ACM-Europe Policy News

September 2015


  • Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of Julia Reda's own-initiative report on harmonising EU copyright rules, but presented amendments.
  • Marietje Schaake, from the European Parliament, presented a report calling for more coherence between EU external actions, its internal policies related to ICT regarding technologies and human rights (TTIP, cybersecurity, surveillance systems, etc.).
  • The association European Digital Rights (EDRi) -formed by 33 privacy and civil rights associations from EU member states- presented an updated version of their comments on the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.  The key points refer to:
    • the legislative transparency and the right to access documents held by public bodies;
    • the liability of internet intermediaries online;
    • law enforcement online (...) in pursuit of “national security” leaves room for arbitrary restrictions of universal human rights.



The 21 Horizon 2020 High Performance Computing projects selected following the call for proposals "Towards exascale high performance computing" and will start this Autumn.


  • Digital Single Market in the EU: Briefing (September 2015) on the ongoing actions, the actions to be developed during 2015 and 2016 and the difficulties that the stakeholders are finding within the member states.
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the report "Digital Economy Outlook 2015" and the book "Inquiries into Intellectual Property's Economic Impact" that could be interesting regarding the consultations on the European modernization of copyright rules and the possible ACM-Europe draft on "Copyright text and data mining".
  • The OECD published the report Students, Computers and Learning, based on results from PISA 2012 evaluation. The report shows no strong link between the use of computers and a better performance in the standardized tests.


  • new award to recognize High school students in computing is organized by ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in the U.S. Four winners will be selected annually and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize and cost of travel to the annual ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception where students will demonstrate their programs and discuss their work. The application period will close in January 2016.
  • The ACM Public Policy Award accepts nominations to honor the contributions of an individual, or a small group, who has had a significant impact on the formation or execution of public policy related to computing. The call is open until November, 30th.


Past events (during September) where members of EUACM participated:

  • ACM Europe Council meeting (London, 1/9)
  • Eurolab 4HPC Kick of Meeting (Brussels, 7/9 - 8/9)
  • Research Data Alliance (RDA), 6th plenary meeting (Paris, 22/9 - 25/9): The theme of the meeting was “Enterprise Engagement with a focus on Research Data for Climate Change”. 
  • European Extreme Data and Computing (EXCDI) (Rome, 29/9 - 30/9): workshop that aims to establish collaborations between the Centres of Excellence (CoE), the FETHPC projects, PRACE and ETP4HPC; and to delineate connections between the stakeholders as this is one of the objectives of EXDCI.

Upcoming events (during October) where members of EUACM will participate:

  • ICT2015 (Lisbon, 19/10 - 22/10): Event organized by the European Commission and the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia to present and debate new policies and initiatives with regard to Research & Innovation in ICT.
  • CGW (Krakow, 26/10 - 28/10): Its aim is to support the community of researchers, developers, and practitioners who work in the fascinating field of e-Science and distributed computing infrastructures, including grids and clouds.