COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM
5 Editor’s Letter
Revisiting the Publication Culture
in Computing Research
By Moshe Y. Vardi
6 Letters to the Editor
Too Much Debate?
8 In the Virtual Extension
Too Much Programming Too Soon?
Mark Guzdial and Judy Robertson
discuss the role of programming
in introductory computer science.
12 CACM Online
Granting a Second Life
By David Roman
Solutions and Sources
By Peter Winkler
120 Future Tense
The Primal Cue
Cybersecurity depends on
the human dimension.
By Ari Juels
Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession
13 CS and Biology’s Growing Pains
Biologists can benefit from
learning and using the tools
of computer science, but several
real-world obstacles remain.
By Gregory Goth
16 Engineering the Web’s Third Decade
As Web technologies move beyond
two-way interactive capabilities
to facilitate more dynamic and
pervasive experiences, the Web is
quickly advancing toward its third
By Kirk L. Kroeker
19 Tracking Garbage
Researchers are focusing on
the so-called “removal chain” in
an attempt to save landfill space,
improve recycling rates, and trim
the flow of toxic materials into
By Samuel Greengard
21 Katayanagi Prizes
and Other CS Awards
22 Economic and Business Dimensions
Gaming Will Save Us All
How gaming, as the first media
market to successfully transition
is an exemplar for a similar
evolutionary transition of
content and entertainment.
By Tim Chang
25 Legally Speaking
Only Technological Processes
The U.S. Supreme Court will narrow
the universe of process innovations
that can be patented to those that are
“technological,” but what will that
mean for software?
By Pamela Samuelson
28 Computing Ethics
The Ethics Beat
Surveying the increasing variety
and nature of ethical challenges
encountered by computing
researchers and practitioners.
By Rachelle Hollander
30 The Profession of IT
in Pluralistic Networks
Learning to build virtual teams
of people of diverse backgrounds
is an urgent challenge.
By Peter J. Denning, Fernando Flores,
and Peter Luzmore
33 Broadening Participation
Hiring and Developing Minority
Faculty at Research Universities
Emphasizing the importance
of creating more programs and
investing more funding toward
the goal of developing minority
faculty at research universities.
By Richard Tapia
36 IT Policy
Making the Case for Computing
Seeking funding for current and
future computing initiatives requires
both a strong argument and a broad
community of supporters.
By Cameron Wilson and Peter Harsha
Privacy on the Data Web
Considering the nebulous question
of ownership in the virtual realm.
By Kieron O’Hara and Nigel Shadbolt