acm-header
Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Recent Opinion


bg-corner

Inducing Innovation With Prizes
From ACM TechNews

Inducing Innovation With Prizes

The successful completion of the Netflix Prize competition demonstrates that prizes are a viable mechanism for encouraging research in the computing fields, writes...

Should Airlines Let Passengers Make Calls Via Wi-Fi?
From ACM Opinion

Should Airlines Let Passengers Make Calls Via Wi-Fi?

Roger Flessing was on an American Airlines flight to Seattle recently when he began speaking with his son on his iPhone. He wasn't making a conventional cellphone...

Kode Reviews 101
From Communications of the ACM

Kode Reviews 101

A review of code review do's and don'ts.

Dealing with the Venture Capital Crisis
From Communications of the ACM

Dealing with the Venture Capital Crisis

The venture capital industry, like financial services in general, has fallen on hard times. Part of the problem is that large payoffs...

Reflections on Conficker
From Communications of the ACM

Reflections on Conficker

Conficker's alarming growth rate in early 2009 along with the apparent mystery surrounding its ultimate purpose had raised concern among...

Computing in the Depression Era
From Communications of the ACM

Computing in the Depression Era

Since its beginning, the computer industry has been through several major recessions, each occurring  approximately five years...

Contagious Craziness, Spreading Sanity
From Communications of the ACM

Contagious Craziness, Spreading Sanity

Some examples of the upward or downward spiral of behaviors in the workplace.

How Indian It Became a Respected Global Brand
From ACM Opinion

How Indian It Became a Respected Global Brand

The so-called "Internet Age" we live in imposes what is being called "Internet speed." This accelerated lifestyle is exemplified in an extreme form by the saying...

The Case Against Literary (and Software) Patents
From ACM Opinion

The Case Against Literary (and Software) Patents

Imagine the outcry if the courts were to legalize patents on English prose. Suddenly, you could get a "literary patent" on novels employing a particular kind of...

World War 3.0: 10 Critical Trends For Cybersecurity
From ACM Opinion

World War 3.0: 10 Critical Trends For Cybersecurity

"Cybersecurity is the soft underbelly of this country," outgoing U.S. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell declared in a valedictory address to reporters...

Actually, Obama Doesn't Want to Take Over The Internet
From ACM Opinion

Actually, Obama Doesn't Want to Take Over The Internet

A number of people are up in arms about a new bill going through the U.S. Senate that allows President Obama to "take over private networks." Oh no! That would...

Dhs Cybersecurity Chiefs Speak Out
From ACM TechNews

Dhs Cybersecurity Chiefs Speak Out

As federal agencies continue to brainstorm ways to effectively oversee cybersecurity, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is increasing its foothold...

The Grill: Aaron Walsh
From ACM TechNews

The Grill: Aaron Walsh

Boston College professor Aaron E. Walsh has a vision of making state-of-the-art education freely available to anyone with a computer and Internet connectivity through...

The Grill: Aaron Walsh
From ACM TechNews

The Grill: Aaron Walsh

Boston College professor Aaron E. Walsh has a vision of making state-of-the-art education freely available to anyone with a computer and Internet connectivity through...

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes
From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes, the designer and builder of the EDSAC, passed away on Nov. 29 at age 97. He reflects on his career in this 2009 interview.

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes
From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes, the designer and builder of the EDSAC, passed away on Nov. 29 at age 97. He reflects on his career in this 2009 interview.

The Long Road to Computer Science Education Reform
From Communications of the ACM

The Long Road to Computer Science Education Reform

Viewing the factors impeding improvements to CS education from kindergarten through grade 12 from a policy perspective.

How ICT Advances Might Help Developing Nations
From Communications of the ACM

How ICT Advances Might Help Developing Nations

Some predictions for technology developments, deployments, and the associated societal implications.

Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science
From Communications of the ACM

Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science

Computing is as fundamental as the physical, life, and social sciences.

Keeping Track of Telecommunications Surveillance
From Communications of the ACM

Keeping Track of Telecommunications Surveillance

The creation of a statistical index of U.S. telecommunications surveillance activities and their results will benefit both civil liberties and law enforcement.
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account