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January 2009


From Communications of the ACM

How Are We Doing?

How Are We Doing?

A rabbinical story tells about an angry reader who stormed into a newspaper office waving the day's paper, asking to see the editor of the obituary column.


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True Seeds of Open-Source Software

True Seeds of Open-Source Software

Though I appreciated Martin Campbell-Kelly's "Viewpoint" "Will the Future of Software Be Open Source?" (Oct. 2008), we must still rectify a small piece of history to apportion credit correctly.


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Communications Preps Web-Enhanced Articles

<i>Communications</i> Preps Web-Enhanced Articles


From Communications of the ACM

Law and Technology: The End of the Generative Internet

Law and Technology: The End of the Generative Internet

Exploring the expectations and implications for version 2.0 of the Net's new gated communities.


From Communications of the ACM

Ground Control to Architect Tom . . .

Ground Control to Architect Tom . . .

Architecture astronauts habitually speak at extremely high levels of abstraction to avoid engaging in tangible discussions that might lead to disclosing that they really have no idea of what they are talking about. 


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The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper

The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper

The next generation of software engineering will involve designing systems without using paper-based formats, instead using software to develop software.


From Communications of the ACM

Technology Strategy and Management: The Legacy of Bill Gates

Technology Strategy and Management: The Legacy of Bill Gates

Assessing the pluses and minuses of the helmsmanship of Microsoft Corporation since its inception.


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Viewpoint: Scaling the Academic Publication Process to Internet Scale

Viewpoint: Scaling the Academic Publication Process to Internet Scale

A proposal to remedy problems in the reviewing process.


From Communications of the ACM

Q&A: The Upper Limit

Q&A: The Upper Limit

Jeannette Wing talks about clusters, creativity, and the power of computational thinking.


From Communications of the ACM

Why eBay Lost to TaoBao in China: the Glocal advantage

How Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) electronic-commerce platforms in China compete and how buyers are stimulated to be both aware and trustful of sellers through buyer-seller communication channels.

Blog at CACM
Cybersecurity in the Trump Era
Cybersecurity in the Trump Era
03.27.2017

Deterrence is simply the wrong way to think about cybersecurity.

Ethical Theories Spotted in Silicon Valley
Ethical Theories Spotted in Silicon Valley
03.16.2017

Some of the prevailing theories of ethics surface in modern high tech.  We take a quick and rather superficial look …

Just Press Reboot
Just Press Reboot
03.13.2017

Why does the press continue to talk about "computer problems"?

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On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above …

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
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Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs …

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University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most …

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