6th St. between E and F Streets).

If you plan to attend, we would appreciate it if you would pre-register

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who might also be interested.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Job Opening: ICANN VP Govt Affairs Wash DC

Vice President, Government Affairs (Americas)
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The newly created position of Vice President, Government Affairs (Americas) will have primary responsibility for policy development and advocacy before the U.S., Latin America, and Canadian governments. This position will oversee all levels of government affairs activities for both legislative and regulatory issues.

He/she must have extensive leadership and political experience as well as the ability to successfully organize and execute ICANN's policy, political and business objectives at the federal and international levels.

The successful candidate will lead the design and execution of government affairs strategies to advise and educate Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, key policy makers, and federal regulatory officials about ICANN.

The Vice President will be required to develop and implement an aggressive strategic plan for successfully achieving specific legislative and policy results that are favorable to ICANN. The successful candidate must possess significant political acumen and have established bi-partisan contact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, agency legislative affairs offices, and have contacts in the Administration specifically in the Department of Commerce and at The White House. He/She must have a proven ability to build strong internal working relationships while serving as an advocate for Government Affairs and supporting ICANN's business objectives.

The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of telecommunications, technology, and internet policy. A keen familiarity with intellectual property and intelligence issues is also highly desirable. Moreover, the Vice President, Government Affairs will be charged with preserving and enhancing ICANN's critically important relationships on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies, as well as with relevant trade associations and top policy makers.

Specific Responsibilities include:

• Serving as head of government affairs responsible for the direction and supervision of the organization's government affairs staff, and outside vendors/contractors.

• Ensuring that activities are in full compliance with applicable laws, and adhering to the highest ethical standards.

• Identifying public policy issues, opportunities and challenges of interest and concern to ICANN and developing programs and actions in response to those issues.

• Providing sensible counsel to senior management on the impact of North American government policies, laws, and regulations.

• The ability to research and identify political operational risks and reputational risks to the organization arising from federal political discourse and policy changes.

• Advise management on any legislative and regulatory policy changes requiring management action to implement new organization-wide policies.

• Serving as the main spokesperson for ICANN government affairs activities.

• Providing significant organizational brand visibility with key government decision makers in Washington, DC. This includes the responsibility for assuring effective government affairs communications with key politicians, regulators, federal agencies, trade associations and other influential individuals and groups in order to listen to their concerns about ICANN and to provide them with timely and effective, credible communications on policy issues and legislation.

• Acting as a visionary who can formulate and communicate the public policy and government affairs direction of the organization, set strategy and manage the government affairs division's continued evolution and growth. Must have the ability to translate the overall vision into practical plans that promote the organization's objectives through compelling advocacy and consensus building in government affairs.

• The ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business.

• A proven ability to work comfortably and effectively with top-level government officials along the entire political spectrum.

• Executive presence, a dynamic professional style and the ability to inspire confidence in senior managers within the organization and with external constituencies.

• Providing leadership and mentoring to one professional staff member, as well as overseeing the administrative management of the department; i.e. staffing, budgeting and office operations. Developing an annual budget, review/approve expenses.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Computers Freedom and Privacy 2010

Smart phones, social networking, and the "internet of things" let us integrate the online world and computers more deeply into our lives. Should we have to give up our freedom and privacy in to reap the benefits of a constant connection to friends and information?  How are attitudes towards freedom and privacy changing for those who have grown up so accustomed to an always-connected environment?  What about those who aren't participating because they lack access to technology and knowledge -- or who simply prefer more traditional forms of connection? How do we take advantage of the power of computers to improve freedom and privacy online and off?

To address those critical questions and more, the 20th annual ACM Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference converges for the first time ever in Silicon Valley.

*CFP 2010.  June 15-18, 2010, in San Jose California and cyberspace.*

Please save the date -- and pass the word.  CFP has spent the last ten years describing itself as "the best conference you've never heard of." We'd much rather be "the best conference everybody's talking about!"

We're still discussing potential themes and speakers for CFP 2010.  If you've got ideas, or would like to help with the planning, please share them on the CFP blog at

Once we nail down the theme, we'll get the official call for participation out ... stay tuned!

