We, the undersigned researchers, technologists and citizens, demand that the Association for Computing Machinery make the complete contents of the Digital Library available to everybody.
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Computer science research is largely funded by the public, for the public good. The results of this research are presented in papers, often published by the Association for Computing Machinery, but the authors edit and typeset the articles themselves, and other scientists in the community peer-review them as volunteers. At the end of this process, the finished papers are not made available to the public by the publisher. Only those with a subscription to the ACM Digital Library, such as researchers from institutions that pay a fee to the ACM, are granted access to this taxpayer-funded work.
It doesn't have to be this way. If other professional societies in computing, such as USENIX, the Association for Computational Linguistics and NIPS (among others) can commit to Open Access, then the ACM can also find a way to make it work. Computer science research is too important to hide behind a paywall, and in any case it rightly belongs to the public. The ACM states as its purpose "... serving both professional and public interests by fostering the open interchange of information..." -- we simply want it to succeed at this excellent goal.
So add your name! Individual signers may pledge any or all of the following, until all of the ACM Digital Library is fully accessible to the public: (a) refuse to publish in ACM venues, (b) refuse to review for ACM venues, or (c) refuse to buy or renew ACM memberships.
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