Category Archives: ACM/USACM News

Heading Into Midterms, USACM Re-emphasizes Role Of Technology In Elections

With mid-term Congressional elections fast approaching, USACM released a statement to emphasize the importance of voting technology in elections.  It echoes past statements from USACM on voting, including its 2013 remarks to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.  In the statement USACM outlines seven principles needed to effectively protect the accuracy and impartiality of elections: [...]

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ACM Fellow Randal Bryant Joins White House Staff To Tackle Big Data

Randal Bryant, University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has accepted a temporary assignment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Bryant, an ACM Fellow since 2000 and the 1998 recipient of ACM’s Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, will work on Big Data issues as an adviser to [...]

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USACM Announces New Leadership

ACM President Alex Wolf has appointed Ed Felten as Chair and Stuart Shapiro and Jeremy Epstein as Co-Vice Chairs of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council. Alex Wolf thanked Eugene Spafford for his 16 years of dedicated service leading USACM as its Chair. Ed Felten is the Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy [...]

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ACM Europe Council and U.S. Public Policy Council Address Computing Issues in EU-US Free Trade Agreement

The ACM Europe Council and the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council presented a consensus position on policy issues relevant to the computing field to negotiators of a new EU-U.S. free trade agreement. ACM Europe Council Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi delivered the remarks for consideration at the sixth round of negotiations for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and [...]

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UCLA Sanjam Garg Wins ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in computer science and engineering. Sanjam Garg, who earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, has won the annual ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his work on innovative cryptography tools that [...]

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ACM Presidential Award Winner – Mehran Sahami

The ACM Presidential Award is given at the discretion of the ACM President, to individuals whose contributions in computing fall within the goals of the ACM. The ACM Presidential Award goes to Mehran Sahami, a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, for his outstanding leadership during a [...]

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ACM Distinguished Service Award Goes to Gerhard Goos, Juris Hartmanis, and Jan van Leeuwen

The ACM Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals on the basis of value and degree of services to the computing community. Gerhard Goos of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Juris Hartmanis of Cornell University, and Jan van Leeuwen of Utrecht University are the recipients of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for their definitive role in [...]

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Open Source Coq Wins ACM Software System Award

ACM today selected open source Coq as the recipient of the ACM Software System Award for its influential and critical role as a primary programming and certification tool. Coq is a software tool for the interactive development of formal theorem proofs and is written in open source OCaml. It provides a formal language to write [...]

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ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award Winners – Robert D. Blumofe and Charles E. Leiserson

The Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that significantly affect the practice of computing. Paris Kanellakis was a leader in theoretical computer science. ACM today recognized Robert D. Blumofe and Charles E. Leiserson with the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for their contributions to robust parallel and distributed computing. Mr. [...]

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ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award Winner – Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb

The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year. Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper was a computer pioneer who developed the first computer compiler and whose work led to the development of COBOL, one of the first computer programming languages. ACM today recognized Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb, an Associate Professor [...]

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ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award – Susan H. Rodger

The Karlstrom Award recognizes educators who advanced new teaching methodologies; effected new curriculum development in Computer Science and Engineering; or contributed to ACM’s educational mission. ACM today recognized Susan H. Rodger, a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the ACM Education Policy Committee, with the 2013 Karl [...]

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USACM Supports Creation of a New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee

USACM today strongly supported the creation of a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee in its comments submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee would serve as a new mechanism for stakeholder input on trade policy issues. USACM encourages the Advisory Committee, once established, to [...]

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Leslie Lamport Recognized With 2013 A.M. Turing Award

Leslie Lamport, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award.  The recognition is for his work in distributed computing systems, as described in the award citation: “For fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of distributed and concurrent systems, notably the invention of concepts such [...]

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ACM Report Urges States to Expand Computer Science Education

Citing the rapid growth of computing jobs in virtually every industry sector in the United States, ACM today issued a report urging states to provide more opportunities for students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete for these high-wage positions. The report, Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs [...]

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Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Hears from USACM

In light of the leaks surrounding U.S. national intelligence surveillance efforts, President Obama appointed a group to review those programs to determine if they are in the best possible balance with other national interests.  This Review Group requested comments from the public on its charge: “[W]hether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United [...]

