FCA Discussions

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…


REF 2021: Tackling Bias in the Research Excellence Framework

Dr Julie R. Williamson, University of Glasgow  The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluates research quality at higher education institutions in the UK, with a significant impact on the allocation of competitive funding.  With £2 billion at stake based on performance,  universities…


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…