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ACM Relaunches Ubiquity Site Focusing on Future of Computing

Revised Format Provides Platform for Readers and Contributors to Consult and Communicate on Core Issues and Their Impact on Society

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

Contact: Virginia Gold

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NEW YORK, NY, November 3, 2010 – ACM’s prominent online publication Ubiquity has a new scope and expanded content dedicated to the future of computing and the people who are influencing its trajectory from technical, economic, and educational perspectives.  Its peer-reviewed content and interactive website have been redesigned to enhance access and understanding of the rapidly expanding computing field that touches people’s daily lives.  The new Ubiquity includes fresh features and commentary that offer novel perspectives on core computing as well as developments at the edges of the field.  It also has an international board of editors with distinguished representatives from industry and academia who will contribute content and review submissions for publication. 

            “Ubiquity offers a platform for the growing computing community to access, analyze, and understand the dynamic profession of computing and its role in driving innovation,” said Peter J. Denning, Chief Editor.  “We will publish interviews of leading computing technologists and thinkers as well as stimulating commentaries and op-ed articles from our diverse editors.” 

            Denning defined Ubiquity as a destination for evaluating technology trends, airing provocative issues, and introducing influential people in the field.  “Because computing is everywhere, we invite people interested in the future of computing as well as those who are impacted by it to participate in this dialogue and to submit articles and comments for review and publication.” 

            A new feature in the redesigned Ubiquity is the Symposium, a series of articles on a preselected topic authored by renowned leaders in computing.  To probe the pervasiveness of computing and its evolving role in the digital age, the first symposium explores “What Is Computation?”  Among the 14 individual computing experts examining this issue are Peter Wegner, Brown University Emeritus Professor, on the evolution of computation; John Conery, University of Oregon, on computation as symbol manipulation; Dennis J. Frailey, Southern Methodist University, on computation as process; Lance Fortnow, Northwestern University, on the enduring legacy of the Turing machine; Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University, on biological computation; and Peter Freeman, Georgia Institute of Technology, on whether this question is harmful to pursue.  

            For more information on Ubiquity and its editors, content and features, go to


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ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.