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September 2015


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The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal: Counterpoint

The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal

In "Should Conferences Meet Journals and Where?" ACM Publications Board co-chairs Joseph A. Konstan and Jack W. Davidson introduce a proposal that would interweave conference and journal publishing. Here, computer scientist David…


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The Rise of the Robo Notice

The Rise of the Robo Notice

Examining the conflicting claims involving the use of automated tools in copyright-related notice-and-takedown procedures.


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Experiments as Research Validation: Have We Gone Too Far?

Experiments as Research Validation

Reconsidering conference paper reviewers' requirements for experimental evidence.


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Theory Without Experiments: Have We Gone Too Far?

Theory Without Experiments

Seeking a better understanding of computing through a mixture of theory and appropriate experimental evidence.


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Automated Education and the Professional

Automated Education and the Professional

Technology boffins argue the new technologies of intelligent personal learning environments will put universities out of business. Will the purported successor, an automated global virtual university, be up to the task of professional…

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