Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – May 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 5)

By David Bruggeman
June 6, 2009

Here are some items in the May issue of Communications of the ACM that have policy relevance. Remember, much of the material in CACM is considered premium content, and what may be free content during the month of the issue might slip behind a password wall. You will need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM in order to access this material online.

The May issues featured the first series of excerpts from Blog@CACM, where 13 bloggers regularly write on a variety of issues. The associated blogroll includes the ACM Tech Policy Weblog.


Matchmaker, Matchmaker, David Essex

A short update on the state of computational advertising, the algorithms that help place advertisements, which has policy implications with respect to privacy of consumer information.


Law and Technology
The Network Neutrality Debate Hits Europe, Pierre Larouche

The author provides the European perspective on the network neutrality debate, noting the different policy issues and technical constraints that make that debate different from what is happening in the United States.

Economic and Business Dimensions
Increasing Gender Diversity in the IT Work Force, LeAnne Coder, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, Ronald A. Ash, Brandon R. Dupont

This column argues that achieving greater participation from women in computer science will require changing the nature of the work in the field to include more activities that resonate more with women. Debunking the traditional stereotypes of what happens in computer science work will help achieve this goal as well.

Teaching Computing to Everyone, Mark Guzdial

A case study of how Georgia Tech has spent the last ten years teaching every undergraduate a computer science course.