ACM Public Policy Office
The ACM Public Policy Office represents ACM and its US Public Policy Committee (USACM)
on information technology policy issues that impact the computing field. It seeks to educate policymakers
and the public about policies that will that foster innovations in computing and related disciplines in
ways that benefit society. It also informs ACM's members and the public about policy developments through
its weblog, Washington Update
newsletter and articles in ACM publications.
Cameron Wilson serves as ACM's Director of Public Policy and heads its Public Policy Office.
David Bruggeman serves as the Office's Public Policy Analyst.
USACM, composed of ACM member volunteers, serves as the focal point for ACM's interaction
with US government organizations, the computing community, and the public on public policies affecting
information technology. Supported by the ACM Office of Public Policy, USACM seeks to inform the US government about policies
that impact the computing community and the public. It also identifies significant technical and
public policy issues; monitors information on relevant US government activities; and responds to
requests for information and technical expertise from US government agencies and departments.
Eugene Spafford, professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Purdue University, is chair of USACM.
Volunteer members serve on the USACM committee.
Each July, USACM publishes its annual report detailing activities from the previous fiscal year.
Public Policy Issues
ACM and USACM's public policy portfolio includes a range of Information Technology issues in the following categories:
||Advancing computing as a discipline
||Balancing intellectual property and innovation
||Assuring the security and reliability of systems
ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy (CCPP)
The purpose of the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy (CCPP)
is to aid ACM in internationally relevant issues
relating to computers and public policy, and to help
make ACM more visible worldwide. The most visible project is the ACM Forum on Risks to the Public in
Computers and Related Systems (RISKS Forum),
established in 1985.
Other Policy Links
ACM's Policies Promoting Standards of Conduct: Read ACM's Code of Ethics,
Constitution, and other policy documents for the computing profession.
RISKS Forum: Forum on Risks to the Public in Computers and Related Systems
ACM-W: ACM's Committee on Women in Computing
CDC: Coalition to Diversify Computing