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January 2015


From Schneier on Security

Defending Against Liar Buyer Fraud

Defending Against Liar Buyer Fraud

It's a common fraud on sites like eBay: buyers falsely claim that they never received a purchased item in the mail. Here's a paper on defending against this fraud through basic psychological security measures. It's preliminary


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public Input for 2015 DMCA Rulemaking

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyper Relevance in Retail

Hyper Relevance in Retail

So what is hyper relevance?  And all about dark assets that you are not using. Read about it in the Cisco blog.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personality Judgements by Computer

Personality Judgements by Computer

Supporting information for a proposed project:" ... This study compares the accuracy of personality judgment—a ubiquitous and important social-cognitive activity—between computer models and humans. Using several criteria, we


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data, Data Science, and other Buzzwords that Really Matter

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized a new seminar series on Data Science, Big Data, and Internet of Things. The series is a monthly one-hour informational presentation…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 20

January 20 President Obama will give his State of the Union address. 9 p.m., Capitol Building January 21 Hearing: The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobile Business in the Enterprise

New Mobile Business in the Enterprise

We looked at this topic a dozen years ago in the enterprise.  It is not only just about phone calls, but also about how two way, interactive, data rich interactions can be supported.  Its about creating foundational businessMore


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pizza Business Insights

Pizza Business Insights

In GigaOM:  Case study of the use of Splunk for mining business insight by Dominos.  Intrigued by the use of this new capability, especially for time domain, real time examples in marketing.  " ....  Domino’s can make more precise


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearable Data in the Medical Record

Wearable Data in the Medical Record

In Forbes: Wearables and analytical value.  Should they be in the medical record?" ... The great promise of wearables for medicine includes the opportunity for health measurement to participate more naturally in the flow of our


From Schneier on Security

Accountability as a Security System

Accountability as a Security System

At a CATO surveillance event last month, Ben Wittes talked about inherent presidential powers of surveillance with this hypothetical: "What should Congress have to say about the rules when Barack Obama wants to know what Vladimir


From Putting People First

Pfizer uses ethnography and medical anthropology in drug development process

Pfizer uses ethnography and medical anthropology in drug development process

In 2013 Pfizer leadership realized that to better enable patient engagement throughout the entirety of the drug discovery, development, and delivery process, the company needed to be more systematic. Pfizer CMO Freda Lewis-Hall


From Wild WebMink

Legislating For Unicorns

Legislating For Unicorns

When Julian Huppert MP (Lib-Dem) asked the Home Secretary Theresa May MP (Con) if banning encryption – as the Prime Minister had been interpreted as saying – is “genuinely what the Home Secretary wants to do?”, she evaded him


From Putting People First

Microsoft survey in 12 countries highlights people’s concerns about privacy

Microsoft survey in 12 countries highlights people’s concerns about privacy

Microsoft’s second annual survey (pdf) of Internet users around the world has many obvious insights on the benefits of technology for how people shop, work, learn, and generally get stuff done, but only one real news item: people’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning a Boring Task into a Game

Turning a Boring Task into a Game

A classic reason for gamifying a task.  In the news today:  The Airport Scanner game shows how you can get millions of people to perform the luggage scanning task as a simple game.   In a former role I worked on a related gamification


From Putting People First

Time for Big Anthropology

Time for Big Anthropology

Numbers don’t tell us everything we need to know [in health care], writes strategic consultant Dan Beckham. We must also consider human culture: “That’s often the problem with big data, analytics and chasing metrics. They too


From Schneier on Security

US Law Enforcement Also Conducting Mass Telephone Surveillance

US Law Enforcement Also Conducting Mass Telephone Surveillance

Late last year, in a criminal case involving export violations, the US government disclosed a mysterious database of telephone call records that it had queried in the case. The defendant argued that the database was the NSA's


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Shares Selfies

Unilever Shares Selfies

In Internet Retailer: Another example of shoppers using their phones to explore the marketing space.   It is much done already, but how are the results managed, explored, evaluated?   See also Storeflix, which is more B to B,


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Arrives, Worries People

AI Arrives, Worries People

In Wired, discussing an arrival of AI and how it worries people.  I remember that this was warned of  in the late 80s as well.   Now we have marched down the road some distance, but we are still not at the general intelligence


From BLOG@CACM

Rising Enrollment Might Capsize Retention and Diversity Efforts

Rising Enrollment Might Capsize Retention and Diversity Efforts

Rapid increase of enrollment in CS classes in the US might undermine efforts to improve diversity.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

A Comic About Grace Hopper

A Comic About Grace Hopper

Ramya from Udemy shared a neat little comic with me about Grace Hopper, and said I could share it here.  You can look at the comic on their website, too, where you can also order a Grace Hopper sticker if you live in the US. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emotional Ads more Impactful in Wealthier Nations

Emotional Ads more Impactful in Wealthier Nations

Perhaps Obvious.  But have never seen a study attempting to quantify it.  In Research Live Magazine." ... A paper published in the Journal of Advertising Research, How to Advertise and Build Brand Knowledge Globally: Comparing


From Computational Complexity

The two defintions of Chomsky Normal Form

I have eight  textbooks on Formal Lang Theory on my desk.  Six of them define a CFG to be in Chomsky Normal Form if every production is of the form either A-->BC or A--> σ (σ a single letter). With that definition one can show


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gesture Sensing Armband

Gesture Sensing Armband

In Engadget:    Have been looking at applications of gestural interfaces to analytics  " ....  Muscle-sensing Myo gesture armband will be on Amazon this quarter ... For those who aren't already familiar with the Myo, it consists


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Digital Strategy to Save Customers Time and Money

Kroger Digital Strategy to Save Customers Time and Money

More on Kroger Digital Strategy.    " ... Kroger keeps studying online shopping because 60 percent of all consumers consider trips to the grocery store their least favorite chore. Matt Thompson, Kroger's director of digital and


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 19 January 2015

Interesting Links 19 January 2015

School is out today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Semester exams start tomorrow. I think I’m ready. I hope my students are ready.  I do have a couple of interesting links to share today. Hope you find them useful.

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From Putting People First

The agency is dead. Long live the agency.

The agency is dead. Long live the agency.

The traditional agency model is physically more than alive on a small scale, but mentally has been stagnating, writes Tobias van Schneider, Product Design Lead at Spotify NYC: Agencies are now tasked to find their own voice,


From Putting People First

In the age of the Internet of Things, all products are software products

In the age of the Internet of Things, all products are software products

Esko Kilpi, the principal of Esko Kilpi Ltd, a leading research and consultancy firm focusing on the art of interaction, science of social complexity and the design of digital work, writes about how the value of a product is


From Putting People First

Behavioural Economics and Health: Nudging Toward a Culture of Wellness

Behavioural Economics and Health: Nudging Toward a Culture of Wellness

Behavioural Economics and Health: Nudging Toward a Culture of Wellness Report by David Verbeeten The Conference Board of Canada, 52 pages, January 15, 2015 This report explores “nudging,” a new, cost-effective policy tool than


From The Eponymous Pickle

Structural Data Objects

Structural Data Objects

Interesting piece.   I recall working on something like this for the construction of a competitive analysis database.    Though it was not called a structural data object.   Maintenance of an unexpectedly varying structure became


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

January (web)

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

Welcome to the January 2015 issue of ACM-W Connections. It has been a year since we first introduced Connections and I want to once again think the wonderful volunteers who make it happen every month