ACM MemberNet - June 27, 2019
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of ACM MemberNet, bringing you the world of ACM and beyond. Explore the many facets of ACM with our newsletter of member activities and events. Read past issues of MemberNet online at https://www.acm.org/membership/acm-membernet-archive.
June 27, 2019
- Mark D. Hill Receives 2019 Eckert-Mauchly Award
- ACM Celebrates Computing's Best and Brightest at Annual Banquet
- Watch Video of Turing Lecture Delivered at FCRC
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- SIGMOD/PODS 2019, June 30 to July 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- GECCO 2019, July 13 to 17, Prague, Czech Republic
- ITiCSE 2019, July 15 to 17, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
- EPI Tutorial on HPC, July 17, Barcelona, Spain
- SIGIR 2019, July 21 to 25, Paris, France
- SIGGRAPH 2019, July 28 to August 1, Los Angeles, California
- KDD 2019, August 4 to 8, Anchorage, Alaska
- ICFP 2019, August 18 to 23, Berlin, Germany
- ESEC/FSE 2019, August 26 to 30, Tallinn, Estonia
- SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, November 17 to 20, Brisbane, Australia (CFP)
- ACM TPC Member Testifies before Congress on Election Security
- ACM Europe and US Policy Committees Well-Represented at EC's Bucharest Digital Assembly and UN AI for Good Summit in Geneva
- USTPC Files Comments with FDA on AI-Driven Medical Software
- Lorraine Kisselburgh Named Technology Policy Council Chair; John West and Natalie Enright Jerger Named Co-chairs of New Diversity and Inclusion Council
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: FreshBooks
- ACM Academic Membership Option
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
- Watch June 20 TechTalk on "The Joy of Functional Programming (for Data Science)" with Hadley Wickham
- Watch July 11 TechTalk on "The Power and Limits of Deep Learning" with Turing Award Laureate Yann LeCun
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
- ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
- About the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program
- Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Geraldine Fitzpatrick
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- ENTER Celebration Inspires Women in Serbia to Pursue Tech Careers
- Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
- ACM Publications Seeking New Editors-in-Chief
- ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Welcomes Ramesh Karri as New Editor-in-Chief
- CACM Regional Special Section on East Asia and Oceania Call for Papers
- New ACM Book: Hardness of Approximation between P and NP
- Ubiquity Article: "Cybersecurity Is Not Very Important," by Andrew M. Odlyzko
- New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice, ACM Transactions on Data Science, ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare and Digital Government: Research and Practice Accepting Submissions
- ACM Queue Presents: "Access Controls and Health Care Records: Who Owns the Data"
- Subscribe to Communications of the ACM
Mark D. Hill, a professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, was named the recipient of the 2019 ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to the design and evaluation of memory systems and parallel computers. Widely regarded as a leading memory systems researcher, Hill made seminal contributions to the fields of cache memories, memory consistency models, transactional memory, and simulation.
The ACM Awards Banquet is an annual event recognizing technical excellence and outstanding service to the computing field. This year's banquet honoring the 2018 award recipients and newly inducted ACM Fellows was held in San Francisco on June 15. They were honored for innovations in technology as well as service in advancing the computing profession.
2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun delivered the Turing Lecture at ACM’s Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC). Hinton's talk, titled "The Deep Learning Revolution" and LeCun's talk, titled "The Deep Learning Revolution: The Sequel," were presented on June 23. You can watch their recorded talks by visiting the FCRC website at https://fcrc.acm.org/turing-lecture-at-fcrc-2019.
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. The nominations deadline for general ACM awards has passed. The remaining award nominations deadlines are: SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (July 31), and Doctoral Dissertation Award (October 31).
Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to the award nominations page for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.
The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is September 3.
The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1.
Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The deadline for nominations is September 7.
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 35 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:
- SIGACT: Knuth Prize and Gödel Prize (ACM news release); Distinguished Service
- SIGMIS: Magid Igbaria Outstanding Conference Paper
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
The International Conference on Management of Data is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. Keynote speakers are Cynthia Dwork (Harvard University), Lise Getoor (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Chandrasekaran Mohan (IBM).
