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DEPARTMENT: Editorial pointers

Editorial Pointers

DEPARTMENT: News track

News Track



COLUMN: President's letter

The New Professional Development Centre Boasts 1,000 Courses, O'Reilly Books, and CS Classics

ACM is expanding the PDC along three axes: Doubling the number of online courses, adding 500 books from Safari (including O'Reilly's library), and classic computer science books that you can help select.

Top 10 Downloads from ACM's Digital Library

COLUMN: Legally speaking

Did MGM Really Win the Grokster Case?

The Sony safe harbor survived a tough challenge before the Supreme Court.
COLUMN: Technology strategy and management

Software in Ireland: A Balance of Entrepreneurship And...Lifestyle Management?

A unique set of circumstances contributes to the recent success of the Irish software industry.
COLUMN: Viewpoint

Academic Dishonesty and the Internet

The Internet provides new opportunities for cheating on computer science class projects.
SPECIAL ISSUE: The digital society


This special section presents views of a society changing under the influence of advanced information technology. Computers have been around for about half a century and their social effects have been described under many headings …

The Growth of Information Workers in the -U.S. Economy

Using decennial census data to trace the increase in U.S. information workers from 1950--2000 and examining the role of subtitutional and compositional effects.

Digital Aids For an Aging Society

As a result of 20th-century advances in medicine and standard of living there is a dramatic increase in the number of older people in the U.S. and most developed countries of world. Currently, people aged 65 years and older represent …

Consumer Power in the Digital Society

A shift in the balance of power brings with it increased potential for influence.

Community: From Neighborhood to Network

Communities are networks of interpersonal ties that provide sociability, support, information, a sense of belonging, and social identity. Well into the 20th century, communities were equated with neighborhoods---bounded groups …

Why the Internet Is Bad For Democracy

The Internet is not simply a set of interconnected links and protocols---it is also a construct of the imagination, an inkblot test into which everyone projects their desires, fears, and fantasies. Some see enlightenment and …

Education Goes Digital: The Evolution of Online Learning and the Revolution in Higher Education

Studying the transformation of education and its changing role in society.

-niversal Access to Information

In 2003, the world produced about 800MB of information for each man, woman, and child on earth [2]. Much of this information, such as supermarket scanner data and the like, is pretty dull. But some of it, such as the material …

HIT and MIS: Implications of Health Information Technology and Medical Information Systems

Evaluating the potential advantages and considering the risks associated with electronic health care records.

From DQ to EQ: Understanding Data Quality in the Context of E-Business Systems

A fix for irrelevant information, cognitive overhead, and disorientation---common gremlins endured by every e-business system user.

Personalization Technologies: A Process-Oriented Perspective

By leveraging customer reactions to personalized products and services, companies continuously improve their personalization processes through an iterative feedback loop resulting in the `virtuous cycle' of personalization.

IT Skills in a Tough Job Market

IT professionals know they must keep their skills up to date. But doing so requires knowing what skills are in demand.

NewsInEssence: Summarizing Online News Topics

A news delivery and summarization system, acting as a user's agent, gathers and recaps news items based on specifications and interests.

Current Practices of Leading E-Government Countries

IT is transforming the way governments function and valuable lessons can be learned from the pioneering e-government programs that have led the charge.

Investigating Wireless Web Adoption Patterns in the U.S.

Wireless Web providers should roll out new services on an evolutionary rather than revolutionary track.
COLUMN: Technical opinion

The Educational Productivity Paradox

Studying the effects of increased IT expenditures in educational institutions.
COLUMN: Inside risks

The Best-Laid Plans: A Cautionary Tale For Developers