EUACM Addresses Critical Policy Issues in Europe

The ACM Europe 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. Chaired by Fabrizio Gagliardi of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the Committee engages in policy issues related to the importance of technology in boosting jobs, economic growth, competition, investment, research and development, education, inclusive social development, and innovation.

The Committee promotes sound public policy and public understanding of a broad range of issues at the intersection of technology and policy. Its policy statements reflect the expertise of ACM Europe professional members from the public and private sectors experienced in informatics, computer science, and other computing-related subjects. Among its recent activities, the Committee is active in promoting the interests of the computing community in the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe, which the European Parliament approved in June 2015, and the three policy pillars of the EU Digital Single Market initiative.

As the Internet is global, the Committee works with other ACM entities on publications, projects, and policies related to emergent cross-border issues, such as e-privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things, and Internet governance. Representing ACM’s regional policy groups in Europe and the United States, Dr. Gagliardi testified last year on computing-related security and intellectual property issues that government negotiators should consider when finalizing the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the United States.

EUACM Committee Members:

  • Fabrizio Gagliardi (Chair)
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon
  • Hervé Bourlard
  • Michel Yves Cosnard
  • Judith Gal-Ezer
  • Oliver Grau
  • Wendy Hall
  • Chris Hankin
  • Paola Inverardi
  • Joaquim Jorge
  • Gerhard Schimpf
  • Paul Spirakis
  • Alex Wolf
  • Robert Schnabel, ACM CEO and Executive Director, ex officio
  • Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy, ex officio

Research Assistant: Maarja Meitern

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