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ComSoc Technology News (CTN) is a free, online monthly publication that publishes interesting, timely, and newsworthy articles that span a wide range of topics related to the communications technology industry. Our mission is to be an informational resource that brings diverse perspective and thought leadership, while providing a platform for lively discussion amongst our readers.

CTN is run by a team of volunteer editorial board members who are technical experts in diverse fields. All articles are reviewed and edited by a technical editor. The editor-in-chief performs the final review prior to publication. 

June 2020 Issue

To Be or Not to Be—There in Person: What is the Future of the Technical Conference?

It is the best of times and the worst of times for conference organizers. For a short while it looked like conferences would be cancelled this year. Instead they have come roaring back, online. Attendance at large conferences has more than doubled, except that no one is physically coming to them and in many cases most are not paying to attend. For this month’s CTN news feed our brave authors spent quite a bit of time picking through what is going on and tried to draw some conclusions on what all of this means to the future of technical conferences and in particular our beloved IEEE ComSoC conferences. It turned out to be a highly charged topic for many that we spoke to.  We are sure you have an opinion too. Comments, as always, welcome at the end of the article.

Alan Gatherer, CTN Editor-in-Chief


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