• Membership. Developing new membership benefits is a high priority in view of declining membership. This might include further incentives to attract new student members. Retaining student members as full members is also an issue that needs attention.
• Accreditation. The Computer Society has developed excellent accreditation tools and services for the computing community. I will work toward acceptance and recognition of these accreditation efforts and enlist the help of IEEE-USA in gaining government support for accreditation within the US.
• Literacy. The Computer Society should seize the opportunity to provide educational material that supports the development of increased computer literacy.
• Conferences. Conferences provide the main forum for in-person member contacts and the exchange of technical information. They are a vital component of Computer Society activities. Maintaining the viability of the conference program is therefore a priority.
• Internationalization. I consider it a priority to engage the Computer Society's international membership more effectively in Society activities. One way of doing this would be to create online communities to discuss issues of interest to all Computer Society members.
• Publications. One of the main incentives for joining the Computer Society has been its publishing program. Members typically can subscribe to IEEE and Society publications at a significantly reduced cost. The CSDL and IEL electronic libraries have, however, made individual subscription incentives of less value to many members, due to institutional subscriptions. I would therefore encourage the development of new publishing initiatives that lead to member retention.
• Open access. Open access has clear benefits for Computer Society members and the community in general, since it results in more freely available information. The challenge is to make open access economically viable.
• IEEE. I would encourage cooperation within the Technical Activities Board and with other major IEEE boards. I also advocate that the Computer Society avail itself of services offered by IEEE when they are advantageous to the Society.