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10/17. Bill Clinton signed S 2045, the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act, a bill which temporarily raises the annual cap on H1B visas. Clinton also signed HR 5362, a bill which raises the fee for H1B applications from $500 to $1,000. See, Clinton statement.
10/17. The GILC released a letter to the Council of Europe stating its objections to the Draft Convention on Cyber-crime [MS Word]. GILC wrote: "we object to provisions that will require Internet Service Providers to retain records regarding the activities of their customers. ... We further object to the conception of 'Illegal Devices' set out in Article 6. ... We also object to the dramatic extension of copyright crimes in the proposed Article 10." Moreover, GILC alleged that "Police agencies and powerful private interests acting outside of the democratic means of accountability have sought to use a closed process to establish rules that will have the effect of binding legislation." GILC is a coalition of many groups, including the EPIC, CDT, ACLU, and Privacy International. Marc Rotenberg, Exec. Dir. of the Washington DC based EPIC stated that "government efforts to respond to computer crime must not undermine the political rights of Internet users."
10/17. The Commerce Dept. announced that it will give away "thousands of 'state-of-the-art' Census 2000 computers and equipment" at a campaign event in Seattle WA on Oct. 18. The donees will be "Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal College and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions". See, release.
10/17. The SIIA filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Alpha Train, Inc. alleging copyright infringement. Alpha Train, a company based in Newark, NJ, provides computer software training to corporate and individual clients.See, SIIA release.
10/17. WINfirst signed a 5 year, $800 Million agreement with Lucent for equipment, software and services to build a fiber to the home residential network that will provide 100 Mbps of symmetric bandwidth for voice, data and video applications. Lucent stated: "This will enable people to download a DVD movie in eight minutes or an entire album of MP3 songs in only five seconds -- a process that would take eight hours and five minutes, respectively, over today's high-speed connections. Additionally, having the same bandwidth both upstream and downstream will enable people to share files directly with each other through true peer-to-peer networking." See, Lucent release.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
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GILC: letter to Council of Europe opposing Draft Convention on Cyber-crime, 10/18 (HTML, GILC).
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"The growing demand for workers with high-tech skills is a dramatic illustration of the need to "put people first" and increase our investments in education and training. Today, many companies are reporting that their number one constraint on growth is the inability to hire workers with the necessary skills. In today's knowledge- based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn. Jobs in the information technology sector, for example, pay 85 percent more than the private sector average. My Administration has made clear that any increase in H-1B visas should be temporary and limited in number, that the fee charged to employers using the program should be increased significantly, and that the majority of the funds generated by the fee must go to the Department of Labor to fund training for U.S. workers seeking the necessary skills for these jobs. This legislation does those things."

Bill Clinton, on signing the H1B visa bill.


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