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New SIGCHI US Public Policy Committee

A new group within SIGCHI aims to educate and advocate for HCI-related issues as it relates to public policy in the US.

The SIGCHI US Public Policy Committee provides a voice for SIGCHI in addressing HCI issues in US of public policy

We are happy to announce a new SIGCHI group to help raise awareness of HCI-related issues.

We are:

  • Ben Bederson, University of Maryland
  • Harry Hochheiser, National Institute on Aging
  • Jeff Johnson, UI Wizards
  • Clare-Marie Karat, IBM Research
  • Jonathan Lazar, Towson University

Committee charter:

The use of computer technology in a wide range of critical aspects of American life makes their design an important policy issue. The quality of human-computer interaction (HCI) has become a crucial factor in endeavors such as voting, electronic commerce, online government, and telecommunications.

The SIGCHI US Public Policy Committee provides a voice for SIGCHI in addressing HCI issues in US of public policy. This function includes:

  • Providing perspective and guidance to SIGCHI on public policy matters.
  • Supporting SIGCHI and its members in providing HCI experts when and where needed to inform public policy in the U.S.
  • Educating technology professionals, the public, the press, and policymakers about the importance of assuring that technology is usable and useful, and the vital role that CHI professionals can play in achieving greater usability;
  • Coordinating with the US ACM policy committee and public policy committees of non-ACM organizations (e.g., UPA, HFES, IEEE-USA).

Our initial activities will include outreach for HCI issues related to voting systems, and the development of an expert database of people that can effectively communicate HCI issues to the press and general public.  If you are interested in being on this list, please send us your contact information, relevant expertise, and a short description of any experience you have working with the press or public.

While our focus is on the US, we hope to be a model for world-wide groups that might form to advocate for HCI-related issues everywhere.

If you have thoughts about what you’d like our committee to do for SIGCHI, or ideas about how you want to help, let us know!


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