The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference's tracks include Evolutionary Machine Learning; Search-Based Software Engineering; Digital Entertainment Technologies and Arts; Real World Applications; and more. Scheduled keynoters are Raia Hadsell (DeepMind); Robert Babuska (Technical University of Delft); and Ingo Rechenberg (Technical University Berlin).
The Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education will cover all aspects of educating the next generation of computer scientists, including but not limited to curricula; leveraging data and analytics to improve learning; broadening participation and diversity; and social and global challenges in computing education. Kate Stone (Novalia) and Marian Petre (Open University) will keynote.
The European Processor Initiative’s first tutorial will be held on 17 July at Universita Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Distinguished experts from EPI will give lectures on the HPC processor landscape and EPI’s plans. The tutorial, "First steps towards a made-in-Europe high-performance microprocessor," is co-located with the ACM 2019 Summer School on HPC Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications. Registration closes 8 July.
The 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval will feature keynotes by Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts Amherst and RMIT University) and others TBA. Workshops will cover conversational interaction systems, digital libraries, recommendation and search, trends in news IR, online misinformation, ecommerce, and more.
SIGGRAPH features global innovators who are changing what’s possible in computer graphics, animation, virtual reality, gaming, and emerging technologies. Five tracks will cover production and animation; research and education; arts and design; gaming/interactive; and new technologies. Birds-of-a-Feather submissions are due July 26.
The SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and Big Data. The event includes workshops on topics ranging from AI of things to fashion to epidemiology. The opening keynote will be delivered by Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare.
The SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming provides a forum for researchers and developers to learn about the latest work on the design, implementations, principles, and uses of functional programming. Keynote talks will be delivered by Andrej Bauer (University of Ljubljana), Manuel Chakravarty (Tweag I/O and IOHK), and Emina Torlak (University of Washington).
The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in SE. Scheduled keynote speakers are Joanne Atlee (University of Waterloo), Marta Kwiatkowska (Trinity College, University of Oxford), and Audris Mockus (University of Tennessee).
The 12th ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques invites submissions of technical papers, posters, doctoral symposium papers, courses, animation and more. Visit the submissions page for more information and deadlines.
Latanya Sweeney, Professor and Director of Harvard University's Data Privacy Lab and an incoming member of ACM’s new Technology Policy Council, testified yesterday on Capitol Hill before a joint hearing of the oversight and research subcommittees of the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The hearing, called by Congress in the wake of documented Russian interference in America’s 2016 national elections, addressed “Election Security: Voting Technology Vulnerabilities.” Watch video of her testimony.
Sweeney discussed her research on voter information website vulnerabilities, conducted at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Her team identified a number of ways attackers can adversely impact elections. These include: changing voter registration information online (such as voter addresses and party affiliations), deleting voter registrations, or requesting absentee ballots. Each of these mechanisms, she told the subcommittees, could permit hackers to disenfranchise voters. Read more in the ACM member bulletin.
ACM Europe and US Policy Committees Well-Represented at EC's Bucharest Digital Assembly and UN AI for Good Summit in Geneva
By Adam Eisgrau, ACM Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs
The Europe Technology Policy Committee was well represented this month at the European Commission's 2019 Digital Assembly in Bucharest, Romania sponsored by the Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT). The annual invitation-only event brings together senior EC officials and their staffs, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, and tech media for two days of networking and a series of programs on multiple matters within ACM members' expertise (e.g., AI, robotics, encryption, cybersecurity and quantum computing). The Committee's informal "delegation" to the Assembly included Founding Chair Fabrizio Galgliardi, Lynda Hardman and Gerhard Schimpf.
ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) also made a strong showing at a key conference in late May. Algorithms and AI Subcommittee Co-Chair Jeanna Matthews appeared on a policy panel at the 2019 AI for Good Global Summit held in Geneva. The conference, organized by the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations in partnership with the XPrize Foundation and ACM, is "the leading United Nations platform for global and inclusive dialogue on AI." ACM CEO Vicki Hanson was among leaders delivering welcoming remarks to the delegates at its first plenary session and at events throughout the five-day Summit. Also attending for the USTPC were Juan Miguel de Joya, John Murray, and Ricardo Baeza-Yates. They joined European ACM colleagues Fabrizio Gagliardi, Yannis Ioannidis, and Natasa Milic-Frayling.
