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USACM Comments on Cell Phone Privacy Case

USACM, ACM's US Public Policy Council, has commented on a Supreme Court hearing addressing a cutting-edge case that is at the intersection of information technology and civil liberties. Carpenter v. United States, the Court will decide whether the Constitution requires that the government obtain a warrant in order to seize records revealing historical locations and movements of cell phone users. At issue is the legality of potentially indiscriminate government surveillance.

USACM Statement on Accessibility, Usability, and Digital Inclusiveness

USACM has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to accessibility by releasing a statement and set of principles on accessibility, usability, and digital inclusiveness. Promoting digital inclusiveness for people with disabilities, as well as policies, regulations, and guidelines that ensure fair access to the opportunities that arise from digital innovations, has been an ongoing priority for USACM. Read the news release.

USACM and EUACM Issue Statement on IoT Privacy and Security

The ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee (EUACM) have released a Statement on Internet of Things Privacy and Security addressing existing and expected privacy and security concerns in the IoT ecosystem. The principles in the statement propose policy and technical approaches to tackle privacy and security challenges while ensuring that the technology continues to move forward. 

Read the ACM news release.

USACM and EUACM List Seven Principles to Address Algorithmic Bias

Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Policy Committee have issued a statement and a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful bias. USACM approved the principles earlier this year, and EUACM approved them on May 25.

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USACM Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

USACM, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, hosted a panel event on “Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability” on September 14  at the National Press Club in Washington. The panel providee a forum for a discussion between stakeholders and leading computer scientists about the growing impact of algorithmic decision-making on our society and the technical underpinnings of algorithmic models. A video of the event is now available.

USACM Issues Nine Network Security Principles

In its Statement on Computing and Network Security, the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) identified nine principles that entities should follow to protect their systems from threats. The group highlights the need for robust protections to secure computing and network systems and proposes that these recommendations be adopted going forward.

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USACM Comments on NTIA Green Paper on Internet of Things

USACM submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Commerce's green paper on “Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.” The comments expressed support for ensuring that IoT environments are inclusive, accessible, and usable for consumers, workers, and businesses. The comments urged the Department to address algorithmic capabilities, privacy, and security more fully within the final report.

Guiding Members with a Framework of Ethical Conduct

Learn more about ACM’s commitment to ethical standards: the ACM Code of Ethics, Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, and Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE), which is guiding these and other intiatives.

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