ACM MemberNet - September 24, 2020

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September 24, 2020

















ACM Special Interest Groups Extending Terms

ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) elections are generally scheduled to take place in odd-numbered years, with the elected officers holding office for a set number of years as set forth in the SIG's bylaws. There is a provision for the SIG’s Executive Committee to make a one-time request to extend its term of office. This provision was introduced so that SIGs did not have to hold an expensive election when officers would be rerunning for office, since incumbents were usually reelected.

In accordance with ACM's Constitution and Bylaws, the following SIGs have requested, and the SIG Governing Board EC has granted, an extension of terms:

  • SIGAPP – Special Interest Group on Applied Computing
  • SIGDOC – Special Interest Group on Design of Communication
  • SIGecom – Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation
  • SIGMETRICS – Special Interest Group on Measurement and Evaluation
  • SIGOPS – Special Interest Group on Operating Systems
  • SIGWEB – Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web

As a voting member, you may petition ACM to request an election. A petition with the names/signatures of at least 1% of the SIG's members must be submitted to ACM HQ by 29 October 2020. To initiate the petition process, please contact Pat Ryan, ACM’s Chief Operating Officer ([email protected]). If the petition is successful, the SIG will be asked to form a nominating committee and begin the electoral process.

HLF 2020 Virtual Conference Features Interviews with ACM Award Recipients, Hot Topic Panel on Healthcare

The 2020 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, held virtually this year on September 21-25, provides an informal venue for 200 selected young researchers to exchange ideas with renowned laureates in mathematics and computer science. Recently-elected ACM President Gabriele Kotsis opened the Forum and interviewed 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureates Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, and 2019 ACM Prize in Computing recipient David Silver, on September 21. On September 22, "Health, Technology and Data: Which Is the Best Way to Go?" included discussions by panelists including 2018 ACM Prize in Computing recipient Shwetak Patel. Visit the HLF YouTube channel to watch these recorded sessons.
See the full program here.

ACM Launches "Selects," Shortlists of Learning Resources Curated by Experts

The ACM Practitioner Board has launched ACM Selects, themed shortlists curated by subject matter experts for both serious and emerging computing professionals, with the goal of providing new ways to discover relevant resources, either through ACM or authenticated by ACM-affiliated specialists. Each Select presents 5 to 7 learning resources in an easily digestible format. The first Selects cover "Getting Started with Computer Science" and "Finding Your Voice in Computing." ACM Digital Library resources found in ACM Selects will be open to all, while some eLearning books, courses, and videos are only available for current ACM Members.


ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research Call for Nominations

ACM has established a special category of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize to recognize outstanding research achievements that use high performance computing (HPC) applications to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, including the understanding of its spread. The ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research will be presented in 2020 and 2021.

Recipients will be selected based on performance and innovation in their computational methods, in addition to their contributions toward understanding the nature, spread and/or treatment of the disease. Financial support of the $10,000 cash prize that accompanies the award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high performance computing and researcher emeritus at Microsoft Research.

Recipients will be offered the opportunity to present their work at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC 2020) and have their research published in The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (IJHPCA).

The new COVID-19-focused award is a complement to the longstanding ACM Gordon Bell Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in high performance computing applications. Nominations can now be submitted via an online submission form and will be accepted through October 8, 2020.

ACM Award Nomination Submission Procedures

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: ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research (October 8; see related story in this issue) 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. And read ACM President and former ACM Awards Committee Chair Cherri Pancake's article in Communications of the ACM, "Dispelling Common Myths about ACM Awards and Honors."


Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 5 years of Professional ACM membership in the last 10 years. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is December 3.


ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields

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 conferences:


Yoshua Bengio to Speak at AI for Good Global Summit September 29

The 2020 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit will be presented as a continuous digital event throughout the year, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, platforms and time zones, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, Q&As, performances, demos, interviews, networking and more. 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Yoshua Bengio will keynote on September 29, addressing machine learning challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PACT 2020, October 5 to 7 (online)

The Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques brings together researchers to present and discuss innovative research. Scheduled keynoters are Rick L. Stevens (Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago), "Overview of HPC and AI Computing for COVID-19 in the US"; Sarita Adve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "Scalable Specialization: Architectures, Interfaces, and Applications"; and Bradford L. Chamberlain (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), "Compiling Chapel: Keys to Making Parallel Programming Productive at Scale."