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Upcoming Event – ACM Turing Award Recipient Dr. Vint Cerf on “Reinventing the Internet”

ACM Turing Award Recipient Dr. Vint Cerf on “Reinventing the Internet” Monday, May 13, 2013, 6:30 pm Google DC 1101 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 Sponsored by: ACM Washington D.C. Chapter Registration is free and open to the public. Early registration is highly encouraged. Seating is limited. To register: http://meetup.dcacm.org/events/106916812/ The Washington, D.C. [...]

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ACM Washington Update Is Back!

After a long hiatus, the ACM Washington Update – a newsletter of computing policy activity published by the ACM Public Policy Office – is back. Yesterday we published a new issue, the second one in this new format. ACM Washington Update, Volume 17, Issue 1 (February 25, 2013) ACM Washington Update, Volume 17, Issue 2 [...]

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ACM Council Endorses New Publishing Policy

ACM released this statement today on changes to its publishing policy. Considering discussions around copyright policy and open access, we thought our readers would be interested in the publishing models ACM is adopting. ACM’s resolve to offer more free access pathways to its respected publications archive will enter a new realm in the coming months [...]

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USACM Expresses Concerns Over Support For Scientific And Technical Conferences

Part of the response to the reported excesses in conference spending involving the General Services Administration has been to restrict conference and travel spending across the government. Several pieces of legislation are working through Congress to implement such restrictions. However, we believe that the legislation, as currently written, would have unintended consequences for scientific, technical [...]

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USACM Makes Recommendations On Continuity Of E-Government

One of the consequences of the recent East Coast storm was that several cloud computing services were knocked off line for several hours. As government services and information make greater use of the web and cloud services, interruptions to those services will have a greater impact during the next outage. To address such a situation, [...]

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The House Will Engage With Cybersecurity Legislation This Week

While Congress has tried to pass major cybersecurity legislation for the last few years, this week marks what could be a major step forward in finally getting a bill to the President’s desk. The House leadership has scheduled four cybersecurity bills for votes on Thursday and Friday of this week. The bills up for consideration [...]

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USACM Offers Recommendations On Data Privacy Codes of Conduct

Part of the Obama Administration’s proposed online privacy initiative involves consumer data privacy codes of conduct. These codes would be developed through a multi-stakeholder process, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for convening those processes. To that end, NTIA released a request for comment in early March (the deadline was extended [...]

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Judea Pearl is the 2011 A.M. Turing Award Recipient

The Association for Computing Machinery has awarded the 2011 A.M. Turing Award, considered the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in Computing, to Judea Pearl, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Pearl is recognized for his work in transforming research in artificial intelligence (AI). From his Turing citation: “Judea Pearl’s [...]

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USACM Comments on the Menlo Report

On Monday USACM submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the Menlo Report, which was issued in September 2011. The goal of the report was to extend ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects to computer and information security research. It based its framework on the Belmont Report for 1979, which developed [...]

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USACM Statement on SOPA and PROTECT IP

This week, as opposing views on the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA – H.R. 3261), come increasingly increasingly into focus—Wikipedia and other opposing organizations stage a blackout, the Motion Picture [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – September 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 9)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the September issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Encourages Deficit Reduction Committee to Remember the Value of Computing

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is the formal name of the “Supercommittee” that is supposed to recommend at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. USACM sent a letter today to the supercommittee that notes the value of computing to the nation, a value that needs consistent investment in order [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – August 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 8)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the August issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Computing Researchers Weigh in on Changes to Human Subjects Research Regulations

The Department of Heath and Human Services is planning to revise what it calls the Common Rule – the regulations overseeing federally funded research involving human subjects. These regulations were last updated in the early 1990s, so the proposed changes try to catch up with the advances in research and in computing since that time. [...]

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Growing Trust – Cybersecurity and the Internet and Information Innovation Sector

In August USACM submitted comments on the draft green paper “Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy” issued by the Internet Policy Task Force of the Department of Commerce. This work by the Task Force is an important recognition of how cybersecurity and privacy can support each other as they help ensure that the online environment [...]

