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USACM Sends Comments to NTIA on Internet of Things

USACM submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on the potential benefits and challenges of the Internet of Things and what role, if any, the U.S. Government should play in this area. NTIA will use the public input to issue a "green paper" that identifies key issues.

Advancing Cybersecurity Research and Education in Europe

A new policy white paper by EUACM, "Advancing Cybersecurity Research and Education in Europe: Major Drivers of Growth in the Digital Landscape," explores the important role of cybersecurity research and education in enhancing cybersecurity, and provides an overview of emerging trends and challenges, including new privacy and security concerns.

Meet George Roussos

George Roussos is a Professor of Pervasive Computing at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a member of USACM’s Working Group on the Internet of Things, and co-authored a book on Smart Cities. “Technology offers the potential for creating new city infrastructure, but a much stronger force for shaping infrastructures is dialogue between the different social groups occupying the city.”

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Jeffrey Forbes Named Chair of ACM EPC

Jeff Forbes, associate professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University, has been named Chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee. In leading the committee, Forbes will play a major role in developing initiatives aimed at shaping education policies that impact the computing field.

United States

The ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) serves as the focal point for ACM's interaction with US government organizations, the computing community, and the US public in all matters of US public policy related to information technology. USACM addresses issues in innovation, privacy, security, digital governance, intellectual property, accessibility, and e-voting.


The ACM Europe Public Policy Committee (EUACM) promotes dialogue and the exchange of ideas on technology and computing policy issues with the European Commission, member states' governmental bodies, and the informatics and computing communities.

ACM Hails New "Every Student Succeeds" Law

The Every Student Succeeds Act is an important and historic step forward for K-12 education in the United States. The new law recognizes that computer science is a fundamental academic subject, along with reading and writing, vital to a “well-rounded” education in the 21st century.

President Barack Obama signs S. 1177, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), during a bill a signing ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 10, 2015. (photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

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USACM Lists Seven Principles to Address Algorithmic Bias

Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council has issued a statement and a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful bias. The goals of the statement include: providing context for what algorithms are, how they make decisions, and the technical challenges and opportunities of preventing and mitigating potential harmful bias.

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New Chair and Vice Chair Named for USACM

ACM President Vicki Hanson has appointed Stuart Shaprio as Chair of the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM), with Jeremy Epstein re-appointed as Vice Chair. Shaprio and Epstein will guide ACM's interaction with US government organizations, the computing community, and the public in all matters of US public policy related to computing and information technology. Their terms end June 30, 2018.

ACM Education Policy Committee

The ACM Education Policy Committee is a high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators dedicated to improving opportunities for quality education in computer science and computing-related fields. Chaired by Bobby Schnabel, Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, the Education Policy Committee develops initiatives aimed at shaping education policies that impact the computing field. A primary goal of the EPC is to ensure that computer science education is recognized in educational initiatives at all levels of the educational pipeline.

USACM Urges Obama to Reject Proposals to Weaken Security

USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to reject proposals that require US companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products. The letter encourages a focus on public policies to promote the wide adoption of strong encryption technology.

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Learn more about ACM’s commitment to ethical standards: the ACM Code of Ethics, Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, and Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE), which is guiding these and other intiatives.