SIGDOC 2020, October 5 to 9 (online)

The Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication will include workshops on The Pedagogy of User Experience; Structuring Your Site for Your Users; and YAML as an Information Design Tool in the Classroom and the Workplace. Panels, Ignite Talks and a Student Research Competition will round out the conference.

SIGITE 2020, October 7 to 9 (online)

The 21st Annual Conference on IT Education will include sessions on AI and ethics, data science and analytics, broadening participation, experiential learning, and more. There will be keynote talks by Maria Telleria, Co-Founder and CTO, Canvas; Steve Kaniewski President and CEO, Valmont Industries; and Lecia Baker, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Women in IT.

ICAIF 2020, October 15 to 16 (online)

The inaugural ACM Conference on AI in Finance aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to share technical advances and insights on the effects of AI on the finance world. Scheduled keynote speakers are Marcos López de Prado (True Positive Technologies); Charles Elkan (Goldman Sachs); ACM Fellows Yolanda Gil (University of Southern California) and Jeannette Wing (Columbia University); Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania); and Susan Tibbs (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

CSCW 2020, October 17 to 20 (online)

The ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing explores the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. Keynote speakers Maryam Zaringhalam (National Library of Medicine) and Afua Bruce (DataKind) will open and close the conference. CSCW will be co-located with the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology; programming for UIST will extend to October 23.

FODS 2020, October 18 to 20 (online)

The ACM-IMS Foundations of Data Science Conference organized by ACM and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics is an interdisciplinary event bringing together researchers and practitioners to address foundational data science challenges in prediction, inference, fairness, ethics and the future of data science. Keynote speakers are Mihaela van der Schaar (Alan Turing Institute) and Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute for AI).

ASSETS 2020, October 26 to 28 (online)

Some papers to be presented at the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility will cover understanding accessibility of Virtual Reality for people with limited mobility; identifying how older adults struggle with mobile maps; a portable interpreter for sign language users; teaching accessibility in university computing courses; and many more topics.

SIGSPATIAL 2020, November 3 to 6 (online)

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information. Workshops include Modeling and Understanding the Spread of COVID-19; Emergency Management Using GIS; Analytics for Big Geospatial Data; Geospatial Humanities; Advances in Resilient and Intelligent Cities; and more.

SIGUCCS 2020 Virtual Conference, November 10, 1-5 PM EST

The conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services will have as its theme "Life Beyond the Lab" —information for aspiring or new managers who transition from supervising students to supervising professionals. Free registration for this one-day virtual conference will be available in October.


By Adam Eisgrau, ACM Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs

ACM's policy arms have long engaged in helping government create intellectual property law and policy that effectively balances strong copyright protection with meaningful access to information for bona fide research and other non-infringing purposes. ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) successfully supported the creation of an exemption from the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for security research in 2015 and its renewal in 2018, and again supported renewal of that extension last month. In a brief filing made early this month, USTPC also joined others in a petition to broaden and clarify the current security research exemption, noting that:

Good-faith security researchers aim to use their findings in positive ways to bolster academic publications and discussions of computer program and software security, to uncover security flaws and vulnerabilities and then alert consumers and notify companies of such concerns, and to develop new, secure versions of computer programs and software. Though the existing exemption is an important step in the direction of fostering this important type of good-faith security exploration, researchers who make use of it—and who would like to make use of it—find that its numerous caveats make it difficult to determine whether their respective work will fall under the protection of the exemption. These many caveats in the exemption make it less effective because they create risky uncertainty and chill legitimate, productive research.

Other news about ACM's policy work is available here. If you are interested in making a policy impact of your own, please consider joining ACM's Europe or US Technology Policy Committees by emailing [email protected].

