ACM Releases Tech Brief on Safer Algorithmic Systems

ACM’s Technology Policy Council released “ACM TechBrief: Safer Algorithmic Systems.” The TechBrief highlights the fact that the ubiquity of algorithmic systems creates serious risks that are not being adequately addressed. The key conclusions of the TechBrief are: (1) to promote safer algorithmic systems, research is needed on both human-centered and technical software development methods, improved testing, audit trails, and monitoring mechanisms, as well as training and governance; (2) building organisational safety cultures requires management leadership, focus in hiring and training, adoption of safety-related practices, and continuous attention; and (3) internal and independent human-centered oversight mechanisms, both within government and organisations, are necessary to promote safer algorithmic systems.

Read the press release here.

ACM’s Europe Policy Group Comments on EC Cyber Resilience Consultation

ACM Europe’s Technology Policy Committee recently responded to a detailed “radio button” questionnaire and supplemented its selections with several key written points, These include: endorsing the promotion of secure-by-design and secure-by-default engineering approaches; warning of an increased likelihood of state actors, or their proxies, using cyber-attacks; urging the development of secure-by-design principles specific to machine learning systems; the importance horizontal cybersecurity requirements at a European level; and that risk-based assessments should be conducted in all EU Member States by competent national authorities. 

Read the entire document here.

ACM Europe Call for Proposals for Seasonal Schools 2023 

The ACM Europe Council invites proposals for the organization of seasonal schools in 2023 under the ACM Europe umbrella in keeping with the successful summer school series on HPC and Data Science. Proposals will be evaluated based on the educational merits and organizational and financial plans. The submission deadline is 10 March, 2023. Notifications will be given on 10 April, 2023

Visit the ACM Europe Call for Seasonal Summer Schools page for more information.

Watch the ACM TechTalk with Zhamak Dehghani 

Register now for the TechTalk, “State of Data Mesh” with Zhamak Dehghani, founder and CEO of Nextdata, taking place March 7, 2023 12:00 pm ET (5 pm UTC). Standing at an inflection point is a magical experience. It’s where we look at what has come before, learn from it, and choose a new path. Data Mesh has motivated many organizations to stand at an inflection point. It has surfaced the underlying conditions for slow and costly attempts in getting value from data, and it has set the eyes on a new destination. But the motivation alone is not enough. In this talk, Zhamak tells a short story of why we are here and what has happened before the inflection point of Data Mesh.

Visit the TechTalks Archive for our full archive of past TechTalks.

Featured ACM Member: Jeanna Matthews

Jeanna N. Matthews is a Professor of Computer Science at Clarkson University and an affiliate of the non-profit research organisation Data & Society. Her current work focuses on securing societal decision-making processes and supporting the rights of individuals in a world of automation. She has published research in a broad range of systems topics from virtualisation and cloud computing to social media security and distributed file systems. In her interview, Matthews discusses her interest in operating systems, civil discourse in computing, fair and transparent algorithms, and more.

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ACM ByteCast Interviews Team V Bionic

ACM ByteCast is ACM’s series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In this episode of ACM ByteCast, Rashmi Mohan hosts members of the team V Bionic, who won the Imagine Cup 2022 grand prize for ExoHeal, a modular exoskeletal hand rehabilitation device that utilises neuroplasticity and Azure technology to provide adaptive and gamified rehabilitation exercises to people with hand paralysis. The team includes Zain A. Samdani, Faria Zubair, Asfia Jabeen Zubair, and Ramin Udash. The guests describe their backgrounds, how they got involved in computing and robotics, how ExoHeal works, the biggest challenges the team faced while building it, how they’ve been able to make it portable and affordable, and much more.

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Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Madhusudan Singh

Madhusudan Singh is the Director of the ReBlockchain Group and a faculty member at ECIS, Woosong University, South Korea. He also serves as the Chief Technical Officer at Coikosity Pvt Ltd. His fields of interest are Cyber-Physical Systems, Blockchain Technologies, and Industry 4.0. He is a Springer Nature series Editor of Blockchain Technologies and also the author of several books, patents, and articles. In the past, he has worked as a Research Professor at YICT, Yonsei University, South Korea, and as a senior engineer in the R&D Division of Mobile Display at Samsung Display. His lectures include “Automotive Cyber Security: Perspective and Challenges,” “Decentralized Trusted Platform for Requirement Engineering,” and more. He is available to speak through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program. He is available to speak through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program.

Read more and browse Singh’s lectures.