Although most of us working in HCI have no background in public policy, non-governmental and governmental policy decisions have a major impact on the work that we do. This is true across the globe. As researchers we are used to collaborating internationally; therefore, I know not everyone within the research community is comfortable discussing public policy issues, which are often country-specific in focus. Whereas research in HCI tends to be international, public policy tends to be national. As an example, this article describes the many U.S. government policy actions that have impacted the field of human-computer interaction during the…
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