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:

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.

Volunteer with SocialCoder

You can use your technical skills for social good and offer volunteer support on software development projects to organizations who could not otherwise afford it. SocialCoder connects volunteer programmers/software developers with registered charities and helps match them to suitable projects based on their skills, experience, and the causes they care about. Learn more about ACM’s new partnership with SocialCoder, and how you can get involved.

Why I Belong to ACM

Hear from Bryan Cantrill, vice president of engineering at Joyent, Ben Fried chief information officer at Google, and Theo Schlossnagle, OmniTI founder on why they are members of ACM.