ACM in the News

"European Tech Groups Seek Privacy Controls on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Tools"
Associations Now, May 19, 2020
ACM Europe Tech Policy Committee’s statement calls on governments to factor in privacy when considering contact tracing systems.

"Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn"
Government Technology, May 15, 2020
"Given the threat of the virus, vote-by-mail seems like the safest way for voters to cast their ballots in November," says former ACM president Barbara Simons.

"UCLA Student Club Honored by World's Largest Educational, Scientific Computing Society"
UCLA Samueli Newsroom, May 15, 2020
ACM has named its University of California, Los Angeles Student Chapter to receive its Outstanding School Service Award for 2020.

"VR Blood Flow Simulation to Improve Cardiovascular Interventions"
Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, May 13, 2020
2018 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Amanda Randles has demonstrated that HARVEY, a simulation tool whose code she developed, can accurately model blood flow through patient-specific aortas and other vascular geometries on longer scales.

"Experts say mobile voting tech isn't the answer to COVID-19"
TechTarget, May 13, 2020
"It's pretty obvious that the coronavirus is making it difficult to have our standard election. That's having an even bigger impact in urban centers where voting lines can already last for hours and be quite packed. And people are looking for other ways we can have the constitutionally mandated vote without putting people at risk," said ACM US Technology Policy Committee Chair Jim Hendler.

"European comms bodies set up standards group, call for vigilance on contact-tracing apps"
Computer Weekly, May 13, 2020
ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee calls for transparency, interoperability, privacy and scrutiny in Covid-19 contact tracing. Read their statement and principles.

"Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning Is Key to Human-Level Intelligence"
VentureBeat, May 2, 2020
2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipients Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio say that self-supervised learning could lead to the creation of artificial intelligence programs that are more humanlike in their reasoning.

"CICS Faculty, Alumni to Receive ACM PODS Test-of-Time Award"
University of Massachusetts Amherst, April 22, 2020
University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) professor Gerome Miklau, associate professor Andrew McGregor, and alumni Chao Li and Michael Hay will receive the Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award at ACM SIGMOD/PODS 2020.

"Your Internet Is Working. Thank These Cold War-Era Pioneers Who Designed It to Handle Almost Anything"
The Washington Post, April 6, 2020
Designers like Vinton G. Cerf, former president of ACM and a 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient, aimed to create a system resilient enough to remain operable after a nuclear attack by continuously calculating and recalculating the best data-transmission routes.

"Artificial intelligence isn’t as smart as it thinks"
Politico, March 11, 2020
ACM Fellow Anil Jain says there's a possibility that facial recognition systems may be biased because of how they are trained.

"Inside Code of Conduct"
Association Forum, March 4, 2020
“We use the [ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct] in a proactive way—we intend for it to be aspirational,” says ACM Committee on Professional Ethics Co-chair Marty Wolf.

"Engaging talks by experts at ACM annual event"
Times of India, February 28, 2020
ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Yann LeCun, ACM Prize in Computing recipient Shwetak Patel, and ACM Lawler Award recipient M Balakrishnan were among the luminaries who spoke at this year’s ACM India Annual Event.

"Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?"
The Wall Street Journal, February 23, 2020
Robert Sedgewick (2018 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Award Outstanding Educator recipient) and Stanford University's Larry Cuban disagree on whether computer coding should be a graduation requirement for high school students. Article access available through CACM subscription.

"MIT Researchers Say Mobile Voting App Is Rife with Vulnerabilities"
Computerworld, February 13, 2020
Jeremy Epstein, Vice Chair of ACM's ACM US Technology Policy Committee, said, "Any election official using Voatz products would be well advised to cancel their plans, before a stealthy attack in a real election compromises democracy."

"Kicking off a New Approach to Cyber Ethics at the Department of Defense"
War on the Rocks, February 12, 2020
ACM Code of Ethics recommended for adoption by US Department of Defense.

"Iowa Caucus Chaos Likely to Set Back Mobile Voting"
Computerworld, February 4, 2020
“The Iowa Democratic Party had planned to allow voters to vote in the caucus using their phones; if this sort of meltdown had happened with actual votes, it would have been an actual disaster," said ACM US Technology Policy Committee Vice Chair Jeremy Epstein.

"Keith Webster: Libraries will champion an open future for scholarship"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 29, 2020
Former ACM Publications Board member Webster, now Dean of University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives at Carnegie Mellon, says "great progress has been made, but we need to do more if we are to address the wishes of the scientific community."

"Why asking an AI to explain itself can make things worse"
MIT Technology Review, January 29, 2020
Preview of a paper to be presented at CHI 2020.

"Seattle Tries Out Mobile Voting"
Computerworld, January 28, 2020
ACM US Technology Policy Committee Vice Chair Jeremy Epstein says Seattle’s “experiment is very ill-advised,” and that voters who use it are hoping the software correctly records their vote, even though “there's no way to ensure that's the case.”

"Hey Google, are my housemates using my smart speaker?"
Science Daily, January 28, 2020
University of British Columbia researchers’ paper to be presented at CHI 2020 finds people are concerned about friends, family and others having access to these devices.

"'I Wish We Could Connect on This Level.' Memes Still Aren't Accessible to People Who Are Blind. What's Being Done About It?"
TIME, January 27, 2020
Paper on memes by Columbia, Carnegie Mellon researchers presented at ASSETS 2019.

"Compassionate Health IT Understands Whom It’s Dealing With: News from a Lumeon Installation"
Health Care IT Today, January 27, 2020
Andy Oram, who participates in ACM’s US Technology Policy Committee, says that health IT can solve many of health care’s problems, but only when it's designed and rolled out with the greatest sensitivity to the needs of the users.

"California to resume Elsevier talks after signing deals elsewhere"
Times Higher Education, January 25, 2020
University of California signs open access agreement with ACM; discussions with Elsevier on similar agreement resume.

"It takes too long to detect hacking after elections. Here’s 3 ways to help"
Fifth Domain, January 24, 2020
ACM US Technology Policy Committee Vice Chair Jeremy Epstein offers three non-technical actions that can be taken, pre-election, to make it more difficult for foreign governments and others to successfully use technology to interfere.

"Why Have So Few Women Won the Turing Award?"
Slate, January 6, 2020
ACM has made some progress toward gender inclusivity with regard to the Turing Award in recent years. This article explores how it could do more.

"Indian American at Princeton named Fellow of Association for Computing Machinery"
News India Times, January 6, 2020
Princeton University computer science professors Michael Freedman and Mona Singh named 2019 ACM Fellows.