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ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

The Association for Computing Machinery, a global scientific and educational organization representing the computing community, expresses concern over US President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order imposing suspension of visas to nationals of six countries.

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.

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Stay informed of ACM’s technology policy activities and the latest public policy developments. Learn how ACM promotes computing policy issues, educates policymakers, and shapes public policies in areas important to the computing community and society.

How You Can Participate

Our celebration will culminate with a conference on June 23 - 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco with lively moderated discussions exploring how computing has evolved and where the field is headed. We hope you can join us via the web—we will be streaming the sessions in real time.

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.

ACM Sponsors Data Sciences Education Roundtable at NAS

ACM is sponsoring a new three-year initiative by the National Academies of Sciences on data science postsecondary education. A series of roundtable discussions will bring together representatives from academia, industry, funding agencies, and professional societies to explore the transformative impacts of data, the needs of the diverse data science communities, the implications for employers, and ways to define and strengthen postsecondary education programs and opportunities for students.

USACM Comments on NTIA Green Paper on Internet of Things

On March 13 USACM issued comments on the the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's green paper, “Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.” It expressed support for the Department's principle to ensure the IoT environment is inclusive and widely accessible to consumers, workers, and business, and affirmed its commitment to working with the Department to ensure that IoT policy approaches foster digital inclusiveness, accessibility, and usability.

Meet Jennifer Rexford

An ACM Fellow and Hopper Award recipient, Jennifer Rexford is Chair of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. “We plan to bolster our strength in core computer science, both by building in existing areas like machine learning, computer systems, and theory, and by expanding into areas where CS touches the real world.”

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.

Code 2018 Project

The ACM Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) is seeking active participation in revising the current ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to reflect the shifts in both technology and society since its adoption in 1992. Visit the Code 2018 page for more information and to link to a feedback form for submitting your comments.

Guiding Members with a Framework of Ethical Conduct

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.

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.

Spotlight on Turing Laureates

The ACM A.M. Turing Award, computing’s most prestigious honor, acknowledges individuals who have made lasting and major contributions to the field of computing. Here, we look back at some of these technologies and breakthroughs that continue to impact our lives, and the remarkable innovators who helped shape them. 

What Should Europe’s Cybersecurity Policy Focus On?

A new report on cybersecurity policy published by the European Commission’s top scientific advisers cites the ACM Europe Policy Committee’s White Paper on “Advancing Cybersecurity Research and Education in Europe” and the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council’s Principles on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability. Among the report’s recommendations, the scientific advisers call for global cybersecurity cooperation.

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.

Read the ACM news release.

ACM Cybersecurity Education Initiative Spotlighted at Congressional Hearing

On February 14, the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education received public policy attention at a congressional hearing on “Strengthening US Cybersecurity Capabilities.” The hearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology aimed to review and discuss cybersecurity policy recommendations provided by recent reports. In her testimony, Joint Task Force Co-Chair Diana Burley strongly urged the federal government to leverage the efforts of the ACM Joint Task Force, namely the CSEC2017 curriculum guidance.

Meet Lorrie Cranor

Lorrie Faith Cranor is Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. An ACM Fellow and USACM member, she is a Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. “Consumer protection related to privacy and security are areas near and dear to me.”

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.

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The most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering computing and information technology includes the complete collection of ACM's publications. 

ACM Names 2016 Fellows

ACM has named 53 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cryptography, computer architecture, human-computer interaction, high performance computing and programming languages. The achievements of the 2016 ACM Fellows are accelerating the digital revolution, and affect almost every aspect of how we live and work today. “As nearly 100,000 computing professionals are members of our association, to be selected to join the top one percent is truly an honor,” says ACM President Vicki L. Hanson. (Image: 2015 ACM Fellows)

2015 ACM Fellows