Brent Hecht

FCA Chair Brent Hecht's Opening Speech at the 2018 FCA Annual Meeting

I thought a good place for us to start was to reflect on our mission statement from our strategic planning meeting about 10 months ago. According to this statement: The mission of the FCA is to substantially improve (1) computing, (2) the computing community, and (3) computing's relationship with…


Towards a Computer Science That Addresses its Negative Impacts on Society

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA) recently published a proposal that made some waves among computer science researchers. Put simply, the proposal argued that we computer scientists need to do a much better job at confronting and addressing the negative impacts of our innovations (e.g.…


It’s Time to Do Something: Mitigating the Negative Impacts of Computing Through a Change to the Peer Review Process

The computing research community needs to work much harder to address the downsides of our innovations. Between the erosion of privacy [6,8,9,29,31], threats to democracy [16,27], and automation’s effect on employment [2,4,12,35] (among many other issues), we can no longer simply assume that our…


Hello World: Welcome to the FCA Blog!

Welcome to the blog for the ACM Future of Computing Academy! The Future of Computing Academy (FCA) is a global professional society for early-career researchers and practitioners in computing. We’re a competitively-selected organization within ACM, the world’s largest computing professional society…