David Alan Grier

The Errant Hashtag

The Errant Hashtag is a column that wanders through the world of computer science and computer engineering. It looks for the human element, the people who create the new technology and tries to understand how they innovate. It is supposed to be an interactive column, a chance for people to tell their own stories and help us understand the state of the technological world. It is a column about people, about what they do, and about how they contribute to the field of computing

David Alan Grier, an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is an IEEE Fellow and the author of the forthcoming book, "The Company We Keep". Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Errant Hashtag: The Trappings of Power

 

AutAuthor David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses "power walls" past and present, the places where we post pictures of ourselves with the powerful, famous, or merely notorious and ask our friends to admire the social standing these pictures represent.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Not Part of the Plan

 

AutAuthor David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses the importance of making computer certification programs easy to access for people of all walks of life. From Computer's October 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/10/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Good of the City

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how the idea of "smart cities" makes more sense than the idea of "smart homes."

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Tenor of Our Times

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses cathe history of search and how he came to find that "innovation" describes the tenor of our times. From Computer's August 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/08/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Short-Term Loan

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses career arcs in technical fields from design to management to leadership and the value of having an engineering degree. From Computer's July 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/07/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Comfort Zone

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how interdisciplinary work is a key part of computing, but that it often demands we drop old conceptions and learn to think as others do. From Computer's June 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/05/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Working in Conference

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how technology might allow us to validate the claim that conferences do real work. From Computer's May 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/05/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Equal before the Bar

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses crowdsourcing and his participation in the Global Tag Challenge. View the full-resolution version at. From Computer's April 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/04/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

Attention to Context

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how security policies provide guiding hands to help ensure cybersecurity. From Computer's March 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/03/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

.From Computer's March 2013 issue. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

The Ethical Dilemma

It's not just right or wrong.  Ethics means something more than that.  There is an ehtical component to almost anything that we do.  But in most cases, the ethical component is the aspect that must engage the community.  We need the support and respect of a community for almost everything that we do.  How do we craft our technical actions to fit into this kind of framework.  This is the Ethical Dilemma. 

 

.From Computer's February 2013 issue. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

The Here and Now

Is it new or is it old?  What do we learn from Internet postings?  In this first column of the new feature "The Errant Hashtag" we look at the fact that the Internet not only compresses space, it collapses time as well,  When you live on the Internet, you need to ask "Where are you now?" but also "What time is it there?" 

 From Computer's January 2013 issue:  http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/01/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

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