By Adam Eisgrau, ACM Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs
Early in June, USTPC submitted Comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its Discussion Paper, "Proposed FDA Regulatory Framework for Modifications to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Based Software" in Docket No. FDA-2019-N-1185. The proceeding was opened to seek guidance on how current testing and ongoing evaluation protocols for software as a medical device (SaMD) should be modified. The issue has arisen because SaMDs can now incorporate machine learning and AI that makes them capable of autonomously changing the performance of implantable and other medical devices that such software controls. The Comments were produced by an ad hoc working group of Committee members: Jim Hendler, Harry Hochheiser, Juan Miguel de Joya, Lorraine Kisselburgh, Andy Oram, Arnon S. Rosenthal, and Shahid N. Shah.
Lorraine Kisselburgh Named Technology Policy Council Chair; John West and Natalie Enright Jerger Named Co-chairs of New Diversity and Inclusion Council
Lorraine Kisselburgh, Fellow at Perdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), has been appointed Chair of ACM's Technology Policy Council, which addresses global technology policy, effective July 1.
Natalie Enright Jerger and John West have been named Co-chairs of ACM's Diversity and Inclusion Council, effective July 1. Natalie Enright Jerger is Percy Edward Hart Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. John West is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center.
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. The Ambassadors for ACM program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. Submit the ACM Referral Form, and your referrals can join ACM at a special discount rate. Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.
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The ACM Academic Department Membership option allows universities and colleges to provide ACM Professional Membership to their faculty at a greatly reduced collective cost. ACM offers a membership for academic department faculty at the cost of $49 per person, more than half off the standard ACM professional membership fee of $99 per year. Through this program, each faculty member will receive all the benefits of individual professional ACM membership, including Communications of the ACM, member rates to ACM Special Interest Group conferences, member subscription rates to ACM journals, and much more. To learn more, visit the ACM Academic Department Membership page or contact Cindy Ryan.
You can use your technical skills for social good and offer volunteer support on software development projects to organizations who could not otherwise afford it. SocialCoder connects volunteer programmers/software developers with registered charities and helps match them to suitable projects based on their skills, experience, and the causes they care about. Learn more about ACM's partnership with SocialCoder, and how you can get involved.
Watch June 20 TechTalk on "The Joy of Functional Programming (for Data Science)" with Hadley Wickham
Register now to watch the free ACM TechTalk, The Joy of Functional Programming (for Data Science), presented on June 20 by Hadley Wickham, Chief Scientist at RStudio. Andrew Conklin, Director of Engineering at Origent Data Sciences and member of the ACM Practitioners Board, moderated the Q&A session. Check out the ACM Discourse page for extended discussion with your peers in the computing community, as well as further resources on Data Science with R and Functional Programming.
Watch July 11 TechTalk on "The Power and Limits of Deep Learning" with Turing Award Laureate Yann LeCun
Register to watch a free ACM TechTalk, The Power and Limits of Deep Learning, to be presented on Thursday, July 11 at 1 PM EDT by Yann LeCun, VP and Chief AI Scientist at Facebook and Silver Professor at New York University, and a 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient. Mehran Sahami, Associate Chair for Education at Stanford’s Computer Science Department and Past Chair of the ACM Education Board, will moderate the Q&A session following the talk. Check out further resources on ACM's Discourse page.
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
Connecting with the right employers in computing can be a daunting task. Thankfully, the world's leading companies, colleges and universities come to the ACM Career & Job Center to find the best candidates. By creating an account on the ACM Career and Job Center, you'll gain access to a wide range of tools to help you find the perfect job:
- Finding a Job - Use the job search tools to find a job that matches your search criteria.
- Create and Manage Email Alerts - Stay on top of the latest job openings. Receive an email when new jobs match your search criteria.
- Create/Post Resumes - Get noticed by employers. Create or upload a resume with our easy-to-use tools so employer can get in touch with you.
