August 2003 Public Policy Computer Graphics Column
Changes in the SIGGRAPH Public Policy Program
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SIGGRAPH has an excellent tradition of volunteers not doing the same
job for too long. Elected positions have term limits and most appointed
and committee positions have a healthy volunteer turnover. I've chaired
the Public Policy Program since its beginning about seven years ago and
it's time for a change.
We've been looking for someone to take over the position, perhaps
starting out as co-chair, for a couple of years but as of this writing
(April 2003), we haven't found anyone. I'm disappointed, but not
surprised. There are two difficulties: most people are not in a
position where technology policy activities are a help in their career
and there's considerable specialized knowledge that's required.
Therefore, I plan to resign as Chair of SIGGRAPH's Public Policy
Program at the time of the conference in San Diego.
However, I do not plan to abandon my interest and activities in
technology policy entirely. I will continue as a member of ACM's US
Policy Committee (USACM) and perhaps even make more contributions
there. USACM has the advantage of having a staffed Washington office.
There is also the workload; it's beginning to interfere with my
retirement! When we started having events at the conference the amount
of work increased significantly. I also significantly underestimated
the reading required. In November 2001, I started an electronic
bibliography of the technology policy articles I've read. Currently
there are over 2,000 entries, although there is some duplication
because I frequently file an article in more than one place. This is an
average of at least 3 per day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year! Add in the job
of the quarterly column, watching over the website, maintaining the
bibliography, organizing a BOF and my USACM work it has become a big job.
I've had some great help from Myles Losch, Laurie Reinhart and David
Richard Nelson. Plus the guidance of folks like Jim Foley, Oscar
Garcia, Mike McGrath, Mike Zyda, Judy Brown, Steve Cunningham and all
the contributors to the column, panel and courses.