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Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 17:47:02 -0500
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SIG MEETING at CHI 2005 in Portland: Making an Impact in Your Community: HCI and US Public Policy

Jonathan Lazar, Ben Bederson, Harry Hochheiser, Jeff Johnson, Clare-Marie Karat
Wednesday, 11:30-13:00, Room B115-B116

To help address public policy concerns in the USA, in 2004, a new CHI committee was formed for US Public Policy <http://sigchi.org/uspolicy/>. This group within SIGCHI aims to educate policymakers and the public about CHI-related issues as they relate to public policy in the United States.
 
The specific goals of the CHI US Public Policy Committee are:
*   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 USACM policy committee and public policy committees of non-ACM organizations (e.g., UPA, HFES, IEEE-USA)

This session is intended mainly for people who are interested in how CHI expertise can affect US Public Policy. This is because CHI's current public policy committee focuses on U.S. public policy. However, we encourage those that are interested in forming CHI Public Policy committees for their countries to attend the SIG session. Also, this session will be useful to anyone that would like to learn more about CHI and Public Policy.

Schedule of Discussion Topics
1.     Introduction (5 minutes)
2.     Discussion of goals for the CHI US Public Policy Committee (CUSPPC) and previous policy statements from the committee (10 minutes)
3.     Distribution of survey (5 minutes)
4.     Suggestions from attendees for next issues that CUSPPC should address (30 minutes)
5.     Suggestions on how to get volunteers involved (20 minutes)
6.     Discussion of how CUSPPC can work to help create similar groups around the world (15 minutes)
7.     Summary of SIG session (5 minutes)

Expected Outcome of Session

The purpose of a SIG is to help build a community of interest. We hope that our SIG will have the following outcomes:
1.     Make people aware of the existence of the CHI US Public Policy Committee.
2.     Sign up volunteers to assist in our committee mission.  Specifically, compile a nationwide list of CHI experts who are willing to speak to policymakers and the press.
3.     Collect survey data on the major CHI-related public policy issues.
4.     Publish the survey and session results in Interactions or the CHI Bulletin.
5.     Lay the groundwork to plan a workshop on CHI and Public Policy for CHI 2006

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