Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – September 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 9)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the September issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM to access premium content online.

News: Society
Remaking American Medicine by Neil Savage
A review of recent reports on health information technology from the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.

Viewpoint: Law and Technology
Remix Nation by Rebecca Tushnet
A discussion of how the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act influence the practice of fair use.

Emerging Markets
Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing by Ron Babin, Steve Briggs, and Brian Nicholson
The article summarizes the increasing participation in corporate social responsibility projects by companies involved in global information technology outsourcing.

Contributed Articles
Protecting Users of the Cyber Commons by Stephen Lukasik
A discussion of the need for both top-down and bottom-up schemes for improving cybersecurity.

USACM Encourages Deficit Reduction Committee to Remember the Value of Computing

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is the formal name of the “Supercommittee” that is supposed to recommend at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. USACM sent a letter today to the supercommittee that notes the value of computing to the nation, a value that needs consistent investment in order to contribute to the nation’s recovery.

The letter notes how information technology and computing have contributed to U.S. economic prosperity over the last few decades. Besides providing a critical boost to the nation’s economy, computing and information technology also help the country maintain and improve its security and safety. This investment should be made in both education and research.

Recognizing the challenges facing the Committee, the letter argues for not injuring investments in innovation (including computing) in the cuts that it recommends to the full Congress. The final vote must take place in Congress by December 23, so time is running short.

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – August 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 8)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the August issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM to access premium content online.

News: Technology
Supercomputing’s Exaflop Target by Tom Geller
Geller recounts the current state of supercomputing activity, and the political implications of winning or losing the race for the fastest supercomputer.

Viewpoints: Privacy and Security
As Simple As Possible – But Not More So by S.M. Bellovin, S.O. Bradner, W. Diffie, S. Landau, and J. Rexford
The authors review the U.S. government’s EINSTEIN program for detecting and preventing intrusions on computer networks, discussing the challenges in implementing such a system in the private sector.