Many ask if the Internet is the CB radio or the 8-track cassette player of the '90s. The better question is whether the Internet is the Los Angeles of the '40s: an urban frontier of the Far West, where every person has a chance to create something new and fine, where success takes only intelligence, creativity, and courage.If this analogy holds true, we have less than a decade in Internet years before it becomes a sprawling wasteland of commercial interests and cyber-carhops hoping for a big break because they have a Web page best viewed with Netscape 3XX.0 or better.Then there is the "Dilbert" view of the world in which the engineer hopes eternally that reason will prevail and those who understand our technology will get to make decisions about its future … and is frustrated eternally by organizational inanity.
• To Bob Filman, for his excellent support of the magazine for the past four years, and for making my participation possible.
• To Doug Lea, who now serves as associate editor in chief and oversees each of the theme issues.
• To Siobhán Clarke, our newest associate editor in chief, who is overseeing columns and tracks.
• To the rest of the editorial board, for all their hard work writing content for the magazine, assembling special issues, supervising reviews, and everything else.
• To the staff at the IEEE Computer Society: Rebecca Deuel, the lead editor; Hazel Kosky, the manuscript assistant; and Steve Woods, the group managing editor. They have all worked tirelessly on behalf of the magazine and kept us on track, on time, and on topic. (Well, maybe not the last.)
• Lastly, to the authors who provide content to the magazine. We couldn't do it without you! Keep in mind that the magazine publishes not only theme issues (the upcoming calls for papers appear in every issue and online) and tracks (spanning several issues) but also general content unrelated to any specific call. If you have something interesting to write, please submit it.