Midweek Policy Roundup


Senators Jerry Moran, Mark Warner, Marco Rubio, and Chris Coons introduced Startup Act 2.0 on May 22, building on measures introduced in December 2011 that create more visas for immigrants with advanced degrees in STEM fields, among other critical reforms for startups. Engine’s coverage here.


The Federal Trade Commission announced the final agenda for a May 30 workshop focused on privacy disclosures for advertising and social media on mobile devices. The workshop, titled “In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World,” will include participants from companies such as Facebook, Groupon, and TRUSTe. 

The FTC also announced the hiring of Paul Ohm, an associate professor at the University of Colorado, to serve as senior policy advisor for consumer protection and competition issues in the agency’s Office of Policy Planning. Mr. Ohm specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property and criminal procedure, according to his personal website


The Federal Communications Commission held a workshop on channel sharing May 22. Channel sharing is an approach to broadcasting where two stations use the same broadcast infrastructure and television channel. This may maximize the amount of spectrum available in new wireless auctions. The commission will also consider a report and order on plans to ease the transition from 2G to more advanced technologies at its open hearing May 24


On May 21, Senator Ron Wyden gave a speech on the Senate floor opposing any cybersecurity legislation that would limit Americans’ privacy. The speech came as the Senate is said to be considering new cybersecurity legislation. Watch the speech here