Issue 12.1 of SIGecom Exchanges includes a letter from the program chairs of EC’13, a survey, and six research letters. The purpose of the first letter is to update the community about some of the decisions and discussions surrounding EC’13. The previous Exchanges issue — 11.2 — included a letter from the SIG chair David Parkes, and going forward the plan is to alternate between these two types of updates, publishing a letter from the SIG chair in each December issue and a letter from the EC chairs in each June issue.
The survey continues a new tradition that started with Eric Budish’s survey in issue 11.2. This tradition actually turned out to be very useful — when I want to catch up on a hot area all I need to do is invite a survey, wait a few months, and voila! This time I invited Mallesh Pai and Aaron Roth to contribute a survey on differential privacy and mechanism design. There has been a lot of action in this space lately, including very recent workshops at Caltech and in NYC, and an upcoming EC workshop organized by Mallesh and Aaron. Their survey is a 22-page masterpiece that is as readable and intuitive as it is comprehensive (the area is still young enough to be covered in full). Tip: don’t miss footnote 11!
As a special bonus to the readers of the blog, I’ll add another exclusive piece of Exchanges trivia: Milind Tambe now holds the record for the largest number of letters published in Exchanges, with a whopping four letters!