ACM Global Public Policy

ACM Global Public Policy ACM provides independent, nonpartisan, and technology-neutral research and resources to policy leaders, stakeholders, and the public about public policy issues, drawn from the deep technical expertise Visit us online at www.acm.org/public-policy for more.

ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with nearly 100,000 members, unites computing professionals, educators, and researchers from industry, academia, and government, to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, supporting members’ professional development, and promoting policies and research that benefit society.

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ITaP | Information Technology at Purdue
09/16/2020

ITaP | Information Technology at Purdue

TOMORROW! Interested in a career in cybersecurity? Join the
Friends of CERIAS virtual career fair, a virtual experience designed specifically for students and recruiters dedicated to cybersecurity. Come prepared to discuss your future! Learn more at https://www.cerias.purdue.edu/site/careerfair2020

ACM's global and US policy groups proudly champion #DataPrivacyDay 2020. For over 25 years, ACM has advanced privacy pro...
01/28/2020

ACM's global and US policy groups proudly champion #DataPrivacyDay 2020. For over 25 years, ACM has advanced privacy protection policies and practices and set benchmark principles: http://tinyurl.com/tsxmyty.

Here is some more great informatio from the National Cyber Security Alliance on how you can stay safe online: http://bit.ly/2U0AIp7

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
04/10/2018

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

Last night, the ACM US Public Policy Council send a letter to Senator John Thune, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding Facebook’s data compromises.

“USACM believes that the issues raised by this incident, and the intense scrutiny now appropriately being brought to bear on it, make this a watershed moment. The issue and challenge is not merely how to address the failings of a single company, but to understand how privacy and trust in an era of big data, pervasive networks and socially embedded platforms must be addressed in order to promote the public interest broadly in our society, including specifically the integrity of our democratic institutions.”

Read the full letter here: http://bit.ly/2qn0C69

On December 19, USACM submitted a short comment to the U.S. Copyright Office, in support of a computer security research...
12/23/2017
Association for Computing Machinery

On December 19, USACM submitted a short comment to the U.S. Copyright Office, in support of a computer security research exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention of copyright protection technology, as outlined in Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

https://techpolicy.acm.org/2017/12/usacm-comments-security-research-dmca-exemption/

USACM Submits Comments for Security Research DMCA Exemption By Paul Hyland December 23, 2017 The Copyright Office’s new, streamlined procedure for the renewal of 1201 exemptions that had been granted previously.On December 19, USACM submitted a short comment to the Copyright Office in support of a...

09/13/2017

Tomorrow's Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability will stream live right here on our page. Tune in starting at 9am ET!

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09/12/2017

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Earlier this year, the ACM US Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee issued a joint statement...
09/11/2017
USACM Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

Earlier this year, the ACM US Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee issued a joint statement with a list of seven principles designed to address potential harmful algorithmic bias. The goals of the statement include: providing context for what algorithms are, how they make decisions, and the technical challenges and opportunities to prevent and mitigate potential harmful bias.

Read the joint "Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability": http://ow.ly/Fxce30eJD9I

Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability will be the topic of USACM's panel at National Press Club on September 14th. Click here to find out more about this event, the panelists, and register to attend.

The Association for Computing Machinery US Public Policy Council (USACM) would like to invite you to a panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability. Please join experts Ansgar Koene (University of Nottingham), Dan Rubins (Legal Robot), Geoff A. Cohen (Stroz Friedberg), Jeanna Matthews (Clark...

The ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee (EUACM) have released a Statement o...
06/02/2017

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. https://techpolicy.acm.org/?p=6350

05/23/2017
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USACM today issued a set of guidelines for organizations to protect the security of their computing and network systems. In its Statement on Computing and Network Security, 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.http://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/public-policy/2017_usacm_statement_computingandnetworksecurity.pdf

03/16/2017
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USACM issued comments on the the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's green paper, “Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.” USACM expressed support for the Department's principle to ensure the IoT environment is inclusive and widely accessible to consumers, workers, and business.http://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/public-policy/2017_usacm_comments_ntiaiotgreenpaper.pdf

10/03/2016
ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Submits Comments on Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Apps – ACM Tech Policy Blog

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Justice on anticipated accessibility regulations. These new regulations will apply to websites and mobile apps provided by state and local governments. The Department of Justice will use the comments to inform the scope of its future rulemaking under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). https://techpolicy.acm.org/?p=6059

ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences,…

06/18/2016
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In about two weeks, Gene Spafford's term as USACM Chair ends (again). He came back as chair after Ed Felten went to the White House last year (where he has been doing great things).

One goal Spaf has had has been to recruit active, interested members to USACM to help us shape and pursue our policy goals. Are you an ACM member with interest in issues of computing policy? See our WWW page at http://usacm.acm.org for details about some of the things we do, and how to become a member. You have two more weeks to join and be able to brag about working with Spaf!

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06/06/2016
U.S. Tech Policy Update – June 2016 – ACM Tech Policy Blog

New blog post with the latest U.S. tech policy updates covering upcoming hearings in Congress, federal agency events, opportunities for public input, and more...https://techpolicy.acm.org/?p=5770

ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences,…

05/16/2016
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of...

The U.S. Department of Justice invites additional public comment on potential accessibility regulations implementing Title II of the American with Disabilities Act, which applies to state and local government entities. Comments must be submitted by August 8. https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-10464

The Department of Justice (Department) is considering revising the regulation implementing title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA or Act) in order to establish specific technical requirements to make accessible the services, programs, or activities State and local governments offer...

