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SIGCAS Mission

by kanthou — last modified 2014-01-18 01:57

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SIGCAS is the ACM Special Interest Group that addresses the social and ethical consequences of widespread computer usage. SIGCAS' main goals are to raise awareness about the impact that technology has on society, and to support and advance the efforts of those who are involved in this important work.

Our members are computer professionals from both industry and academia, as well as ethicists, psychologists, sociologists and others. We welcome students from a variety of disciplines. Our areas of involvement include computer ethics, universal access to computer technology, security, privacy, and reliability. We collaborate with other ACM bodies that are engaged in related work, such as USACM, SIGITE and SIGCSE. See the Conferences page for details of our upcoming SIGCSE pre-event, amongst other SIGCAS sponsored events.

Testimonial from Ben Shneiderman...
SIGCAS's importance grows as information and communications technologies proliferate. The dangers of inequality are severe; the perils of privacy invasion are troubling.
...SIGCAS can play an important role in promoting universal usability and international development with appropriate technologies, research and deployment of effective voting technologies, and comprehensible privacy/security protection.

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