ACM U.S. Public Policy Council

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council is a leading independent and nonpartisan voice in addressing U.S. public policy issues related to computing and information technology. The Council regularly educates and informs Congress, the Administration, and the courts about significant developments in the computing field and how those developments affect public policy in the United States.

Its membership of 100+ computing experts includes a diverse community of managers, practitioners, researchers, and other professionals from industry, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector. They bring expertise in varied areas, including algorithmic accountability, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, privacy, security, accessibility, digital governance, intellectual property, voting systems, and tech law.

As the Internet is global, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council works with the other ACM policy entities on publications and projects related to cross-border issues, such as cybersecurity, encryption, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Internet governance.

How We Engage in Public Policy

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council carries out its mission by responding to requests for authoritative technical expertise and guidance, publishing and distributing its materials, presenting findings at policy briefings, participating in public meetings, and engaging with a range of stakeholders. The Council also advances public policy through educational programs and collaborations with other ACM policy entities, special interest groups, task forces, and committees.

A member-driven process produces policy statements, reports, and guidance. Internal policy discussions are conducted in subject-specific standing committees and working groups, each led by an experienced expert in that field. The internal discussions strive to focus on the technical issues and to achieve consensus across the range of viewpoints. The resulting policy guidance and recommendations need to be consistent with the mission and core principles of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council and the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

A leadership Council and Executive Committee review and vote on whether to approve and adopt policy statements and reports in accordance with the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council bylaws.

Leadership Council and Committees

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council is comprised of a Council and Executive Committee responsible for strategic directions, as well as members who participate in committees and working groups. Its Chair is appointed by the ACM President.

Find Public Policy Statements

Public policy statements provide guiding principles for policy leaders, research summaries, best practices, and discussion of technology policy topics, as informed by scientific and technical knowledge. Browse policy statements

Find Public Policy Reports

Reports and white papers provide an in-depth look at emergent technology issues that government officials should consider when formulating public policies. Browse policy reports

Request Input from Our Technical Experts

Are you a government official or policy leader in need of nonpartisan expert input or guidance in an area of computing and technology? Contact the ACM Public Policy Office at acmpo@hq.acm.org.

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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. Read the blog.

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This monthly newsletter brings you important updates on ACM’s public policy activities and major policy developments from around the world. Read this month's newsletter.

Join the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council

Get involved in public policy! Join other professionals in unique opportunities to share technical expertise and knowledge of the latest and emerging trends with policy officials. To self-nominate, send your name, ACM membership number, email address, brief bio, and brief statement of interest to the ACM Public Policy Office at acmpo@hq.acm.org.

 

  • USACM Council

    The U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM (USACM) is the focal point for ACM's interaction with U.S. government organizations, the computing community, and the U.S. public in all matters of U.S. public policy related to information technology. Each member of USACM is part of at least one of its seven committees: Privacy, Security, Intellectual Property, Law, Accessibility, Digital Governance, and Voting.


    • Stuart Shapiro - Chair

Stay Up-to-Date with Tech Policy Blog

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.