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Editor's letter

Is the Global Computing Community Irrevocably Divided?

CACM Editor-in-Chief Andrew A. Chien

We have all seen powerful forces pulling the global computing community apart.a With computing's critical importance as both a commercial and military technology, the community cannot avoid this tension.

Three years of overt technological, trade, military and geopolitical competition between China and the U.S. have been marked with trade war, spying, state-sponsored technology theft,b criminal warrants, export bans, territorial ocean claims, and incendiary national leadership rhetoric. Atop these is the stark undermining of Hong Kong's basic law, and the violent suppression of its free press, political opposition, and peaceful democratic protests in Hong Kong. Scenes of the violent assault of HK Polytechnic University and suppression of all HK opposition press have extinguished any hope China might evolve to tolerate diverse political thought and multiparty politics.c In China, the people in their entirety are subordinate to the Communist Party and government.


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