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Computer Science Education Act Introduced in Both Houses

Yesterday, Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and Representative Jared Polis (D-Colorado) introduced legislation to strengthen computer science education in the United States. Called the Computer Science Education Act (CSEA), the bill focuses on K-12 education. Here’s a summary of the key objectives of the bill, taken from the ACM press release: Fund planning grants for states [...]

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ACM Education Policy Chair Testifies to Congress on IT Research and Development

Dr. Robert Schnabel, Dean of the School of Informatics at the University of Indiana and Chair of ACM’s Education Policy Committee, testified before the House Research and Science Education Subcommittee on Thursday. The hearing focused on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD), a U.S. government program that coordinates the various federal [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – July 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 7)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the July issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – June 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 6)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the June issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Summer Recap: Comments on NSTIC Governance

Often things slow down in the summer, but that’s not been the case for USACM this year. We’ve been busy commenting on various government proposals related to computing and will post about that work over the next few days. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is a government-wide effort to work with [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – May 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 5)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the May issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – April 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 4)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the April issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – March 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 3)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the March issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Sony-Prompted Hearing Features Testimony from USACM Chair

Prompted by the massive data breaches of Sony’s networks, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing May 3 on data theft and its effects on consumers. One of the witnesses was USACM Chair Eugene Spafford. The committee has a webpage on the hearing, which includes [...]

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USACM Chair to Testify on Data Breaches

Prompted by the recent data breaches of the PlayStation Network and the email marketing company Epsilon, the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing this Wednesday, May 4, on data breaches. They have invited USACM Chair Eugene Spafford to testify. His testimony will focus on the [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – February 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 2)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the February issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – January 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 1)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the January issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Vice-Chair Testifies on Challenges of Electronic Employment Verification

On April 14, Dr. Annie Ant?n, Vice Chair of USACM and Professor in the Computer Science Department of North Carolina State University, testified in front of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. She was one of the witnesses at a hearing on the Social Security Administration’s role in verifying employment [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – December 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 12)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the December issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM Washington Update Vol. 15.2 (March 16 2011)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] 2010 ACM A.M Turing Award Recognizes Les Valiant [3] USACM Supports Defense Against FY ‘11 Cuts [4] USACM Comments on Federal Trade Commission Online Privacy Report [5] USACM Joins Statement of Concern Over Expansion of Intercept Law [6] Senate Passes Patent Reform Bill [7] About USACM [An archive of all [...]

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2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recognizes Les Valiant

Les Valiant, the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been recognized for his work in machine learning and the theory of computation with the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The Award, which comes with a $250,000 prize, is supported in part by [...]

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USACM Supports Defense Against FY ‘11 Science Cuts

USACM signed a letter sent to the Senate leadership last week urging them to resist the deep cuts to science agency budgets approved recently by the House of Representatives. The cuts would be for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The letter was organized by the Task Force on American Innovation and over 165 [...]

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USACM Comments on Federal Trade Commission Online Privacy Report

On February 18th, USACM submitted comments in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) preliminary staff report concerning online privacy. Titled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change,” the report outlines a proposed privacy framework involving the following general principles: Companies should integrate privacy into their regular business operations (a Privacy by Design [...]

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USACM Joins Statement of Concern Over Expansion of Intercept Law

Today the Center for Democracy and Technology released a statement it developed to respond to possible changes to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). USACM is one of the organizations that signed on to the statement. The statement was developed due to press reports that there are efforts within the executive branch to [...]

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ACM Washington Update Vol. 15.1 (February 16 2011)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Comments on Proposed Web Accessibility Guidance [3] USACM Responds to Department of Commerce Online Privacy Report [4] Computers Freedom And Privacy Conference 2011 [5] NITRD Program Asked for Input on K-12 Computer Science Education [6] President Signs COMPETES Act Reauthorization [7] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – November 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 11)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the November issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Responds to Department of Commerce Online Privacy Report

Last month the Internet Policy Task Force (a Commerce Department group drawing on expertise from the Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration) released a report on commercial data privacy. This complemented the release in the same month of a [...]

