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Peter J. Denning, Editor in ChiefThe digitally connected world has become a large, swirling sea of information stripped of context.

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Communication Corner

The secrets of writing a truly useful executive summary

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.

The purpose of an executive summary is not to summarize, but to direct the reader's interest. The wider the intended audience, the wider will be their range of specific interests. But however diverse the readership, they want the document to clearly direct them to what they must read, leaving any additional text they may wish to also peruse to their own judgement.



A conversation with Ella Peltonen: why theoretical machine learning and distributed systems researchers should find a common language

Interviewed by Bushra Anjum

In this interview, Ubiquity's senior editor Dr. Bushra Anjum chats with Dr. Ella Peltonen, a research scientist with the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland, about the traditional divide between theoretical machine learning and the more applied fields of distributed systems. They then discuss the need for environments and opportunities where researchers from both theory and application areas can discuss, share their latest findings, and understand each other. ...


Will post COVID-19 education be digital?: Virtual round table featuring Peter Denning, Andrew Odlyzko, Espen Andersen, and Jeffrey Johnson

by Kemal A. Delic, Jeff A. Riley

The world is experiencing large-scale social and behavioral changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As millions of students worldwide struggle to continue studies in these difficult circumstances, digital education must adapt. The discussion within aims to seed a follow-up debate, culminating in a free, one-hour webinar. ...


What can a bumbling, inarticulate Los Angeles cop teach us about effective communication?

by Philip Yaffe

Creative (fiction) writers have an advantage over expository (non-fiction) writers. Fiction is designed to amuse and entertain, which most people look forward to. Exposition is designed to instruct and inform, which most people do not look forward to. "Columbo," the perennially popular TV series (re-runs are still being shown around the world), demonstrates how this inherent handicap can be overcome ...