Jon Pincus and Dorothy Glancy, CFP 2010 co-chairs

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NIST Computer Security Resource Center Special Publications (NIST 800-XX) Update

NIST Compuber Security Division Released 4 Publications - 1 Draft Special Publication (SP) and 3 Final Special Publications

Publication #1: Draft SP 800-127 --
NIST announces the public comment release of Draft Special Publication 800-127, Guide to Security for WiMAX Technologies. Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) is a wireless metropolitan area network communications technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. WiMAX technologies were originally developed to provide last-mile broadband wireless access, but are now more focused on cellular-like mobile architectures. Draft SP 800-127 explains the basics of WiMAX, provides information on the security capabilities of WiMAX, and gives recommendations on securing WiMAX technologies effectively. It also explains the security differences among the major versions of the IEEE 802.16 standard.

NIST requests comments on draft SP 800-127 by October 30, 2009. Please submit comments to with "Comments SP 800-127" in the subject line.


Publication #2: SP 800-41 Revision 1 --
NIST announces the release of Special Publication 800-41 Revision 1, Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy. It provides recommendations on developing firewall policies and on selecting, configuring, testing, deploying, and managing firewalls. The publication covers a number of firewall technologies, including packet filtering, stateful inspection, application-proxy gateways, host-based, and personal firewalls. SP 800-41 Revision 1 updates the original publication, which was released in 2002.

URL to SP 800-41 Rev. 1:

Publication #3: SP 800-102 --
NIST announces the completion of Special Publication 800-102, Recommendation for Digital Signature Timeliness. Establishing the time when a digital signature was generated is often a critical consideration. A signed message that includes the (purported) signing time provides no assurance that the private key was used to sign the message at that time unless the accuracy of the time can be trusted. With the appropriate use of digital signature-based timestamps from a Trusted Timestamp Authority (TTA) and/or verifier-supplied data that is included in the signed message, the signatory can provide some level of assurance about the time that the message was signed.

URL to SP 800-102:

Publication #4: SP 800-120 --
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pleased to announce the release of Special Publication 800-120. Recommendation for EAP Methods Used in Wireless Network Access Authentication. This Recommendation formalizes core security requirements for EAP methods when employed by the U.S. Federal Government for wireless authentication and key establishment.

URL to SP 800-120:

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Event Oct. 1: "The Future of the U.S. Government's Role in ICANN, Internet Addressing and Internet Governance"

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee invites you to attend a briefing on "The Future of the U.S. Government's Role in ICANN, Internet Addressing and Internet Governance"

Thursday, October 1, 2009
11:45 am - 1:30 pm, Luncheon Briefing and Q&A
U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center, Congressional North Meeting Room (CVC-268)
Please RSVP to

Save the date for an important briefing, "The Future of the U.S. Government's Role in ICANN, Internet Addressing and Internet Governance." The briefing will feature the top government officials responsible for managing the relationship between the U.S. and ICANN,* the non-profit body that manages the Internet's domain name system, including IP address space allocation. Presenters will represent the NTIA** within the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State respectively. We will include a robust question and answer session as part of the discussion.

The briefing is incredibly timely as the current agreement, the Joint Project Agreement (JPA), between the U.S. government and ICANN will expire the day before this briefing on September 30, 2009. There may or may not be a successor agreement to the JPA in place on October 1. Regardless, the U.S. government representatives will discuss the future of Internet addressing and domain name management with or with such an agreement. It promises to be interesting.

The presenters will be posted at shortly.

What: Luncheon Briefing and Q&A (Lunch will be served; this is a widely attended event)
Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center, Congressional North Meeting Room
When: Thursday, October 1, 2009, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm
RSVP: Please send RSVPs to or via phone to 202-638-4370.

Please send RSVPs to For more information visit or contact Cat Matsuda at 202-638-4370 for more details.

* Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
** National Telecommunications and Information Administration

This widely attended educational briefing is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Congressional staff and Members of the press welcome. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. More information on the ICAC is available at