What we're following on Tuesday, April 13:
China eases government procurement rules (Reuters) - Officials in Beijing announced Monday they would relax their rules on "indigenous innovation," which essentially force Chinese government agencies to purchase tech equipment only from businesses that develop and register their intellectual property patents locally. The Obama administration, a handful of congressional lawmakers, countless private groups and many other foreign powers have pushed China on this matter, citing the "indigenous innovation" rules as drastic impediments to foreign trade.
Survey finds opposition to net regulation (Tech Daily Dose) -- A recent Rasmussen poll finds 53 percent of surveyed Americans do not wish to see the FCC regulate Internet in the same way it currently manages telephones and radios. The number arrives just as the FCC is considering a landmark move to re-classify broadband as a "telecommunications service," in light of a federal court ruling that essentially stripped the commission of its broadband regulatory power.
Twitter to start rolling out advertising (Wall St. Journal) -- Twitter will take its first stab at on-site advertising on Tuesday when it announces its new "Promotional Tweets" ad program. Essentially, "Promotional Tweets" will be purchased, 140-character updates that will display atop a user's Twitter search results page. The WSJ notes, however, that the "Promotional Tweet" system may eventually be incorporated into a user's Twitter stream, not just at the top of their search pages.
Sens. Kerry, Gillibrand seeking 'ambassador' for cybersecurity (Hillicon Valley) -- Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are now calling for the creation of a "ambassador at large" position within the State Department to handle international cybersecurity issues. The proposal was initially part of the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act that Sens. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced last month, according to the New York Democrat's office. A similar effort is underway in the House.
events around the Beltway:
GWU law school will team up with the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) on Tuesday morning for a panel on "Online Privacy: Where are law and technology headed?" The discussion features a number of legal and privacy experts, but of note is Ellen Blacker from AT&T, who will discuss her company's "layered notices" approach to privacy and transparency. Where: GWU Law School, Faculty Conference Center (Room B-505). When: 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will convene a panel early Tuesday evening on "Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in the Technology Age." Moderated by Bob Schieffer, host of CBS's "Face the Nation," current and former State Department staff members and private experts will discuss how the Internet and mobile phones, among other technologies, have shaped U.S. diplomatic efforts abroad. Where: CSIS headquarters on K St., B1 conference center. When: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Also on deck this
Hearing on the National Broadband Plan, including testimony from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
When: Wednesday, April 14, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Russell 253
Note: This hearing was re-scheduled due to last month's healthcare debate
Public Sector Summit
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tx.), co-founder of Congressional Cyber Security Caucus; Dave DeWalt, CEO of McAfee
When: Thursday, April 15, 8 - 10 a.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and ITC in D.C.
NASA space summit
President Barack Obama addresses audience on 2011 space budget
When: Thursday afternoon
Where: Kennedy Space Center; telecast
House Energy and Commerce
Hearing on the National Broadband Plan, "Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices"
When: Thursday, April 15, 10 a.m.
Where: Rayburn 2123
Note: Friday hearing on online gambling before the House Financial Services Committee was canceled, committee staff announced Monday. The hearing will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.