Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – August 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 8)

By David Bruggeman
August 17, 2009

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


Just for You, Don Monroe

An article on the Netflix Prize, a contest sponsored by the DVD rental company that has spurred research in recommender systems. Monroe uses the prize to discuss the many different components of recommender systems research, and how the Prize focuses on just one aspect of this research.

Face Recognition Breakthrough, Kirk Kroeker

A new facial recognition method shows potential in performing even when the images are partially obscured or corrupted. If scalable, such a method could provide easier ways to search images, tag multimedia, and monitor people.

IT Drives Policy – and Vice Versa, Tom Geller

A report on the Tech Policy Summit held in May 2009 in the Bay Area. It notes that IT and policy discussions have broadened to include topics not usually known for an IT component, like health care.

U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan, Gregory Goth

A review of the Obama Administration’s cybersecurity plan, released in May.