Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – May 2011 (Vol. 54, No. 5)

By David Bruggeman
August 11, 2011

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.

Technology Has Social Consequences by Moshe Y. Vardi
CACM’s editor describes how changes in technology have affected norms and practices around reviewers and conference program committee members.

News: Society
Data Optimization in Developing Nations by Leah Hoffman
A sketch of how data collection and analysis can be utilized for issues in the developing world.

Viewpoint: Economic and Business Dimensions
Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy by Avi Goldfarb and Catherine E. Tucker
A review of recent surveys on the impact of European Union regulations on targeted online advertising.

Viewpoint: Education
Reaching Learners Beyond our Hallowed Halls by Brian Dorn
A discussion of student learning and course design in informal computer science education.

Viewpoint: Law and Technology
Bell Labs and Centralized Innovation by Tim Wu
Wu recounts the decades-long delay in bringing the answering machine to the marketplace as a critical problem with centralized innovation.

Contributed Articles
Privacy-Preserving Network Forensics by Mikhail Afanasyev, Tadayoshi Kohno, Justin Ma, Nick Murphy, Stefan Savage, Alex C. Snoeren, and Geoffrey M. Voelker