I hope it means “Here Comes Everybody to Communications.”a Why bring
everybody to Communications To include important voices and perspectives in the conversation about the
present and future of computing.
With the proliferation of computing
into every industry, every product,
and every aspect of society, not only
has computing spread throughout
the society and economy of every nation, but the computing profession
has spread into communities around
One natural consequence is that
invention and innovation in computing, once concentrated in a few regions, is now a global enterprise. And,
while the technical foundations of
computing may be universal,b along
with technical challenges of functionality, scale, reliability, and perhaps
usability; increasingly, the design of
many of a system’s most important
aspects—how they relate to society,
government, structure of commerce,
and individual enlightenment and
perspective as well as fundamental
a This title borrows from Shirky’s 2008 book
that described the growing power of groups
of individuals to organize large-scale activities, using Internet tools, and without traditional corporate organizations. In fact, this is
what the ACM has been doing successfully for
over 50 years.
b More on this later, as growing excitement about
neuromorphic and quantum computing suggest we may soon see a proliferation of computing bases. Leading to a question, are we even
engaged with the full breadth of computing?
choices about security, privacy, free
speech, and control—reflect distinctive regional, national, and community culture.
Communications, the flagship publication of world’s leading computing
professional society, should be an inclusive forum, spanning this community. It should be a universal forum, an
inclusive, global community, with active participation from everyone.
To that end, I am pleased to announce a Communications global initiative. Its goal is to give deeper insight,
focused coverage, and elevate distinctive and compelling highlights of computing drawn from regions around the
world. This initiative will add a 20–30
page special section to a few issues
of Communications each year. Each
special section will be a collection
of short pieces, focused on a region
and chartered to represent the best of
computing leadership and distinctive
development. We will bring a sharp
˲ Leading technical and research advances and activities;
˲Leading and emerging industry
and research players;
˲ Innovation and shape of computing in the region; and,
˲ Unique challenges and opportunities … and by doing so enrich the entire
computing community’s perspective!
Communications’ global initiative
will visit regions around the world in
turn, shifting its spotlight to match the
pace and impact of interesting develop-
ments in computing. We hope to revisit
regions about once every two years.
I am pleased to report that we
have already begun. The first special
section will focus on China, where
we have convened an extraordinary
team of industry and academic leaders committed to attend the kickoff meeting (set for March 8th at the
UChicago Beijing Center), and we are
actively planning successors in other
parts of the world.
How we do this is instrumental.
The special sections will be led by a
regional team who will nominate,
select, and drive authorship of the
section’s content. By design, this
will encourage active participation
of a growing global community in
Communications. To drive creation of
the regional teams and the entire
series of special sections, we are
adding a new section to the Editorial Board of Communications. Serendipitously, this creates new opportunities for you to volunteer and
contribute to the magazine.
Expect to hear more about this
late in 2018 when we print the first
Andrew A. Chien, EDI TOR-IN-CHIEF
Andrew A. Chien is the William Eckhardt Distinguished
Service Professor in the Department of Computer Science
at the University of Chicago, Director of the CERES Center
for Unstoppable Computing, and a Senior Scientist at
Argonne National Laboratory.
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Here Comes Everybody...
DOI: 10.1145/3183638 Andrew A. Chien
I am pleased to announce a new
Communications of the ACM initiative with
the ambitious goal of expanding
the Communications community globally.