Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – May 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 5)

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

Editor’s Letter
Globalization and Offshoring of Software Revisited by Moshe Vardi
Vardi, one of the chairs of the ACM Offshoring Report, revisits the topic.

Society
Cloud Computing and Developing Nations by Samuel Greengard
A discussion of how cloud computing can help provide services in developing nations.

Viewpoint: Economic and Business Dimensions
Cloud Computing and Electricity: Beyond the Utility Model by Erik Brynjolfsson, Paul Hofmann, and John Jordan
An analysis of the frequent comparison made between cloud computing and utilities, highlighting where the comparison makes sense and where it falls short.

Viewpoint: Education
How to Make Progress in Computing Education by Cameron Wilson and Mark Guzdial
The authors outline how computing needs to establish a base of funding for computer science education research, and what they need to do to make this happen.

Viewpoint
Is Mobile Email Addiction Overlooked? by Ofir Turel and Alexander Serenko
An examination of mobile email addiction that tries to separate this technological condition from other similar conditions and discusses whether addiction really applies in this case.

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