Internet Governance

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their September general meeting on Thursday September 26th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: CCAT East Hartford
222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)


As the Internet gains an almost ubiquitous status in much of today’s world, the governance of the Internet has become an important subject of study. Internet governance affects various critical issues such as open access, freedom of expression, innovation and new applications, commerce, development, and security. To date much of the discourse on Internet governance has been within the ranks of politicians, political analysts, as well as I-School and Communications School researchers. Internet governance discussions are often dictated by geopolitical issues. The perceived hegemony of the developed West regarding the governance of the Internet is increasingly facing challenges from developing countries. Some of these developing countries have even sought to exercise control over the Internet within their countries. All of these issues make Internet governance a potentially important area of study for Information Systems researchers and academics. In this paper talk I (will) briefly trace the history of Internet governance, and using that as the basis, explore more deeply the issue of Internet governance from a developing country – namely India’s perspective. The paper talk (will) examines various issues and their genesis, and then provides some potential approaches for dealing with global Internet governance.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ramesh Subramanian is the Gabriel Ferrucci Professor of Computer Information Systems at the School of Business, Quinnipiac University and is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School’s “Information Society Project,” where he researches on the intersection of security, privacy, public policy and law, and the history of computing. Dr. Subramanian has also taught courses at Rutgers University (USA), the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (India) and XLRI, Jamshedpur (India), and has given presentations at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School as a member of the Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group.

Prior to Quinnipiac, Dr. Subramanian was at the IBM Advanced Technology Lab, where he was a Senior Software Engineer and led a project associated with the initial development of a new-generation collaboration tool which has since become IBM Community Tools Suite. He was also a project leader for the development of an intra-company P2P resource sharing prototype code-named “Mesh.” He holds U.S. and international patents resulting from this work. Prior to IBM, Dr. Subramanian has held the following positions: Associate Professor of MIS (tenured), College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Instructor of Computer Science, Rutgers University, NJ; Member of the Technical Staff (MTS), Database Research District, Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ; Consultant, British Petroleum, Anchorage, Alaska; Consultant, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Subramanian’s current research interests include Information Systems Security, History of Technology, ICT4D, Technology and Privacy Policy. He is especially interested in the intersection of security, privacy and politics, and has published several peer-reviewed articles and papers. In 2007-2008, Dr. Subramanian was awarded a Fulbright Senior Researcher grant to study the effects and consequences of Internet spread in rural India.

About the Venue

The talk will be held in the M&S Theater in the CCAT building (222 Pitkin St, East Hartford). CCAT locks the doors at 5pm, however, someone will be monitoring the doors until 6pm and signs will be posted with directions for entry after that. Refreshments of pizza and soda will be provided courtesy of our sponsor TEKsystems.

Understanding Cloud Computing Dimensions

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their August general meeting on Monday August 26th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Monday August 26, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: CCAT East Hartford
222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)


“The convergence of cloud and the exponential rise in data are creating unprecedented opportunities for IT professionals, but also is leading to an ever-increasing knowledge and skills gap in the IT industry. ” This gap will only be filled as the definitions of cloud computing are solidified and widely understood. There is much confusion over what cloud computing is, and how to define it. This presentation will use technical history, combined with the attributes and definitions of major players in the cloud industry and NIST to describe a unified definition of cloud computing.

The cloud is defined by three dimensions: essential characteristics, service models, and deployment models. All cloud deployments are defined by these dimensions. These create an ecosystem under which cloud service and data providers operate. The location of a cloud (on premise or off premise) does not define the deployment (public/private/hybrid/community) but rather the level of access and type of deployment do – this distinction will be clarified.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gendron has over 30 years of industry and academic experience in information systems. He has held positions such as CIO for a large health maintenance organization, and as a research analyst for a state health department. He holds his Ph.D. in Information Science with specializations in Information Decision Systems and Health Policy and Management from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Gendron has recently published two books: Business Driven Data Communications (c) 2013 and Business Intelligence Applied: Building Effective Information and Communications Infrastructure (c) 2012. A third book on Cloud Strategy is in process.

