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 The Association for Computing Machinery
 
The Association for Computing Machinery (the ACM) was founded in
1947, immediately after Eckert and Mauchly unveiled one of the first
electronic computers, the ENIAC, in 1946.  Since then, the ACM has
grown by leaps and bounds, becoming one of the leading educational
and scientific societies in the computer industry.
 
The ACM's stated purposes are:
 
To advance the sciences and arts of information processing;
 
To promote the free interchange of information about the sciences and
arts of information processing both among specialists and among the
public;
 
To develop and maintain the integrity and competence of individuals
engaged in the practices of the sciences and arts of information
processing.
 
Membership in the ACM has grown from seventy-eight in September, 1947,
to over 77,000 today.  There are local chapters around the world, and
many colleges and universities endorse student chapters.  Lecturers
frequent these meetings, which tend to be one step above the normal
``user group'' gathering.  A large variety of published material is
also available at discounted prices for members of the association.
 
The ACM has a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that
concentrate on a certain area of computing, ranging from graphics to
the Ada programming language to security.  Each of the SIGs also
publishes its own newsletter.  There is a Usenet group, comp.org.acm,
for the discussion of ACM topics.  Usenet News for more information
on reading news.
 
For more information and a membership application, write to:
 
Assocation for Computing Machinery
1515 Broadway
New York City, NY  10036
ACMHELP@ACMVM.BITNET
(212) 869-7440
 
 Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
from their letter to prospective members