- View Saved Jobs - Save jobs that interest you, add notes, share with friends, and track your applies to keep on top of your job search.
For any assistance with the ACM Career and Job Center, please contact ACM's Advertising Sales Manager, Ilia Rodriguez.
ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at MobileSoft 2019. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- ASSETS 2019, October 28-30, deadline July 10
- SPLASH 2019, October 20-25, deadline July 12
- ESWEEK 2019, October 13-18, deadline July 13
- SIGSPATIAL 2019, November 5-8, deadline August 5
- ICCAD 2019, November 4-7, deadline August 17
- SIGCSE 2020, March 11-14, deadline October 18, 2019
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the computer science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.
ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership for $49 USD (regularly $99) to help graduating students make the transition to professional careers, and take advantage of continuous learning opportunities, including free online books and courses and access to ACM's Career & Job Center. This one-year-only transition rate includes all the benefits of Professional Membership plus the option of purchasing a Digital Library subscription for $50. Recent graduates can access this special transition offer through ACM's convenient online renewal form, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. For more information, visit the Reasons to Transition to Professional Membership page.
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. ACM will cover the cost of transportation for the speaker to travel to your event. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today. Our booking process is simple and convenient.
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This month's featured speaker is Geraldine Fitzpatrick. Geraldine is a full Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and leads the Institute for Technology Design and Assessment and the Human Computer Interaction group at Vienna University of Technology. Geraldine serves as a member of the ACM CSCW Steering Committee. She has also served on the organizing committees of several CHI conferences, as well as CSCW, PDC, Group, and others.
For more information on Geraldine, please visit her DSP speaker information page.
Geraldine Fitzpatrick's Digital Library author page
IEEE-CS and ACM are sharing their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.
IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.
ACM's fiscal year is coming to a close, which means it is time to submit your ACM Annual Report. The report is for the fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) and is due by August 31, 2019.
To complete the report online, you must log in with your unique chapter web account at http://www.acm.org/chapters/chapters/interface. Please note, your chapter web account is entirely separate from your personal web account and should be accessible to all officers. If you are unsure of your chapter web account or need to reset the password, please follow this link: https://www.acm.org/chapters/web-account-links.
Please also take this time to update your chapter's contact information, including your membership list (under the Chapter Members tab) and officers (under the Chapter Officers tab.) You can utilize our edit features to extend memberships, update email addresses, or cancel past members who are no longer part of your chapter. Keeping your membership list current and up to date is important. It ensures that all members receive the maximum benefits they are entitled to and are kept aware of all the latest ACM happenings and resources.
Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes new chapters that were chartered May 14 to June 12, 2019:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Marquette University ACM-W Student Chapter, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Montgomery College ACM Student Chapter, Rockville, Maryland
- SZABIST Hyderabad ACM Student Chapter, Hyderabad, Pakistan
- Westlake University ACM Student Chapter, Hangzhou, China
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Hong Kong ACM SIGAPP Chapter, Kowloon
- Rio de Janeiro ACM Chapter, Brazil
- SVP4U Public Benefit Corporation ACM Chapter, Miami, Florida
- Yerevan ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Armenia
The Third ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing (ENTER 2019) took place on April 17 and 18 in the Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade, Serbia, attracting more than 200 students, faculty and representatives from industry.
The first day of the Celebration was devoted to lectures, and the second day was for workshops. Keynote speakers were Wei Lin, VP of Engineering at TeleSign, on "Why Cybersecurity Matters," and Jelena Medojevic, Digital Customer Experience Program Manager at VIP Mobile, on "Creating the OmniChannel Customer Experience in the Age of Personalization." Three parallel tracks—Tech Track, Management Talks and Career Talks—featured more than 20 speakers, most of them female. Four workshops on the second day were Modern React Development, Clean Code in Practice, Basics of WordPress, and CV Preparation. There was also time set aside for informal networking.
If you would like more information on Celebrations or would like to organize an event in your area, please contact Wendy Powley, Chair of the Celebrations Committee. International Celebrations are encouraged and welcomed!
