Computing Community Consortium Blog

The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

Archive for January 9th, 2012


First Person: “The Man Who Wants to Translate the Web”

January 9th, 2012 / in research horizons, Research News / by Erwin Gianchandani

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Luis von Ahn is featured in’s TEDTalk Tuesdays this week for his Duolingo project, which seeks to provide a free way to learn languages and translate the World Wide Web. Check out Luis’s write-up for below, and video of his TED Talk after the jump. I want to translate the Web into every major language: every webpage, every video, and, yes, even Justin Bieber’s tweets.   With its content split up into hundreds of languages — and with over 50% of it in English — most of the Web is inaccessible to most people in the world. This problem is pressing, now more than ever, with millions of people […]

New DoD Strategy Puts Focus on Technological Innovation

January 9th, 2012 / in policy, research horizons / by Erwin Gianchandani

President Obama, together with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and members of the Armed Forces, rolled out a new military strategy in a much-publicized event at the Pentagon last week. What’s interesting is that the strategy calls for an increased investment on technological innovation, including in areas of cybersecurity and intelligence systems. As the President penned in his written introduction to the strategy: As we end today’s wars and reshape our Armed Forces, we will ensure that our military is agile, flexible, and ready for the full range of contingencies. In particular, we will continue to invest in the capabilities critical to future success, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; counterterrorism; countering weapons of […]