Computing Research Policy Blog

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What about “insourcing”?

Another perspective on the outsourcing issue, from an editorial in The News & Observer on February 2nd. Makes the point that even as some computing programming jobs have headed offshore, a large number of “heavy industry” jobs, including the manufacturing of vehicles, computers, electronics and other machinery have actually been “insourced” because “U.S. is still […]

Science Committee to Hold Visa Policy Hearing

Just learned today that the House Science Committee is planning a hearing for February 25, 2004, to consider the impact of the current US visa policy on science. CRA has been among many groups within the scientific community that have raised concerns that tighter visa policies post-9/11 have affected international collaborations, conferences, and the participation […]

Hollywood May Seek Legislation to Plug “Analog Hole”

If the entertainment industry can’t agree with hardware, software and electronics producers on how best to protect digital content, they will look to Congress again this year for legislation mandating a technological solution, the National Journal (subscription req’d) reports.  The problem “can be fixed with legislation later this year,” requiring technology companies to apply anti-piracy […]

IP issues

The National Academies’ IP Website and Quarterly Newsletter For a round-up of the intellectual property issue-related current projects at the National Academies, visit The site publishes a quarterly e-newsletter which is archived at The current newsletter is at

Outsourcing will be “Hot” Issue

Tech Daily (subscription required) reports from a Information Technology Industry council (ITI) luncheon that outsourcing of IT jobs will be a hot topic for lawmakers in the coming session. ITI’s Ralph Hellmann said congressional staffers told him that populist lawmakers from both parties plan to use the issue to “take a whack” at the technology […]

CISE Reorganization “Crosswalk” Posted

Slightly old news, but NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate head Peter Freeman has posted a message on the CISE website in an effort to clear up any confusion within the community about the reorganization of the the directorate. Freeman has also posted a “programmatic crosswalk” that maps former CISE programs and […]