On Wednesday January 15, Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) will meet with his Technology Advisory Council to discuss several issues that will come up in the new legislative session, including the tax and stimulus plans, homeland security implementation, privacy policies, copyright law and digital rights management, broadband policy (both tax incentives and national plan), cybersecurity and spectrum relocation.  In addition to describing some of his proposals to begin to address these and other cutting edge technology issues, Smith will listen to suggestions and concerns from his advisory council on area specific changes.   

One of the most recent members to join Smith’s Technology Advisory Council is Pierce College.  Recently Smith congratulated them on their recent announcement as an educational partner in eARMYU, a technology delivered education initiative for the military that Smith has worked for years to bring to the Puget Sound area.  eARMYU leverages technology to help deliver real choices for education and training to members of the Army, supplying long-distance learning and higher education quickly and efficiently to soldiers at home and abroad.  

Smith believes that our citizens need real choices for education and training and that we should support programs that provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the New Economy.  With the intersection of education and technology in mind, in the afternoon following his meeting with his Technology Advisory Council, Smith will visit the Intel Computer Clubhouse in Lakewood.  

The Intel Computer Clubhouse is an after-school, design-based learning program that provides youth ages 10 to 18 access to high-tech equipment and professional software. Youth who visit the Computer Clubhouse create digital artwork, produce their own music CDs, shoot and edit video, and design Web sites. Professional staff and volunteer adult mentors help Clubhouse members develop self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning skills needed to create career opportunities.

During the day, Congressman Adam Smith will also participate in a closed door brainstorming session at the University of Washington - Tacoma over the development of a concentration of courses meeting the security education and research needs of industry and government at UW-T Institute of Technology's Computer and Software Systems Masters program.

Members of the media are invited to attend both the Technology Advisory Council meeting and the visit to the Computer Clubhouse.  For further information on the meetings or to speak with Smith during the day, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 226-8454. 

    10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.   
    Quarterly meeting with Technology Advisory Council to discuss upcoming technology 
    issues in the 108th Congress. 
    Where: University of Washington - Tacoma, Tacoma Room 
    3:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.    
    Visits with youths at Intel's new Computer Clubhouse in Lakewood.  
    Where: Intel Computer Clubhouse in Lakewood, at Pierce College

    Directions:   
    Take I-5 to the Gravelly Lake exit and cross the freeway  
    Stay left at the Y (follow signs to Pierce College)  
    Pass Lakewold Gardens entrance; turn left onto Washington and go about a mile 
    Turn left onto Alameda and go one block 
    Park in the lot next to the Community Center  
    Enter playground through the gate; go down the ramp to Clubhouse entrance