Tag Archive | Commerce

Senate Holds Hearing on Drones

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. to examine the growth of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones”, in the United States, including the potential economic benefits of drone operations, and the progress of steps taken to facilitate the development of the industry through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-95). The hearing included consideration of safety and privacy issues surrounding the operation of drones in the United States.

Watch the video of the hearing here.

Majority Statement

Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV
Chairman
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Panel Testimony

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Aging Satellites Could Impact Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

The United States is facing a year or more without crucial satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, a result of years of mismanagement, lack of financing and delays in launching replacements, according to several recent official reviews. The looming gap in satellite coverage, which some experts view as almost certain within the next few years, could result in shaky forecasts about storms like Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the East Coast early next week.

For full text of the article, visit Dying Satellites Could Lead to Shaky Weather Forecasts – NYTimes.com.

 

Storm Brewing: Commercial Data Bill Of Rights Introduced

by Dan Rowinski, ReadWriteWeb, April 18, 2011 8:15 AM

Senators John Kerry, and John McCain introduced a bill to the Senate floor last week entitled “The Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights” that would reform and codify how Internet user data could be used online.On the surface, this seems like the type of altruistic bill that falls in to the no-brainer area of Congressional legislation. Privacy, protection, trust, accountability. All the good political buzzwords apply. Yet, it is not that simple. Data is the lifeblood of the Web and the use of consumer data and the bill would allow the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce to have a significant hand in regulation of how data is collected and used by companies. Advertisers, innovators and consumer groups are concerned with the bill, not so much because of the wording of the legislation, but rather the amount of control it places in the hands of the FTC and whether or not that is necessary.

via Storm Brewing: Commercial Data Bill Of Rights Introduced.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on NASA Budget

Realizing NASA’s Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century

NASA

Tuesday, Mar 15 2011 2:30 PM, Russell Senate Office Building – Room 253, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the following full committee hearing titled, Realizing NASA’s Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century. Witnesses include: Mr. Douglas R. Cooke Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate; Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate; Mr. Leland D. Melvin, Associate Administrator, Education; Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; Dr. Edward J. Weiler, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate; Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., Associate Administrator, Mission Support Directorate.

 

Two High-priority Climate Missions Dropped from NASA’s Budget Plans

By Turner Brinton, Space News, February 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — Even though NASA’s Earth science budget is slated to rise next year, the U.S. space agency has been ordered by the White House to shelve a pair of big-ticket climate change missions that just last year were planned for launch by 2017. With U.S. President Barack Obama under pressure to rein in federal spending, the White House eliminated funding for the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) and Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice (DESDynI) missions, Steve Volz, associate director for flight programs at NASA’s Earth Science Division, said in a Feb. 24 interview. The multiyear budget plan NASA sent Congress a year ago called for spending $1.2 billion between 2012 and 2015 to develop CLARREO and DESDynI, two of the four top-tier missions recommended by the National Research Council’s 2007 Earth Science decadal survey.  …

For full text of the article, visit: Two High priority Climate Missions Dropped from NASAs Budget Plans | SpaceNews.com.

Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update

Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update

Christopher Wolf, HL Chronicle of Data Protection, February 28, 2011

Summary: Just as privacy remains front page news, it remains a subject of bi-partisan interest on Capitol Hill.  This entry briefly describes (1) the oversight role Congressional committees are performing when privacy makes the news, (2) the establishment of a new Senate Judiciary Committee privacy subcommittee chaired by Senator Al Franken (D-MN); (3) the expected legislation to be introduced in the Senate; (3) the bills that have landed in the House and the other proposals expected there; (4) the focus on amendments to ECPA and CALEA; and (5) the contintuing innovations in state legislatures. In short, a two minute read on the state of privacy in the legislative branch

For full article, visit: Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.

National Broadband Map Released

National Broadband Map Released; Connected Nation Shares Analysis

By Joe Francica, Directions Magazine, Thursday, February 17th 2011

Summary: On February 17, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) unveiled the National Broadband Map. According to the press release, the map is a “searchable nationwide map of broadband Internet availability — and the results of a new nationwide survey on broadband adoption.” Editor in chief Joe Francica contacted Connected Nation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is promoting broader adoption of broadband access to provide their analysis of the NTIA’s map. The comments are those of Ashley Littell, Manager of GIS Services for Connected Nation. …

For full article, visit National Broadband Map Released; Connected Nation Shares Analysis – Directions Magazine.

House Hearing on “Do-Not-Track” Legislation

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing titled “Do-Not-Track Legislation: Is Now the Right Time?” at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 2nd in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

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FTC Wants Do-Not-Track for Online Ads

Source: Kate Kaye, ClickZ, December 1, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission wants a Do-Not-Track program for online advertising. The stunning recommendation comes just as the online ad industry readies a broad-reaching self-regulatory initiative in response to the FTC’s own guidelines for online behavioral ad practices. The industry has been too slow to act, said the agency.

Though the commission hinted at its support for do-not-track earlier this year, the FTC officially announced it in a report published today. According to the commission’s proposed framework for protecting consumer privacy, a do not track mechanism would involve a persistent cookie-like browser setting notifying third party ad tracking and targeting firms that a consumer does not want to be tracked or receive targeted ads. …

For full text of the article, click here.

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