Chat: Charlene Walrad, VP of Standards Activities, Board of Governors IEEE-CS

Charlene (Chuck) Walrad Position statement: I very much appreciate the honor of being nominated as First Vice President of the Computer Society. As a long-time participant in a very wide range of CS boards and committees, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a volunteer has been the opportunity to work with volunteers in…


Chat on Improving Education: Lauren Woodman Microsoft General Manager, Education Programs; Top Global Technology Policy Authority

I met Lauren at the February UNESCO summit in Paris where we were both speakers. Lauren provided a passionate description of education challenges which resonated with me due to my long teaching background. Subsequently I talked about her work at the May ITU/UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva and again a…


Tame Your Organization’s Infrastructure Via Free Microsoft Courseware

Knowledge has always been an IT Professionals best weapon.  A statement made many a time, but IT Professional knowledge actually breaks down into two parts: studied and practical. Both parts are symbiotic, like ying and yang, as practical knowledge requires studied knowledge to flourish.  Certification is a testament to the knowledge acquired.  It acts as…


Ron McLaren, Operations Manager SFIA, International Top Authority in Skills and Capability Management

Ron McLaren has long-term practical IT industry experience, having worked extensively with the development, introduction and marketing of new technologies, products and techniques since 1966. This has involved the management of technical people in customer-facing, product development and service delivery environments. Latterly he has concentrated on the management of the IT capability of individuals: he…


David Alan Grier 2013 President IEEE-CS, Top International Technology and Policy Authority

David Alan Grier is the 2013 President of the IEEE Computer Society. He has served the society as its Vice President of Publications, Director of Magazines, and Editor in Chief of the IEEE Annals. He writes on the subject of technology and its social implications. His books include: "When Computers Were Human" (Princeton 2005), "Too…


Celebrating 40th Anniversary “Social Issues in Computing”

A few people were invited to contribute articles in honour of Kelly’s and Allan’s seminal book, Social Issues in Computing. The University of Toronto has a blog in celebration of the 40th anniversary in the publication of the pioneering work. Here are the initial entries: Authors (Kelly) Gotlieb and (Allan) Borodin interviewed: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/01/interview-p1/ Vint Cerf…