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How to Contribute to Ubiquity

Ubiquity aims to foster critical discussion and innovative thought among computing professionals and help them think about the future. This site is a peer-reviewed magazine devoted to the future of computing and the people who are creating it. All contributions must have an orientation toward the future of computing.

You can contribute to Ubiquity in numerous ways: submit blogs (short pieces with a grounded opinion by the author), commentaries (peer-reviewed essays that seeks to explain or enlighten), tutorials (simplifying explanations something complex emerging technology), interviews, videos, and symposia proposals. If you would like to blog for Ubiquity, send us a proposal or draft at For all other authors, we strongly encourage you to submit a pitch first.

Perhaps you have an interesting idea, but are not sure how to put pen to paper? Start with a pitch. If a Ubiquity senior editor likes your pitch, that editor will work with you to shape your article. Editors will seek additional review of your drafts. When done the editor can accept your article for publication. Acceptance of a pitch starts the writing and editing process, but does not guarantee that your article will be automatically accepted.

Without making a pitch, you can submit an article directly to the Manuscript Central system for Ubiquity. Follow the author submission protocol there. Ubiquity articles are normally limited to 2,500 words, although the editors will consider longer items. We strongly encourage you to include at least one graphic or image in your contribution.

For video content, you should not submit the video file, but instead provide a link to the existing video.

For blog posts, follow the guidelines.

Editors will review all contributions. We may edit for length, grammar, and style.

We do not accept research papers; use ACM journals and conferences for such papers.

Authors submitting an article to Ubiquity automatically agree to assign a limited license to ACM if and when the article is accepted for publication. This license allows ACM to publish an article in Ubiquity and to include articles other than blogs in the ACM Digital Library.

As a published ACM author, you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM's new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects.

2018 Symposia

Ubiquity symposium is an organized debate around a proposition or point of view. It is a means to explore a complex issue from multiple perspectives. An early example of a symposium on teaching computer science appeared in Communications of the ACM (December 1989).

To organize a symposium, please read our guidelines.


Ubiquity Symposium: Big Data

Table of Contents

  1. Big Data, Digitization, and Social Change (Opening Statement) by Jeffrey Johnson, Peter Denning, David Sousa-Rodrigues, Kemal A. Delic
  2. Big Data and the Attention Economy by Bernardo A. Huberman
  3. Big Data for Social Science Research by Mark Birkin
  4. Technology and Business Challenges of Big Data in the Digital Economy by Dave Penkler
  5. High Performance Synthetic Information Environments: An integrating architecture in the age of pervasive data and computing By Christopher L. Barrett, Jeffery Johnson, and Madhav Marathe
  6. Developing an Open Source "Big Data" Cognitive Computing Platform by Michael Kowolenko and Mladen Vouk
  7. When Good Machine Learning Leads to Bad Cyber Security by Tegjyot Singh Sethi and Mehmed Kantardzic
  8. Corporate Security is a Big Data Problem by Louisa Saunier and Kemal Delic
  9. Big Data: Business, technology, education, and science by Jeffrey Johnson, Luca Tesei, Marco Piangerelli, Emanuela Merelli, Riccardo Paci, Nenad Stojanovic, Paulo Leitão, José Barbosa, and Marco Amador
  10. Big Data or Big Brother? That is the question now (Closing Statement) by Jeffrey Johnson, Peter Denning, David Sousa-Rodrigues, Kemal A. Delic