So ACM has made their journals public access during the pandemic. I have been spending time systematically looking through every issue of Computing Surveys (check it out, one of the best most useful ACM journals). Since 2016, about a third of every issue has been devoted to thinly disguised mass techniques. Something is Very Fucked Up in computer science right now.

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Another interesting observation: in the same time frame, about a quarter of the papers in every issue are devoted to computer security, some of it on preventing insider attacks. My cynical take-away: "we will spy and record everything about you, but we do not actually know how to keep any of this data secure, and also we want to punish whistleblowers."

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