USACM—Advocating and Educating on Behalf of the Computing Community

The U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM (USACM) is the focal point for the association's activities in all matters of U.S. public policy related to information technology. USACM represents a diverse community of practitioners, researchers, managers and other interested parties from academia, government, industry, and the nonprofit sector and seeks to educate these stakeholders on the impact public policy issues have on their lives.

USACM members also span a broad range of ages and social, political, and ethnic backgrounds. It therefore must be a non-partisan, honest broker of scientific and technical expertise, free from the influence of vested interests. Since USACM’s contribution to public policy is drawn from the deep technical expertise of the computing community, the recommendations it makes for improving the field of computing or for the responsible use of technology in society, is always underpinned by solid scientific evidence.

The explosion in the development and application of technology in recent years has been paralleled by a rapid growth in related public policy issues. While these issues are many and varied, a great number fall into the following overarching categories:

SIGCSE 2016, Mar. 2–5, Memphis, Tennessee

The SIGCSE Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. Scheduled keynote speakers are John Sweller, Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales, and Karen Lee Ashcraft, an educational psychologist at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Lifelong Learning

ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from Safari, online courses from Skillsoft, webinars on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.


CSCW 2016, Feb. 27–Mar. 2, San Francisco, California

The ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing is the premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Keynote speakers are Google Data Editor Simon Rogers and Instagram Co-founder Mike Krieger.