3D Printing

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their July general meeting on Tuesday July, 23rd at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: CCAT Innovation Center
Please use these Directions! GPS will lead you to the wrong location. In case you get lost, please call 860-291-8832 OR 860-610-0478 and we will help you.


Jeff Crandall will discuss the process additive manufacturing, the process of creating 3D objects by layering materials and provide a live demonstration.

About the Speaker

Jeff has over twenty years experience in Facilities Management planning, acquisition, construction, renovation, maintenance and operation of over three hundred fifty thousand square feet of offices, laboratories, clean rooms and high-tech precision manufacturing space in multi-building campuses. He is also skilled in supply line/purchasing and contract/vendor performance, and small business start-up and operation. His technical background is in photo-optical engineering and system design, lasers, and data collection, analysis and research.

2013-2014 Nominations for Officers

The Greater Hartford ACM Chapter is seeking nominations for the following offices; Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer/Secretary. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please use the comment section and indicate whom you are nominating and for which position. Voting will take place in July after our next general meeting. Below are a listing of the officer duties…

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The Chapter Chair

The chapter Chairperson has the overall responsibility for developing chapter programs, for ensuring that plans and assignments are carried out, and for seeing that the chapter fulfills its obligations to the Association. The Chairperson should be familiar with the policies and procedures of the Association, with the chapter’s bylaws, and with the duties of all the other chapter officers and committee chairpersons.

The newly-elected Chairperson should schedule an executive committee meeting which includes the outgoing officers as well. At that time, the Chairperson may want to schedule executive council meetings for the entire year. Keep in mind the advantages of scheduling the meeting at the same time each month.

Before getting too far along in the chapter’s year, the Chairperson should do the following: appoint or establish nominating committee according to bylaws for next year’s elections; communicate activities of the chapter to the local membership (many chapter chairpersons write a column in the chapter newsletter); set audit procedures in motion at year end for financial records turnover; and plan a budget with the chapter Treasurer, to be reviewed and approved by the entire executive council.

If the chapter’s area includes other local ACM groups, the Chairperson should contact the appropriate chairpersons and suggest a meeting. At the meeting, the chairpersons should discuss the possibilities for cooperative efforts, such as joint meetings, reciprocal advertising agreements, the sharing of membership lists, and planning of lecture tours. They should also discuss meeting times to ensure that one group’s meetings do not conflict with meetings of other ACM chapters in the area.

One of the most important duties of the chapter Chairperson is finding enthusiastic and qualified members to serve as committee chairpersons. The Chairperson should strive to bring new people into the committee structure to provide training for future chapter leaders. The job of chapter chairperson will be much more enjoyable and (much less exhausting) once responsible and reliable volunteers are found to take on various duties. It is strongly recommended that the chapter chairperson take the time at general meetings to acknowledge those chapter volunteers whose help has been valuable. This positive feedback and public recognition of good works is often just the encouragement an active volunteer needs to commit to a longer-term leadership position in the chapter in future years.

The Chapter Vice Chair

The chapter Vice Chairperson should be prepared to assume the office of Chairperson or temporarily act in that position at any time. The Vice Chairperson should be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of the Chairperson, and of the other elected officers and committee chairpersons.

The Vice Chairperson can be an integral component of the chapter’s operation. In most cases, the Vice Chairperson is responsible for overseeing the activities and progress of the various committee and chapter programs.

The Chapter Treasurer and Secretary

The chapter’s financial management and operation are of great importance to the Association. The chapter Treasurer is responsible for the fiscal operation and reporting of the chapter, and of all committees and programs established by the chapter.

Upon assuming office, it is recommended that the Treasurer notify banks of signature change on accounts and verify that the ACM Chief Operating Officer has signature authority on all bank accounts.

The ongoing responsibilities of the chapter treasurer include:
1. Maintaining all chapter financial records and chapter checkbook;
2. Collecting money at meetings if applicable;
3. Filing mandatory annual financial report with headquarters;
4. Supplying appropriate budget report to the executive board of the chapter;
5. Reporting financial status to chapter;
6. Coordinating membership procedure and fee with membership chairperson.