On ACM's homepage today is Lorrie Faith Cranor, Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. An ACM Fellow and US...
04/19/2016

On ACM's homepage today is Lorrie Faith Cranor, Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. An ACM Fellow and USACM member, she is a Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. “Consumer protection related to privacy and security are areas near and dear to me.” http://www.acm.org/articles/people-of-acm/2016/lorrie-cranor

03/18/2016
Guidelines for the Safe Deployment and Operation of Automated Vehicle Safety Technologies

NHTSA will hold a public meeting on April 8 in Washington, D.C. to seek input on planned guidelines for the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles. https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-06143

NHTSA is announcing a public meeting to seek input on planned guidelines for the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles. The intent of the operational guidance is to encourage innovative and safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies. At this meeting, NHTSA is seeking public...

03/18/2016
Section 512 Study: Announcement of Public Roundtables

U.S. Copyright Office to hold public meetings to discuss DMCA safe harbor provisions on May 2-3 in New York and May 12-13 in California. https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-06200

The United States Copyright Office has undertaken a study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA safe harbor provisions contained in 17 U.S.C. 512. On December 31, 2015, the Office issued a Notice of Inquiry (``NOI'') soliciting written comments in response to a number of topics...

03/15/2016

Hill Tech Happenings - House and Senate committees continue to hold FY17 hearings. Also, members face deadlines for programmatic and language submissions for consideration in FY17 appropriations bills. Additional hearings address cybersecurity, digital currency, self-driving cars, drones, IANA transition. http://techpolicy.acm.org/blog/?p=5596

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
03/15/2016

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

If the function of computing in society is to augment human capabilities, the realm of increasing accessibility for people who through age or disability face exclusion from full societal participation is rife with potential for advancement in computing. On April 1st, Professor Vicki Hanson of RIT will deliver the lecture "Computing for Humans" at the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte, which explores how the needs of diverse users can and should inform research considerations not only for accessibility specialists, but for all who seek to drive the uptake of technology.

http://ow.ly/ZrTQI

Federal Communications Commission
03/11/2016
Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission

Today, Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed guidelines for broadband providers to protect consumer privacy online. Consumers often don’t know how their personal information is handled by the companies who provide their residential and mobile broadband service. Currently there are no rules of the road to ensure that customers have information about and control over, their personal information. The proposal aims to ensure consumers don’t have to log off their right to privacy when they log onto the Internet. The Chairman explains the proposal here: http://fcc.us/1piyFdM. Find details of the proposal in this FCC fact sheet. http://go.usa.gov/cfd4m

03/08/2016
USACM Comments on DMCA Section 1201

USACM submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office for its study on the effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the permanent and temporary exemptions allowing lawful circumvention of technological measures of copyrighted works. The U.S. Copyright Office will use the public input to inform its report to Congress and its recommendations on possible legislative, regulatory and policy reforms. The DMCA and its exemptions have important implications for computing-related activities, such as socially beneficial reverse engineering, encryption research, computer privacy and security research, accessibility for people with disabilities, and educational activities. http://techpolicy.acm.org/blog/?p=5560

USACM submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office for its study on the effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the permanent and temporary exemptions allowing lawful circumvention of technological measures of copyrighted works. The U.S. Copyright Office will use the publ…

03/03/2016
Section 512 Study: Extension of Comment Period

The U.S. Copyright Office has extended the deadline for public comments on the Section 512 study, looking at the safe harbor provisions and the efficacy of online notice-and-takedown processes. Comments are now due by April 1. https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-04641

The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its December 31, 2015 Notice of Inquiry regarding the operation of section 512 of Title 17.

NIST is accepting comments on a new draft publication, "Cloud Computing and Accessibility Considerations" until April 29...
03/03/2016
Cloud Computing Can Assist Workers with Disabilities, NIST Reports

NIST is accepting comments on a new draft publication, "Cloud Computing and Accessibility Considerations" until April 29. http://www.nist.gov/itl/antd/cloud-computing-can-assist-workers-with-disabilities-nist-reports.cfm

Cloud Computing and Accessibility Considerations examines the challenges, barriers and opportunities federal information technology managers face to comply with both the federal government’s accessibility requirements—Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act—and the federal Cloud First policy,” said Ro…

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
03/03/2016

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Martin Hellman is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he was Professor of Electrical Engineering for 25 years. A graduate of New York University, Hellman earned his Master's degree and his Ph.D. from Stanford.

Hellman received the 1996 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award (with Leonard Adelman, Whitfield Diffie, Ralph Merkle, Ronald Rivest and Adi Shamir), as well as the 2010 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle). He is a Marconi Fellow, a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Hellman has authored more than 70 technical papers and secured 12 U.S. patents, as well as a number of corresponding international patents.

Watch Hellman discuss intuition and the root of innovation in this video, courtesy of the RSA Conference: http://ow.ly/YNOHb

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
03/03/2016

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Whitfield Diffie is a former Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, where he became a Sun Fellow. As Chief Security Officer, Diffie was the chief exponent of Sun’s security vision and responsible for developing Sun’s strategy to achieve that vision. Diffie is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Diffie received the 1996 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award (with Leonard Adleman, Martin Hellman, Ralph Merkle, Ronald Rivest and Adi Shamir), and received the 2010 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle). He is a Marconi Fellow, a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, and received an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Diffie has authored more than 30 technical papers, and has testified several times to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the public policy aspects of cryptography.

Watch Diffie discuss cryptography and protecting the individual in this video from the RSA Conference: http://ow.ly/YNNQy

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ACM’s Technology Policy Council (TPC) sets the agenda for ACM’s global policy activities and serves as the central convening point for ACM's interactions with government organizations, the computing community, and the public in all matters of public policy related to computing and information technology. The Council’s members are drawn from ACM's global membership. It coordinates ACM's efforts across national, regional, and international policy arenas. In the United States, the ACM US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) serves as the focal point for interactions with US policy leaders. Similarly, the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee (EUTPC) interacts with policy leaders in Europe.

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