Did you know that ACM-W offers a general email distribution list for its members? This ACMW-public list is a communication channel for disseminating general information about ACM-W, bulletins and upcoming events. To join the list: http://signup.acm.org/listserv_index.cfm?ln=ACM-W-PUBLIC. Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.
The ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing (JETC) welcomes Ramesh Karri as New Editor-in-Chief, effective August 1, 2019. Ramesh is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University Polytechnic Institute.
In 2018, Communications of the ACM debuted the first in a series of special sections designed to spotlight a region of the world with the goal of introducing readers to new voices, innovations, and technological research on a global scale. The most recent section, in the April 2019 issue, covered the Europe region.
CACM is now issuing a call for articles for the inaugural Special Section on East Asia and Oceania. This region includes Japan, Korea, Taiwan, South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia), and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia).
Interested authors are requested to send a one-page, free-format PDF file with title, full list of author names, and description of the planned article to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15, 2019. Articles can be in any aspect or field of computing, and cover research, education, or innovation. Submissions are actively sought from academia, industry, and government agencies.
Some potential areas of interest could include: technical and governance challenges that can benefit from data science and AI; key advances in cybersecurity and privacy; key technological advances to aid healthcare and the aging population; technology to advance sustainable social and environmental development; key technological advances to aid and enhance education; regional advances in supercomputing; regional advances in consumer electronics, embedded systems, and robotics; research advances showing translation in any field of computing; and technology initiatives featuring engagement of academia, industry, and government.
Based on the submissions, a workshop will be held at the National University of Singapore. Selected authors will be invited to the workshop to be held in Singapore on August 30, 2019. The workshop will involve discussions and brainstorming to shape the narrative for the Special Section on East Asia and Oceania.
The types of articles chosen will be designated as either short Hot Topics articles (800-1,200 words), or longer Big Trends articles (1,500-1,800 words).
ACM Books recently published Hardness of Approximation between P and NP, by viad Rubinstein. The author provides strong evidence that even finding an approximate Nash equilibrium is intractable. He proves several intractability theorems for different settings (two-player games and many-player games) and models (computational complexity, query complexity, and communication complexity).
There is a rising tide of security breaches. There is an even faster rising tide of hysteria over the ostensible reason for these breaches, namely the deficient state of our information infrastructure. Yet the world is doing remarkably well overall, and has not suffered any of the oft-threatened giant digital catastrophes. This continuing general progress of society suggests that cybersecurity is not very important. Adaptations to cyberspace of techniques that worked to protect the traditional physical world have been the main means of mitigating the problems that occurred. This "chewing gum and baling wire" approach is likely to continue to be the basic method of handling problems that arise, and to provide adequate levels of security. Read "Cybersecurity Is Not Very Important" in Ubiquity.
New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice, ACM Transactions on Data Science, ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare and Digital Government: Research and Practice Accepting Submissions
ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP) targets the prevention, identification, mitigation, and elimination of digital threats, aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice. It is accepting submissions on extant digital threats, rather than laboratory models of potential threats.
ACM Transactions on Data Science (TDS) includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas, algorithms, systems, theory and applications on data science, including data cleaning, transformation, representation, integration, indexing, modeling, analysis, visualization, and interpretation while retaining privacy, fairness, provenance, transparency, and provision of social benefit, within the context of big data.
ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) publishes novel research contributions and experience reports in several research domains whose synergy and interrelations enable the IoT vision. TIOT focuses on system designs, end-to-end architectures, and enabling technologies, and on publishing results and insights corroborated by a strong experimental component.
ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare (HEALTH) is a multi-disciplinary journal publishing papers that have scientific and technological results pertaining to how computing is improving healthcare.
Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions.
In this discussion with David Evans, Richard McDonald, and Terry Coatta, they address problems with modern healthcare, namely, the lack of consistency among record-keepers. Each clinic, hospital, practice, and pharmacy operates its own isolated record-management system, with differing platforms and techniques, and almost no provisions for how to share information. But what if these records were handled in a more patient-centric manner, using systems and networks that allow data to be readily shared by all the physicians, clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies a person might choose to share them with or have occasion to visit? And, more radically, what if it was the patients—rather than the providers—who were considered to actually own the data?
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