Tech Talk Guest: Bruce Mehlman
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy
US Department of Commerce
Telecommunications Policy Counsel for Cisco Systems
Policy Director and General Council for House Leadership Office under J.C. Watts. Instrumental in Y2K and China trade legislation.
Bruce?s Current Focus
How can the US retain its global innovation leadership in 21 st century?
How can regions and communities in the US and around the world best support knowledge clusters and technology entrepreneurship?
How can we accelerate the usage of broadband applications to maximize organizational productivity, competitiveness and societal benefit?
How can we get more American students studying and pursuing careers in math, science, and engineering?
Other Topics of Interest
Digital Content and Rights (file sharing and DVD copy protection)
State of 3G Phone Technology (will European and US standards converge)
Wi-Fi deployment (Good or bad for broadband?)
Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Tausin-Dingle (Good for broadband?)
Spectrum allocation (Does it impede innovation?)
Dot com meltdown (Lessons learned)
How do biotech and nanotech play into the future? (Role of Research clustering)
Bush?s High Tech Agenda
Secure $103B R&D budget, Make R&D tax credit permanent
Strengthen intellectual protection laws,
Improve K-12 math and science teaching,
Secure Tax cuts, Expand Free trade
Harden national defenses including infrastructure and cyber security, Emphasize E-government.
Peer-to-peer piracy prevention bill
Sponsored by Howard Berman, D-CA
His 26 th District includes North Hollywood
Legalizes hacking of P2P networks like Kazaa or LimeWire
Will legalize antisocial Internet activities
Coming soon to a computer near ? Hollywood Hackers
SysAdmin Day — Special Acknowledgment Is Deserved
Annual event the last Friday of July? (July 26 th)
Ted Kekatos came up with the idea three years ago
Wireless War Driver Charges with Hacking
Stepan Puffer indicted by Grand Jury on two counts of fraud for breaking into the Harris County district court?s wireless computer system
Puffer demonstrated it to the local newspaper
System was brought down the next day
Saving Memories of the Dot.com Excesses
Smith School of Business at Maryland University and Webmergers.com is collecting data from the dot.com era.
Effort lead by Professor David Kirsch
Greatest failure is WebVan, which burned $800M in two years
Princeton accused on hacking into Yale’s recruitment system
FBI was informed by Princeton last week
FBI is currently assessing the charges
Mr. Lemenager, from Princeton admitted accessing the system, but only to check its security.
China Third in Global Internet Usage
More than 45 million Chinese are now logging onto the Net
The average Chinese spends 8 hours and 20 minutes a week on the Net
Only the US and Japan have more citizens logging onto the Net
USA Today Site Hacked this Week
For 15 minutes several bogus stories were posted to the site
Incident reported to Fairfax County Police
Site was brought down for 3 hours to harden systems
Domain name fight heats up
Canada.biz sought by Molson Canadian Beer
Won in court, but Zak Muscovitch is appealing
Lack of formal appeal process is a problem
Another ICANN can of worms
Hip DJ?s now spinning MP3
Ben Kirendall leaves his records at home
Uses to 10G Hardrive packs for his iPod to play music
Calls himself the Podiatrist
Microsoft throws its weight behind 802.11b
XP already supports Wi-Fi natively
Will roll out a wireless portable monitor in January
Next Start is a week from Monday, August 5 th
Master Program Seminar Series to begin September 17
30 years of Technology ? What?s next
Are you ready for onsite wireless?
E-Business ? who is making money and why?
Manage your Career ? Survival Skills for working through the System
Telecommunications and Security