The ongoing responsibilities of the Chapter Secretary include:
1. Informing ACM Headquarters of the names and contact information of new officers and providing headquarters with updated membership lists;
2. Sending agenda to board members for executive board meetings and recording the minutes of such meetings;
3. Handling all chapter correspondence on a timely basis;
4. Maintaining chapter files for historical purposes;
5. Corresponding with headquarters regarding changes to the chapter’s bylaws.

Driving Growth in Technology

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their June general meeting on Tuesday June, 18th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: CCAT East Hartford
222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)


Growth through innovation is not just about technology or
products but rather about the careful design and optimization of
the business with people, processes, policies, and partners with
purpose, passion, persistence, and perspiration!

In this talk, Dr. Srini Chari will share his experiences first
in working at a large technology firm (IBM); followed by running
a small emerging technology software startup; and now at being a
solo entrepreneur. He will discuss the key differences between
these three scenarios. including how to optimize and grow the
business by working with key stakeholders including investors,
clients, business partners, employees, and others.

He will take a 360-degree-view examining each business scenario
across various dimensions, ranging from strategy (strategic intent
marketplace insight, technology innovation, business design) to
execution (critical operational tasks, climate/culture, talent,
organization, etc.). He will highlight the key differences and
lessons to be learned. Most of the talk will focus on the practical
aspects of leading or running a technology intensive business.

About the Speaker

Srini has over 20 years of experience in information technology
and is an authority on emerging computing technologies with a
focus on high performance computing and cloud computing. Prior
to co-founding Cabot Partners Group, Srini was president and CEO
of TurboWorx, Inc., a bioinformatics software company providing
workflow solutions for grids and clusters.

Before that, Srini spent 13 years at IBM, where his last
position was Program Director, Emerging Businesses, Corporate
Strategy. Srini was a start-up member of IBM’s Life Sciences and
Healthcare business unit.

Software Patents and Intellectual Property

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their May general meeting on Tuesday May, 7th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: CCAT East Hartford

222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)

Intellectual property protections, such as patents and copyrights, are supposed to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts” — but do they always?

Does the rapid development and growth of software and other computer-related industries exist because of or in spite of the myriad intellectual property protections that cover software?

This talk will describe how software came to be covered by both copyrights and patents, and discuss the complexities and potential problems with existing law. Particularly, the talk will focus on whether the availability of software patents helps or harms new companies, and why the patent system sometimes fails to achieve its own goal of providing incentives to create new inventions and industries.

Christina M. Mulligan is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Kauffman Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She previously served as a law clerk in the chambers of Judge Charles F. Lettow at the United States Court of Federal Claims, a visiting fellow of the Information Society Project, and a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice. She holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard. She has written several papers on the subject of patent reform and has had her work featured on NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Can You Be a Little Bit Agile

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their first general meeting on Tuesday April, 9th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: CCAT East Hartford

222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)


Agile Practices provide excellent ways for IT and Business to collaborate and deliver business value. Yet, to fully leverage Agile Practices often requires significant changes to corporate culture and human resource management. Some organizations are either unwilling or unable to immediately undertake these kinds of changes. Can such organizations still be “a little bit Agile?” In this presentation, Sue Burk presents her experience-based views on what it means for your organization to adopt Agile practices, where you can compromise as you adopt and adapt, and which compromises to avoid. She will also explain why “be as agile as you can be” positions an organization for immediate benefits while not preventing it from a more complete adoption of Agile and its much greater benefits at a later date. And she will relate how a careful introduction of selected Agile practices can whet organizational appetite for a more complete adoption.


Sue Burk, Principal of Top Five to Seven LLC, has more than twenty-five years of experience working with project teams, centers of excellence, and competency centers, helping them adopt and adapt improved requirements, analysis, software architecture, estimating, testing, and iterative development practices. She is also a Certified Scrum Master, and supports teams adopting agile and lean practices. Her presentations have been featured for more than twenty years at user groups throughout the United States, including the Connecticut Object-Oriented User Group the predecessor of the CT JUG , the Data Management Association (DAMA) and the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). She continues to support software and business organizations as a mentor, modeler, assessor, and facilitator. She also applies the same modeling, estimation and facilitation techniques at non-profit organizations to help them define, evaluate, and prioritize their potential initiatives.