ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021


Three times each week, ACM provides coverage in brief of established and emerging areas of computer science, the latest trends in information technology, and related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics news to a global audience of more than 110,000 readers, in the form of ACM TechNews. A benefit of ACM membership, ACM TechNews is assembled from hundreds of relevant English-language technology publications from all over the world, in order to help keep ACM’s members informed and up to date on a wide range of technology topics.

ACM tracks readers’ click on the dozen or so links in each ACM TechNews edition that provide access to the full texts of each of ACM TechNews article abstract, in order to stay on top of readers’ topic preferences. We use that capability to dig through the data to determine which of the more than 2,200 article abstracts delivered during the course of the year were most popular with readers, based on the numbers of clicks each received to access the full article.

Looking at the 10 most clicked-on ACM TechNews articles during the course of 2021, one major theme appears to the the coronavirus pandemic, with reporting ranging from detection to technological solutions for contact tracing to ways in which technology has helped compensate for the labor shortage. Other topics include international competitiveness in artificial intelligence, the growth in demand for cybersecurity specialists, and ethical guidelines for quantum computing.

The most popular single ACM TechNews article abstract clicked on last year was “U.S. Leading Race in AI, with China Rising: Survey,” an article from The Times of India that appeared in the January 29, 2021 edition.

The 10 most frequently clicked-on content links in ACM TechNews during 2020 were:


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Lawrence M. Fisher is Senior Editor/News for ACM Magazines.

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