Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – June 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 6)

By David Bruggeman

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the June 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.

Beyond the Smart Grid by Tom Geller
While most references to the smart grid cover the potential impact on energy savings, the networking and monitoring of household devices have the potential to provide more benefits than a smaller utility bill.

Privacy and Security
Myths and Fallacies of ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ by Arvind Narayanan and Vitaly Shmatikov
The exponential growth in the collection of data and the ability to sift through it quickly has weakened the ability to effectively disconnect data from the person it describes. This has significant consequences for policies that come from a time when de-identifying data was considered effective privacy protection on its own.

Viewpoints: Law and Technology
Intel’s Rebates: Above Board or Below the Belt? by François Lévêque
A review of the antitrust case involving Intel and its use of rebate payments.