Monday will most likely be the final day of the Supreme Court's term, so expect a decision in Brown v. the Electronic Merchants Association, the case that will decide whether a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors is constitutional. We reported in November that experts are unsure whether the right-leaning court will uphold the law or create a new class of content outside the reach of the First Amendment.
The court will also likely act on the government's request for review in the Federal Communications Commission indecency cases (FCC v. Fox, FCC v. ABC). Observers are predicting the court will take up the issue; a lower-court ruling struck down the FCC's indecency policy, arguing it leads to self-censorship by broadcasters in violation of free speech rights.
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt will appear to discuss the government's plan to secure private-sector networks at the ISACA's World Congress for IT Professionals at the National Harbor in Maryland. Schmidt will likely discuss how the Department of Homeland Security would work with private-sector firms to adopt best practices under the Obama administration's proposed cybersecurity plan, which was released last month.
The Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project will host a forum on the role of innovation in promoting economic growth Tuesday morning at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill. Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs administrator Cass Sunstein are scheduled to appear.
The FCC's Wireless Bureau will hold a forum on location-based services featuring representatives from wireless carriers, tech firms, public advocacy groups and academia. The forum comes amid growing concern among lawmakers about how carriers use and share consumers' location data. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a location privacy bill earlier this month that requires firms to obtain users’ express consent before using or sharing their data.
The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a data security and privacy hearing on Wednesday morning examining how Web firms and other organizations collect, maintain, secure and use personal information from consumers. The bill will examine whether consumers are adequately protected under current law and will include testimony from government, industry and consumer advocacy groups, though no witness list is available yet.
There are a number of bills addressing consumer privacy online currently before Congress, including a Do Not Track bill introduced last month by Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).