Cybersecurity, broadband hearings to begin March

Lawmakers will begin the busy month of March with a series of hearings on internet freedoms, privacy rights and broadband expansion.

Here are a few to follow this week:

The Senate Judiciary Committee will convene its Human Rights and the Law subcommittee on Tuesday for a hearing on global Internet freedoms. The meeting -- the second such hearing on the matter this year -- arrives days after an Italian court sanctioned three Google executives for a video a third-party user posted on its Web site, and weeks after Google and China butted heads over a cyberattack. Among those testifying will be Google Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong. When: Tuesday, March. 2, 10 a.m. Where: Dirksen 226

This Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee will flex its oversight muscles and examine the Department of Homeland Security's new science and technology plans. Joining the panel will be Dr. Tara O’Toole, the department's under secretary for Science and Technology, who will field questions about "the activities of the Department’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)." When: Wednesday, March 3, 2 p.m. Where: Cannon 311, streamed online.

Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will then inquire on Thursday about the White House's broadband stimulus progress. That money, passed as part of the 2009 federal recovery act, has encountered a series of administrative obstacles over the past few months -- problems that have created so many delays that it is unclear whether federal officials can spend their broadband grants before their authorization expires. When: Thursday, March 4. Where: 10 a.m. Where: Rayburn 2123.