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Peter J. Denning, Editor in ChiefThe digitally connected world has become a large, swirling sea of information stripped of context. We help our readers make sense of it, find meaning in it, learn what to trust, and speculate on our future.

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Ubiquity Upgrades!



An interview with Bushra Anjum: learning to be a generalist is valuable to your career

Interviewed by Peter Denning

Ubiquity's Innovation Leaders consists of interviews of young professionals. Through this section, we aim to give voice to the many moving and compelling stories our young professionals are bringing to their work and our field. First up is our own, Bushra Anjum. ...

Communication Corner

The 7% rule revisited

by Philip Yaffe

The whole objective of most speeches is to convey information, or to defend or rally people to a point of view. Gestures and tone may help inspire people to adopt your point of view, but is non-verbal communication truly 93% of all communication? ...


Banishing the fear of public speaking

October 2018
by Philip Yaffe

Each "Communication Corner" essay is self-contained; however, they build on each other. For best results, before reading this essay and doing the exercise, go to the first essay "How an Ugly Duckling Became a Swan," then read each succeeding essay.

In this installment, Philip Yaffe explores how speak to a crowd.



Big data: big data or big brother? that is the question now.

August 2018
by Jeffrey Johnson, Peter Denning, Kemal A. Delic, David Sousa-Rodrigues

This ACM Ubiquity Symposium presented some of the current thinking about big data developments across four topical dimensions: social, technological, application, and educational. While 10 articles can hardly touch the expanse of the field, we have sought to cover the most important issues and provide useful insights for the curious reader. More than two dozen authors from academia and industry provided shared their points of view, their current focus of interest and their outlines of future research. Big digital data has changed and will change the world in many ways. It will bring some big benefits in the future, but combined with big AI and big IoT devices creates several big challenges. These must be carefully addressed and properly resolved for the future benefit of humanity.