The Attorneys General from at least five states have filed briefs critical of Google’s proposed settlement with book publishers and authors, MarketWatch reported on September 17. The attorneys general have copyright concerns regarding Google's plans to create a huge database of out-of-print books. (For background information on these plans, see our September 9 article “Many Filings on Google Books Settlement.”)
President Barack Obama is close to adding another czar to the growing number of czars in his administration. This one will be a cyberczar (otherwise known as the National Cybersecurity Adviser) to coordinate cybersecurity efforts and regulate the Internet.
The federal government announced on September 15 that it will adopt cloud computing to cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of its computer systems. As a first step, the administration launched Apps.gov, an online shopping center for approved cloud computing services.
The time has expired for interested parties to file either for or against Google’s proposed settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. As the September 8 deadline passed, the flurry of last-minute filings indicated that Google’s bid to create an unprecedented digital library had stirred up quite a storm.
CNET News reported on August 28 that it had obtained a draft copy of a Senate bill (S. 773) that would “permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.”
The Obama Administration, under the rubric of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, poured a few more letters in the giant pot of acronym soup. Officially styled the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), Congress has provided $7.2 Billion to facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the United States.