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January 2011


From ACM Opinion

The Purpose of Science Fiction

The Purpose of Science Fiction

How it teaches governments—and citizens—how to understand the future of technology.


From ACM Opinion

25 Years of Digital Vandalism

25 Years of Digital Vandalism

In January 1986, Basit and Amjad Alvi, sibling programmers living near the main train station in Lahore, Pakistan, wrote a piece of code to safeguard the latest version of their heart-monitoring software from piracy.


From ACM News

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication. Not really, I confessed.


From ACM News

The Triumph of Hacker Culture

The Triumph of Hacker Culture

Stuxnet and the iconic, pioneering hacker Captain Crunch.


From ACM News

Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

This month, we were reminded how important it is that social media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive data they hold from the prying eyes of the government. As many news outlets have reported, the U.S. Department…


From ACM Opinion

Apple: Disrupt or Perish

While the secret for Apple's success seems patently obvious to most&meash;as obvious as the form and function of the iPhone 4—a more subtle reason is the company's counter-intuitive knack for disrupting its own product lines…


From ACM Opinion

Why Buying Coffee with Your iPhone Matters

Why Buying Coffee with Your iPhone Matters

Starbucks app Cash, credit, or gadget?


From ACM Opinion

Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period

Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class…


From ACM News

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

At the aptly named Tiny Thai restaurant here, a small table, about two and a half feet square, was jammed with a teapot, two plates of curry, a bowl of soup, two cups of tea, two glasses of water, a plate with two egg rolls…


From ACM Opinion

Gayatri Buragohain on Women and Technology in India

Gayatri Buragohain on Women and Technology in India

Gayatri Buragohain, India’s ACM-W Ambassador, is an outspoken advocate for young women in India who are interested in technical careers but face an opportunity deficit due to legacy gender bias.


From ACM Opinion

Stuxnet Authors Made Several Basic Errors

There is a growing sentiment among security researchers that the programmers behind the Stuxnet attack may not have been the super-elite cadre of developers that they've been mythologized to be in the media.


From ACM Opinion

What Does Jobs' Absence Mean for the Future of Apple?

What Does Jobs' Absence Mean for the Future of Apple?

With Steve Jobs' third medical-related absence in six years, Silicon Valley must again confront one of its great mysteries: How much does Jobs matter to Apple?


From ACM News

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Research, a software company with deep mathematical and scientific expertise, is expanding to the broad education market with a range of mobile apps.


From ACM Opinion

Rahul Arya: The Way Forward for Electronic Design Automation

Rahul Arya: The Way Forward for Electronic Design Automation

India's design industry is facing a "quality gap" with regard to talent, says Rahul Arya of Cadence Design Systems Inc. in Bangalore, India.


From ACM Opinion

Wikipedia Turns 10, Eyes Developing World

Wikipedia Turns 10, Eyes Developing World

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday.


From ACM News

NSA's Home Base May Have Crappiest Web Site Ever

Through the gates of Fort George Meade pass the most powerful technical minds that the government employs. But Fort Meade's website contains pixelized, faux-shaded green fonts and a two-column descending-text template not seen…


From ACM Opinion

Success of Verizon's iPhone Will Depend on CDMA Network Performance

Success of Verizon's iPhone Will Depend on CDMA Network Performance

Professor P.K. Kannan at the University of Maryland, says the success of the iPhone 4 released by Verizon boils down to one word: "performance.  That is, the performance of iPhone 4 on Verizon's CDMA wireless communications…


From ACM Opinion

Shigeru Miyamoto: Master of Play

Shigeru Miyamoto: Master of Play

The many worlds of a video-game artist.


From ACM Opinion

The Case Against the Consumer Electronics Show

The Case Against the Consumer Electronics Show

A year ago, Steve Ballmer took the stage of the Consumer Electronics Show to tout a technology that he promised would change the world: the Windows operating system. Newcomers to CES might have been baffled by this choice;…


From ACM TechNews

European Exascale Project Drives Toward Next Supercomputing Milestone

The goal of the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI) is to help effect the migration from petascale to exascale systems over the next 10 years by bringing together industry and government organizations. 


From ACM Opinion

ARM CEO on Microsoft, Tech's Rise

ARM CEO on Microsoft, Tech's Rise

ARM chief executive Warren East discusses major announcements from Microsoft, Nvidia, and Motorola involving his company and its chip architecture.


From ACM News

Hackers Find New Way to Cheat on Wall Street

High-frequency trading networks, which complete stock market transactions in microseconds, are vulnerable to manipulation by hackers who can inject tiny amounts of latency into them.


From ACM Opinion

Don't Track Me, Bro

Don't Track Me, Bro

Here is how Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, describes the current state of affairs on the Internet: "Say I’m walking through a mall. And there’s a guy following me. He doesn't know my name, but…


From ACM News

The American WikiLeaks Hacker

The American WikiLeaks Hacker

Jacob Appelbaum fights repressive regimes around the world—including his own.


From Communications of the ACM

Google AdWords and European Trademark Law

Google AdWords and European Trademark Law

Is Google violating trademark law by operating its AdWords system?


From Communications of the ACM

Reflections on the Toyota Debacle

Reflections on the Toyota Debacle

A look in the rearview mirror reveals system and process blind spots.


From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Frances E. Allen

An Interview with Frances E. Allen

Frances E. Allen, recipient of the 2006 ACM A.M. Turing Award, reflects on her career.


From Communications of the ACM

Don't Bring Me a Good Idea

Don't Bring Me a Good Idea

You want to know how to get my attention?" Jason Kalich asked the audience rhetorically. "First off, don't bring me a good idea—I've already got plenty of good ideas."


From Communications of the ACM

Cloud Computing Privacy Concerns on Our Doorstep

Cloud Computing Privacy Concerns on Our Doorstep

Privacy and confidentiality issues in cloud-based conference management systems reflect more universal themes.


From Communications of the ACM

The Ephemeral Legion: Producing an Expert Cyber-Security Work Force from Thin Air

Seeking to improve the educational mechanisms for efficiently training large numbers of information security workers.

Blog at CACM
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Cybersecurity in the Trump Era
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Ethical Theories Spotted in Silicon Valley
Ethical Theories Spotted in Silicon Valley
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Some of the prevailing theories of ethics surface in modern high tech.  We take a quick and rather superficial look …

Just Press Reboot
Just Press Reboot
03.13.2017

Why does the press continue to talk about "computer problems"?

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