USACM is committed to ensuring that intellectual property rights are protected. How those rights are enforced can block other, legitimate uses of intellectual property, as many computer science researchers and developers have discovered. USACM encourages policymakers to adopt policies that address specific user behaviors, rather than broadly prohibiting technologies that may be used for both desirable and undesirable purposes. Policy should not prohibit an otherwise beneficial technology just because it can be used for an illegal purpose. Additionally, policymakers need to make sure that fair uses of intellectual property are preserved. Without fair use rights, researchers, students and others cannot effectively exchange knowledge and information.

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates
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  • (Posted on 11-May-15)
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  • (Posted on 11-May-15)
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  • (Posted on 09-May-15)
  • Washington News – Alerts and Updates
    * ACM named Michael Stonebraker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. * ACM named Dan Boneh recipient of the 2014 ACM-Infosys F ...Read More

  • (Posted on 14-Apr-15)
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  • (Posted on 19-Mar-15)
  • Washington News – Alerts and Updates
    * USACM sent congratulatory letters to the three new Commissioners of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The letter recommends reestablishing the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, updating the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines, updating the testing and certifica ...Read More

  • (Posted on 25-Feb-15)