Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – February 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 2)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the February 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
Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases, by Gregory Goth
Review of processor algorithms that could lead to significant cost and energy savings. Also considered are the new research questions posed by the new technologies.

News: Society
Following the Crowd by Samuel Greengard
Discussion of crowdsourcing and how private and public sector organizations have tapped into the phenomenon.

Viewpoints: Privacy and Security
Against Cyberterrorism by Maura Conway
The author argues why cyber-based terrorist attacks aren’t as likely to occur as might be commonly thought.

Viewpoints: Economic and Business Dimensions
Household Demand for Broadband Internet Service by Gregory Rosston, Scott Savage and Donald Waldman
A consumer survey indicates what people are willing to pay for various speeds of Internet service.

Viewpoints: Education
From Science to Engineering by Mark Guzdial
The need for finding and measuring better ways to teach computer science is explored, with comparisons to physics and engineering education.

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