History of Computing in Latin America

October–December 2015

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The collection of articles on the history of computing in Latin America reflects a growing body of work looking at the influences and effects of computer technology in the region. The articles here cover a broad range of topics, including the degree of dissemination of computer machinery, the availability of local expertise, the regulation of the computer markets, the quantity and quality of local activities involving computers, the role played by the state, and the relations between the computer and telecommunication sectors. More »

About IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history through scholarly articles by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand accounts by computing pioneers. Annals is the authoritative archival journal for the history of computing.

Articles from IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Embodied Software: Patents and the History of Software Development, 1946-1970

Embodied Software: Patents and the History of Software Development, 1946-1970

In the late 1960s, the "embodying software" technique became an important technical and legal part of the history of software patents. Read full article »

Transitions from Analog to Digital Computing in Electric Power Systems

Transitions from Analog to Digital Computing in Electric Power Systems

After World War II, power companies were slow in transitioning from the old analog computing apparatus to digital computing to improve economy loading. Read full article »

Announcements

SIGCIS Mahoney Prize

SIGCIS is offering the Mahoney Prize for the best article on the history of computing. More information »

Special Features

Interview with Jonathan Koomey
In today's era of battery-powered mobile devices, computing is being driven as much by energy efficiency as by performance. Research by Stanford University associate professor Jonathan Koomey discovered that since the 1940s, computers' energy efficiency has doubled about every year and a half. The Inside Story interviewed Koomey to learn more about his research and his predictions for the future. Hear interview and read full article »

The History of the History of Software
In this article, Martin Campbell-Kelly describes how writing software history has evolved over the last 40 years. The article has stirred up strong feelings among writers and readers of computing history. Read full article »

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