Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – January 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 1)

By Wadmin953789
April 20, 2011

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the January 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: Society
India’s Elephantine Effort by Marina Krakovsky
Description of India’s efforts to establish a biometric ID program, in part to do better in delivering government subsidies to the people who are supposed to receive them.

Viewpoints: Law and Technology
Google AdWords and European Trademark Law by Stefan Bechtold
The article reviews recent trademark infringement cases involving keyword searches and what liability Google may have in such matters.

Cloud Computing Privacy Concerns on Our Doorstop by Mark D. Ryan
Using the example of conference management systems, the author outlines the risks and benefits of cloud computing services.

Contributed Articles
Follow the Intellectual Property by Gio Wiederhold
While movement of jobs between countries has occupied much attention in policy debates, the article focuses on the associated movement of intellectual property rights.

Review Article
A Firm Foundation for Private Data Analysis by Cynthia Dwork
A review of the technical challenges of Differential Privacy – analyzing database information without disclosing private information about people in the database.