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USACM Comments on Proposed Web Accessibility Rules

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, and did not address the Internet. However, the Department of Justice established, most notably through a case involving Target, established that the ADA provisions applied to websites. However, the Department has not been forthcoming with guidance on how websites can be made compliant with the [...]

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ACM Washington Update Vol. 14.5 (January 2011)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] FCC Draws Line in the Net Neutrality Sand [3] Computer Science Education Week Extends its Reach [4] USACM Vice Chair Felten Appointed as First FTC Chief Technologist [5] Web Accessibility Bill Becomes Law [6] USACM Expresses Concern Over Intellectual Property Piracy Bill [7] ACM and CSTA Release Report Outlining Challenges [...]

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Computer Science Education Week Extends Its Reach

This is a repost from Blog@CACM, the blog connected to Communications of the ACM It was written by Debra Richardson, Chair of the 2010 Computer Science Education Week, and ACM Director of Public Policy Cameron Wilson. The 2nd annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) wrapped up last week, and thanks to some incredible partner support [...]

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Cybersecurity Policy Discussion Will Include USACM Chair

On November 22, former national cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke will discuss cybeersecurity and cybersecurity policy at the AAAS in Washington, D.C. As part of the discussion, a panel of experts will join Mr. Clarke to discuss the challenges of forming and implementing government cybersecurity policy. One of those experts is USACM Chair Eugene Spafford. He [...]

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USACM Vice Chair Felten Appointed as First FTC Chief Technologist

Ed Felten, noted computer science researcher, Director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and one of USACM’s Vice Chairs, has been appointed Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This is a new position for the Commission (the Federal Communications Commission has had one for years), and Felten will serve for a one-year [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – October 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 10)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the October issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM and CSTA Release Report Outlining Challenges in K-12 Computer Science Education

At a National Press Club event earlier today, ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) released its report Running on Empty. According to the report, roughly two-thirds of the country have few computer science education standards for secondary school education, and most states treat high school computer science courses as simply an elective and [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – September 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 9)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the September issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – August 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 8)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the August issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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CS Education Gets Congressional Attention

Last week was a huge one for computer science education in the Nation’s Capital. Congressmen from both parties introduced two pieces of legislation – The Computer Science Education Act and the Computer Science Education Week Resolution – intended to help strengthen computer science education. I’ve written before that the road to education reform is long, and progress will [...]

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USACM and SIGPLAN Comment on SEC Python Proposal

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued a request for comments on proposed changes to the rules regulating asset-backed securities. Part of the suggested changes included a requirement to file a computer program of the contractual cash flow provisions expressed in a particular computer language – Python. In connection with ACM’s Special Interest Group for [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – July 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 7)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the July issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Comments on National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

In late June the White House issued a second Draft of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. They opened a public comment process only on an Ideascale online space for three weeks. As a result, USACM was only able to generate a short list of comments on the draft strategy, which it submitted [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 14.4 (July 9, 2010)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM and ACM’s Education Policy Committee Offer Support for COMPETES [3] USACM Releases Issue Brief on Internet Voting [4] USACM Comments on Internet Privacy Bill Discussion Draft [5] Yet Another Cybersecurity Bill Introduced in Congress [6] Federal Communications Commission Looks for Third Way to Address Broadband [7] About USACM [An [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – June 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 6)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the June issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Releases Issue Brief on Military and Overseas Internet Voting

The U.S. Public Policy Council of the Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) has developed an issue brief on internet voting as it relates to military and overseas voters. This issue brief is part of a series, which includes briefs on REAL ID and Electronic Employment Verification Systems. The brief focuses on the challenges of voting [...]

