IN MY MARCH 2018 editorial “Here Comes Everybody … to Communications,” I an- nounced an initiative to ex- pand the Communications of
the ACM community globally. I am
pleased to introduce the first regional
special section, which we hope will
become a feature in Communications
that you anticipate and enjoy, and of
course value for the insights and perspectives it presents!
The theme for the regional special
sections is, “Here Comes Everybody
to Communications.”a Why bring everybody to the magazine? Because the
flagship publication of the world’s
leading computing professional society must include important voices and
a variety of perspectives regarding the
present and future of computing, regardless of where they may be found.
Over the years, computing has grown
into virtually every industry and every
product, impacting every aspect of society and the economy of every nation;
at the same time, the computing profession also has expanded into communities around the globe.
Computing’s invention and continuing innovation is a global enterprise. While the technical foundations of computing may be universal,
the design of many systems’ most
important aspects—how they relate
to society, government, the structure
of commerce, and individual enlightenment and perspective, as well as
a This title borrows from Clay Shirky’s 2008
book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, which described
the growing power of groups of individuals to
organize large-scale activities without relying
on traditional corporate organizations.
fundamental choices about security,
privacy, free speech, and control—
increasingly reflect distinctive regional,
national, and community cultures.
Communications should be an inclusive forum that spans the global
community, with active participation
from everyone, everywhere. The goal
of Communications’ global initiative
is to bring untapped insights and
focused coverage to our readers by
providing highlights of computing
from regions around the world. We
will add a special section to a few issues of Communications each year,
highlighting the leadership, unique
characteristics, and distinctive development of computing in the region.
The Communications global initiative
will visit regions around the world in
turn, shifting its spotlight to match
the pace and impact of interesting de-
velopments in computing. We hope to
revisit each global region about every
Each of the Special Sections is led
by a regional team that nominates,
selects, and drives authorship of the
section’s content. We began building our team of industry and academic leaders for the China Region
nearly one year ago. The team gathered at the University of Chicago
Center in Beijing in March 2018 to
brainstorm topics and form article
To drive this and future regional
coverage, we also have added new
members to the Communications editorial board specifically focused on Special
Sections. Led by Sriram Rajamani, they
were actively involved in vetting and
improving the articles in this inaugural China Region special section.
Thanks to all of the authors, the
section leaders, Wenguang Chen
(Tsinghua University), and Xiang-Yang Li
(University of Science and Technology of China), and a special thanks
to Lihan Chen, who created and drove
the process that made the China Region
special section a reality.
I hope you enjoy it!
Andrew A. Chien, EDITOR-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.
P.S. The next regional special section is already under way,
focused on Europe. Look for it in early 2019!
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needs to include
and a variety
present and future
regardless of where
they may be found.