ACM Tech Policy Group Members to Deliver Closing Keynote Presentation at 2020 CERIAS Symposium

The 21st annual CERIAS Security Symposium, organized by Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, will be held virtually this year September 29 and 30. The Symposium brings together experts and practitioners from all areas of cyber and cyber-physical systems with interests in security, privacy, resiliency, autonomy, trusted electronics, and explainable AI. Attendees will consist of a mix of academic, industry, government, and military representatives.

On September 30 at 4:30 PM, global ACM Technology Policy Council (TPC) Chair Lorraine Kisselburgh (Advisory Board and 2018 Resident Scholar, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Purdue University) will moderate the closing keynote in the form of a panel discussion, "Global Challenges in Security and Privacy Policy: Elections, Pandemics, and Biometric Technologies." She will be joined by TPC Vice Chair Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Member, ACM Europe Council, Professor of Computer Science, Université Paris-Sud); ACM US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) Chair James Hendler (Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); and former ACM President and ACM 2019 Policy Award recipient Barbara Simons (Board of Advisors, US Election Assistance Commission; Chair, Board of Directors, Verified Voting). They will cover recent activities around contact tracing, election security, and facial recognition, among other emerging policy issues.

Europe's Informatics for All Coalition Presents to European Commission

Earlier this month, Informatics for All (I4All) steering committee members Enrico Nardelli, President of Informatics Europe, and Austeja Trinkunaite, Secretary General of CEPIS, were among eight experts invited to present to members of the European Commission regarding the revision of the Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP), which supports the development of digital competences in European Union countries. Formed in 2013 by the ACM Europe Council, CEPIS, and Informatics Europe, the I4All coalition advocates to include the principles of Informatics in school curricula at all levels (see the 2019 Rome declaration).

Nardelli and Trinkunaite discussed the I4All position paper developed at a March 2020 workshop with European Commission representatives, which presents evidence for the need and outlines implementation challenges regarding curriculum, teacher education, and pedagogical research.

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission concluded the meeting noting: "It is really a million Euro question: how to make sure that we have sufficient skills not only to use digital tools but also to construct them." Echoing comments made by Nardelli, she stated: "This is not just about having a technical skill, it's about bildung"—part of a cultural education that ensures students fully understand the science of Informatics, so they have the insights to be the architects and scientists of our next-generation digital world.


Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!

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.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, computer-generated ephemera, photographs and moving images. The Museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, on-site tours, and physical exhibitions. Now at the Museum Revolution: "The First 2000 Years of Computing," a technological wonderland that immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and stories of the computer revolution. Other physical exhibits include "Make Software Change the World," exploring the history, impact, and technology behind seven game-changing applications: MP3, Photoshop, MRI, Car Crash Simulation, Wikipedia, Texting, and World of Warcraft and live demonstrations in the IBM 1401 Demo Lab. Special offer for ACM members: 50% off of memberships (excludes Digital) and 50% off the price of admission tickets. To obtain the discount, sign up at the front desk for memberships and admission tickets or sign up for memberships by contacting [email protected] and reference your ACM member number.

ACM Academic Membership Option

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.

ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing

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.


ACM ByteCast Interviews Theo Schlossnagle

ACM ByteCast is ACM's series of podcast interviews with researchers, practitioners, and innovators who are at the intersection of computing research and practice. In each monthly episode, guests share their experiences, the lessons they've learned, and their own visions for the future of computing. The latest episode features Theo Schlossnagle, Founder and CTO at Circonus, Co-Chair of ACM Queue, member of the ACM Publications Board, and elected Member-at-Large of the ACM Council. The podcast is available in the ACM Learning Center.

Watch September 23 TechTalk with ACM Fellow Emery Berger on Optimizing Application Performance

Watch the ACM TechTalk, Performance (Really) Matters, presented on September 23 by Emery Berger, ACM Fellow and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Learn more about this topic on ACM's Discourse page.

Visit the TechTalks Archive for our full archive of past TechTalks.