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USACM Comments on Internet Privacy Bill Discussion Draft

Representatives Rick Boucher (D-Virginia) and Cliff Stearns (R-Florida), who are the chair and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, introduced a discussion draft of an internet privacy bill in early May. This was done to solicit comments from the public and interested stakeholders prior to officially introducing the bill. You [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – May 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 5)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the May issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM Education Policy Committee and USACM Offer Support for COMPETES Reauthorization Bill

The House Science and Technology Committee recently marked up a bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. In recognition of this effort, the ACM Education Policy Committee and the U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM sent the Committee a letter expressing its support for the reauthorization. The letter focused on the provisions of the bill [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 14.3 (May 6, 2010)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Competes Act Reauthorization Gets Rolling [3] Open Government Plans Released and Guidance Issued on Social Networking [4] FCC Broadband Plan Stalled by Court Case [5] Draft Internet Privacy Bill Released to Public [6] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions of Washington Update is available at http://www.acm.org/usacm/update/]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – April 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 4)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the April issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 14.2 (April 6, 2010)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] 2009 ACM Turing Award Goes to Charles Thacker [3] USACM and CRA Express Concerns with Senate Cybersecurity Bill [4] Science Funding Does Well in FY2011 Budget Request [5] NSF Revamps Computing Education Programs [6] State Education Standards Proposal Holds Promise for Computer Science [7] Federal Communications Commission Releases National Broadband [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – March 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 3)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the March issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM and CRA Express Concerns Over Cybersecurity Legislation

Lost within all the health care legislation coverage was the release of a new draft of S.773, the Cybersecurity Act of 2010. The new draft was released a week before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of this legislation. The bill had made some waves last summer when [...]

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Charles Thacker Recognized With 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award

In recognition of his work in developing the modern personal computer, Charles P. Thacker was awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The Award, which comes with a $250,000 prize, is supported in part by Intel and Google, and is considered the top prize in computing. It is named for the British mathematician Alan Turing, [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – February 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 2)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the February issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 14.1 (February 1, 2010)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] First Computer Science Education Week Finishes Strong [3] USACM Supports Expanded FCC Technical Advice [4] FY 2010 Budgets Show Increases for Science Agencies [5] Data Security Bills Pass the House [6] Obama Administration Finally Releases Open Government Directive [7] Technical Guidelines Development Committee Ends Two-Year Hiatus [8] About USACM [An [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – January 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 1)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the January issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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USACM Supports Bill to Expand FCC Technical Capacity

USACM has sent Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) a letter of support for her bill to expand the technical advising capacity of the Federal Communications Commission. The bill, S. 2881, is called the FCC Commissioners Technical Resource Enhancement Act, and would allow each FCC Commissioner to add one staff assistant position to the three they are [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – December 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 12)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the December issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.9 (December 7, 2009)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Computer Science Education Week Launches [3] Cybersecurity Receives Congressional Attention [4] Data Security Bills Approved by Senate [5] Google Revises Google Books’ Settlement Agreement [6] PASS ID Legislation Moving Forward [7] Call for Papers: ACM Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) Conference [8] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – November 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 11)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the November issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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A Week For Computer Science Education

Computer science education reform is going to come in fits and starts working on issues from the top down (national media, federal policy, etc.) and the bottom up (in schools, districts, states, etc.). This week the “top down” piece got a nice boost from Congress by passing a resolution designating the week of December 7 [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – October 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 10)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the October issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.8 (October 8, 2009)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] ACM Argues for Computer Science Education in Kansas [3] FCC Chairman Plans to Create Net Neutrality Rules [4] House Committee Approves Two Technology Bills [5] Cybersecurity Research Legislation Approved by Subcommittee [6] Article Explores the Long Road to Computer Science Education Reform [7] USACM Releases FY2009 Annual Report [8] USACM [...]

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CS Education in the States

If you’ve read a recent piece I co-wrote in Communications of the ACM (membership required), you know that the States largely drive education decisions in the US. Because of this, our community has to play “wack-a-mole” when we hear about issues that pop up in the fifty states affecting computer science education. Luckily, the Computer [...]

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USACM Looks Back at FY 2009

The ACM’s Policy Office staff and USACM’s leadership have compiled USACM’s annual report for the past fiscal year – 2009 (which ended June 30). This year’s report contains descriptions of USACM’s work on advancing computer science education and innovation, electronic voting, privacy, and security. The report details testimonies given by our members as well as [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – September 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 9)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the September issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM [...]

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