GUIDELINES

Scope

Bloggers should explore the new spaces of possibilities emerging around us and speculate about how those spaces might be influenced by computing technology and policies and practices. The audience includes members of ACM and the public who want orientation and interpretation of computing technology trends, a pretty diverse audience who are not necessarily computing professionals.

What We Look for 

Ideally, Ubiquity blog posts should satisfy these goals:

  • Orientation toward the future of computing
  • Speculations about what might happen under the influence of computing technology
  • Creative speculations – new ideas and interpretations
  • One (bold) main claim – stated in the title
  • Grounding – supporting reasons and evidence – for the main claim
  • Images and links to interesting supporting materials
  • Exciting and believable
  • Beginning of a conversation – an invitation for more

We recommend that blog posts be about two pages when printed, or about 700 words. Speak in active voice and do not be afraid of first person sentences where needed. Give proper attribution to your sources, such as quotes, documents, videos, or speeches.

Fate of Your Posts

Every blog post is an experiment to see what reactions, including none, it provokes in your readers. Posts that do not gather interest will receive no comments or negative comments. The editors watch which posts readers like and we read their comments, looking for topics and ideas that provoke interest. Posts that provoke no interest quickly fade into obscurity. Posts that provoke interest become starting points for more posts, interviews, longer commentaries, and occasionally symposia.

Avoid Self Promotion

We welcome discussion of your own experience and work when it supports your main claim. We ask however that you avoid coming across as excessively promoting yourself, colleagues, students, or organizations. Disclose connections that might affect reader interpretations such as you are a member of the board of directors of an organization you are discussing.

Editorial Management

Blogs are posted by the editors and other bloggers approved by an editor. We encourage bloggers to distribute drafts among the editors for quick reactions before posting. The editors reserve the right to remove posts containing content not appropriate or relevant to our audience.

Intellectual Property

The blog text is owned by the blogger.

By submitting your blog entry or comment for distribution in BLOG@UBIQUITY, you hereby grant ACM the non-exclusive, perpetual and worldwide rights to publish and redistribute, edit or adapt and archive the blog entry in print or electronic formats published by ACM.

Being a Blogger

If you would like to blog for Ubiquity, even for one post, contact us at blog@ubiquity.acm.org. Please explain what you will write about or send us a draft.