You may not be aware of it, but SIGCHI, the Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction, has grown incredibly in recent years: The number of local groups (Local SIGs as they are called) have risen from the first in Boston in 1986, to 15 in 1992, toand I just did a count on the Local SIGs Web site66 local groups now, with as many groups outside the USA as inside. There are groups in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific, and Africa. And if you take the per-capita membership of these groups, some of them are huge, certainly larger per-capita than the U.S. membership of SIGCHI.
Being involved both nationally in the Netherlands and internationally, I know how vibrant a local scene can be, and how difficult it can be to communicate that vibrancy outside its own circle. There are linguistic barriers of course, as well as some less obvious cultural ones, and the ever-present financial ones.
This issue is a report on international issues especially with relation to developing countries. Everyone involved with this issue deserves great praise, but I would especially like to thank Susan Dray, David Siegel and Paula Kotzé, the issue’s guest editors for their hard work and the great result.
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