Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – April 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 4)

By David Bruggeman
April 29, 2009

Items in the April issue of Communications of the ACM that have policy relevance. Remember, much of the material in CACM is considered premium content. You will need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM in order to access this material online.


IT Ecosystem in Peril (full article), Alan Joch

A summary of the findings and consequences of The National Academies’ report (from January of this year) on the impacts of changes in the Information Technology R&D Ecosystem. In addition to research funding, the infrastructure that supports information technology research and development in the United States.


IT and the World’s ‘Bottom Billion’ (full article), Richard Heeks

This column urges thinking and action on how information technology can assist the ‘Bottom Billion’ of the title: those people and countries that are not emerging markets, but fading markets. These people are among the least digital, though their use of cell phones suggests one way in which IT can be introduced to the population so that it can assist them in growing their economies.


Computing as Social Science (full article), Michael Buckley

The author lays out an argument that part of the challenge in attracting students to computer science is in making sure the students understand how computer science is “social, relevant, important, and caring.”