ACM Career & Job Center Connects You with Career Opportunities

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 Releases New Study of US Bachelor’s Programs in Computing

ACM recently released its eighth annual Study of Non-Doctoral Granting Departments in Computing. With the aim of providing a comprehensive look at computing education, the NDC study includes information on enrollments, degree completions, faculty demographics, and faculty salaries. For the first time, this year’s ACM NDC study includes enrollment and degree completion data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSC).
Read the ACM news release.


Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines

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 SIGGRAPH 2020. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

  • SIGCSE 2021, March 17–21, deadline October 23
  • ICSE 2021, May 23-29, deadline January 4, 2021
  • CHI 2021, May 8-13, deadline January 11, 2021

Learn more about competitions on the SRC submissions page and SRC guidelines for students.

ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences

The ACM Community of Support for Women in Computing (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.

Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

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.


About the ACM 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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Regina Bernhaupt is an Associate Researcher at Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), France, and is Director of User Experience Research at ruwido. Her research focuses on understanding the ecosystem of TV entertainment and games and how to design and develop new forms of interaction enabling an enhanced overall user experience. She recently edited a book on game user experience. Regina is a member of the SIGCHI Executive Committee as VP for Membership and Communication, and served on its Conference Management Committee, helping to establish the CHI Play conference.

For more information on Regina, please visit her DSP speaker information page.

ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs

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.


Notice to Chapters: Submit Your Annual Reports

ACM's fiscal year has come to a close, which means it is time to submit your ACM Annual Report for the 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). To complete the report online, you must log in with your unique chapter web account. 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:

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.

Welcome New ACM Chapters

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 June 22 to September 15, 2020:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Cleveland State University ACM Student Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Federal University of Technology Minna ACM Student Chapter, Minna, Nigeria
  • GMRIT ACM-W Student Chapter, GMR Institute of Technology, Rajam, India
  • IIT Hyderabad ACM Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Technology
  • Marymount University ACM-W Student Chapter, Arlington, Virginia
  • Saint Vincent College ACM Student Chapter, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
  • Tuskegee University ACM Student Chapter, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Universidad Panamericana ACM-W Student Chapter, Mexico City, Mexico
  • University of Central Florida ACM Student Chapter, Orlando

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Hibernia ACM-W Chapter, Dublin, Ireland
  • Kharkiv Information and Communication Technologies ACM-W Chapter, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Sydney ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Darlington, NSW, Australia


Join ACM-W's Membership Email List

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, visit: Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.


ACM Joins International Committee on Publication Ethics

ACM recently signed on as a member of the international organization Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), whose aim is to educate and support editors, authors, and publishers, with the goal of moving publishing culture toward one where ethical practices become the norm. COPE provides a widely-recognized industry standard of policies and practices for handling cases of ethical misconduct, and ACM will use these in its investigations as necessary. Being a member of COPE will give ACM members, readers, editors, and reviewers further confidence that ACM publications are dedicated to ensuring that ethical publishing practices are promoted and upheld. It will also assist ACM in adjudicating ethics disputes between or among publishers.

ACM Publications Seeking New Editors-in-Chief

IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB): Nominations due October 7

ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS): Nominations due October 30

New ACM Journals Accepting Submissions

ACM Transactions on Quantum Computing (TQC) will publish original research papers and surveys on topics in quantum computing and quantum information science. Topics can include models of quantum computing, quantum algorithms and complexity, quantum computing architecture, principles and methods of fault-tolerant quantum computation, design automation for quantum computing, quantum programming languages and systems, and more.

ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) publishes high quality original papers in all areas of evolutionary computation and related areas such as population-based methods, Bayesian optimization, or swarm intelligence.

ACM Queue Presents: "Five Nonobvious Remote Work Techniques"

In his Everything Sysadmin column, Stack Overflow's Thomas A. Limoncelli describes how to emulate the efficiency of in-person conversations. "For some companies, working remotely was a new thing when the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns began. At first the problems were technical: IT departments had to ramp up VPN (virtual private network) capacity, human resources and infosec departments had to adjust policies, and everyone struggled with microphones, cameras, and videoconferencing software. Once those technical issues are resolved, the social issues become more apparent. How do you strike up a conversation as you used to do in the office? How do you know when it is appropriate to reach out to someone? How do you prevent loneliness and isolation?"

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