The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the global computing society, has chartered a Potomac professional chapter led by technology and policy professionals in Washington, DC. ACM has been providing a platform for exchanging information and ideas since 1947. At present, ACM engages and assists computing professionals and students from more than 100 countries encompassing all areas of industry, academia, and government. In addition, computing professionals from universities, research institutes, companies, and government agencies of the Capital can actively participate in this chapter of ACM.
The chapter has a number of missions that drive its activities and initiatives. These include:
- Advancing computing as a science and a profession: the chapter aims to promote the advancement of computing as a science and profession by providing a forum for exchanging ideas and information and supporting research and development in the field.
- Promoting the highest professional and ethical standards: the chapter advocates for the highest professional and ethical standards in the computing profession. It encourages its members to act with integrity, respect individuals’ privacy, and use technology responsibly and ethically.
- Supporting the education and development of computing professionals: the chapter supports the education and development of computing professionals at all levels, from students to experienced professionals. It provides a range of resources, including publications, conferences, and training programs, to help members stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and best practices.
- Fostering collaboration and networking among computing professionals: the chapter seeks to foster collaboration and networking among computing professionals around the world. It supports the formation of local chapters and special interest groups, which allow members to connect with colleagues in their area and exchange information and ideas.
- Advocating for policies that advance the computing profession: the chapter advocates for policies that advance the computing profession and promote the responsible use of technology. It works with governments, industry, and other stakeholders to develop policies that support innovation, promote privacy and security, and ensure that technology is used in a way that benefits society.