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The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet
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The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet

On November 12th 2014 the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will eject the small robotic lander Philae on a trajectory that should take it down to the surface...

The Web Is a Terrorist's Command-and-Control Network of Choice
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The Web Is a Terrorist's Command-and-Control Network of Choice

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is the first terrorist group whose members have grown up on the internet.

Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars
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Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars

Interplanetary flight is the next giant leap for humans in space. Yet consensus on even the smallest steps forward has proven elusive.

Demystifying the MOOC
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Demystifying the MOOC

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education...

Why All Employees Must Learn to Code
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Why All Employees Must Learn to Code

The most important technological skill for all employees is being able to code.

Why Rite Aid and CVS Stopped Taking Apple Pay
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Why Rite Aid and CVS Stopped Taking Apple Pay

The introduction of Apple Pay last Monday was widely described as the dawn of a new era for smartphone payments.

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World

A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long...

Designing User Incentives for Cybersecurity
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Designing User Incentives for Cybersecurity

How to encourage better user security practices and behavior

An Embarrassment of Riches
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An Embarrassment of Riches

A critical review of open innovation systems.

Summing Up
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Summing Up

Considering recent privacy- and security-related events through this column.

A Future for Computing Education Research
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A Future for Computing Education Research

Seeking to address the most important issues facing the computer education research community.

Big Data's End Run Around Procedural Privacy Protections
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Big Data's End Run Around Procedural Privacy Protections

Recognizing the inherent limitations of consent and anonymity.

Updates on the Intellectual Property Front
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Updates on the Intellectual Property Front

Recapping influential U.S. Supreme Court decisions rendered earlier this year.

The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy . . . and How to Lighten It
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The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy . . . and How to Lighten It

Improving the sharing economy will require addressing myriad problems.

When iPhones Ring, the Economy Listens
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When iPhones Ring, the Economy Listens

Gloomy economic news and the wild swings of the stock market may be getting you down. But at least you can count on this: We’ve entered the sweet spot of the ...

Could Robots Become Too Cute for Comfort?
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Could Robots Become Too Cute for Comfort?

Would you share your innermost secret with a robot?

Christine Kenneally's 'Invisible History of the Human Race'
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Christine Kenneally's 'Invisible History of the Human Race'

Of Christine Kenneally’s father’s father—a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished—she...

OkCupid's XOXO for Big Surveillance
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OkCupid's XOXO for Big Surveillance

Christian Rudder is a good writer—so good, in fact, it's easy for readers of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) to be smitten by his engaging...

Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'
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Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'

In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston.

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.
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