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April 2012


From Schneier on Security

Attack Mitigation

Attack Mitigation

At the RSA Conference this year, I noticed a trend of companies that have products and services designed to help victims recover from attacks. Kelly Jackson Higgins noticed the same thing: "Damage Mitigation as the New Defense…


From Putting People First

How mobile technologies are shaping a new generation

How mobile technologies are shaping a new generation

Some interesting data by Tamara J. Erickson on what she calls the “Re-Generation”: individuals at the formative ages of 11 to 13, those born after about 1995 [which, by the way, has a gap of three years]. “My interest is how…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Young People Doing Exciting Things

Young People Doing Exciting Things

This has been an inspiring week for me. Last weekend though Monday I was in Redmond for the US Imagine Cup. Great projects. Today I am at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St Louis. And I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning, Analytics and Learning

Machine Learning, Analytics and Learning

A favorite topic when we sought to implement artificial intelligence in the enterprise was machine learning.   Ultimately we integrated what is now called 'business analytics' and AI, to considerable success. I always made the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

21st Century Cities

21st Century Cities

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Elizabeth L. Grossman, a member of Microsoft Corporation’s Technology Policy Group. Yesterday, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center, in Washington, DC, hosted a panel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Thanks Moms

P&G Thanks Moms

Long time colleague Stan Joosten writes:
Digital Friends,
With 100 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games we have launched our global P&G Thank You Mom campaign.  It is the biggest campaign in P&G


From The Eponymous Pickle

Office Tablets

Office Tablets

Tablets are more mobile than a laptop.  Good for applications like healthcare.  But in general business applications?  I have had an iPad for about a year now.  An upscale sophisticated  toy?  Have used it most every day.  It…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ACM Honors Innovators for Research, Education Advances

ACM Honors Innovators for Research, Education Advances

Congratulations to Luis von Ahn, Hanan Samet, Hal Abelson, and Stephanie Forrest, who today were


From [email protected]

No, Maybe, Yes, Obviously: Telling the Future the Past

No, Maybe, Yes, Obviously: Telling the Future the Past

The Kubler-Ross model of the stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — is sometimes an apt description of the culture change required when technology transitions occur.  High-performance computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Avon Social Networks

Avon Social Networks

An article in [email protected] about strategic changes at Avon.   The point that they were an early innovator in what has come to be known as 'social networking' is an interesting one.


From The Eponymous Pickle

SNCR Sponsors Social Media Summit

SNCR Sponsors Social Media Summit

I see that SNCR, the Society for new Consumer Research  is co sponsoring an upcoming social media summit: " ... The Corporate Social Media Summit is back for its second year, offering you 'the' conference designed for the corporate…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF

NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the


From Computational Complexity

I left Push Down Automata out of my class and learned some things!

This semester in the Ugrad Course titled Elementary Theory of Computation (Syllabus: Reg Languages, CFLs, Computability Theory, P and NP) I decided to NOT teach PDA's. I mentioned them and told the students they were equivalent…


From Schneier on Security

Biometric Passports Make it Harder for Undercover CIA Officers

Biometric Passports Make it Harder for Undercover CIA Officers

Last year, I wrote about how social media sites are making it harder than ever for undercover police officers. This story talks about how biometric passports are making it harder than ever for undercover CIA agents.

Busy spy…


From My Biased Coin

Sandel on Colbert

Sandel on Colbert

Taking a class from Michael Sandel was one of the highlights of my college experience.  (You can sit on the lectures online, here.)  Here's his latest appearance on Colbert from yesterday. (And a link to his new book...)


From Putting People First

Design Council revealed new designs to help people live well with dementia

Design Council revealed new designs to help people live well with dementia

The UK Design Council, in partnership with the UK Department of Health, ran a national competition to find teams of designers and experts who could develop new ideas to help improve the lives of those affected by dementia, reports…


From [email protected]

The Call to Teach Computing to Everyone

The Call to Teach Computing to Everyone

Major media sites are exploring the idea of teaching computer science to everyone, as a requirement for understanding one's world.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Pharmacist Relationships with Apps

Building Pharmacist Relationships with Apps

Walgreens builds Apps  To help you find a pharmacist.  I have used this App for prescriptions, but not for building pharmacist relationships.


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Pioneers Content Management

P&G Pioneers Content Management

In Forbes:  A historical piece about how P&G pioneered content management.  Essentially the use of stories. " ... The company decided to innovate by telling these women stories through a newly-commercialized technology called…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Will New Online Courses Change CS Education?

Will New Online Courses Change CS Education?

Recently I have heard about and checked out some of the online course offerings by Stanford and MIT. I knew about MIT open courseware and the wealth of knowledge offered with the multitude of classes they provided. Then I recently…


From My Biased Coin

A Collaborative Atmosphere

A Collaborative Atmosphere

I was excited to hear that "my student"* Justin Thaler, working with Salil Vadhan and his student Jon Ullman, had a paper accepted to ICALP (Faster Algorithms for Privately Releasing Marginals).  It's a great example of something…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Punk money: how you can print your own currency

Punk money: how you can print your own currency

We all want and need money. However, for many services, paying actual dollars is inefficient. The transaction costs are too high. So we need a system whereas perfect strangers can make deals at a very small transaction cost.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Memory Formation

Memory Formation

In ReadwriteWeb:  It has been known for a long time that our memories are a malleable thing.  But have we now been introduced to something very different than just reading a book, watching a play, or even watching TV.  How are…


From Putting People First

The Kickstarter revolution

The Kickstarter revolution

The first campaign to break the 1-million-dollar barrier in this revolutionary crowd-funding platform was an industrial design project. Could Kickstarter transform the design industry as we know it? A design report from New York…


From Putting People First

The process of co-creation with users

The process of co-creation with users

In an article for UX Magazine, Catalina Naranjo-Bock provides a solid general description of co-designing processes: “The practice of co-design allows users to become an active part of the creative development of a product by…


From The Noisy Channel

Science as a Strategy

Science as a Strategy

Last night, I had the pleasure to deliver the keynote address as the CIO Summit US. It was an honor to address an assembly of CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives from the nation’s top organizations. My theme was “Science as…


From Wild WebMink

Back then, a detailed discussion at the Open Source Initiative – where I am today a director – led to the creation of a statement about what makes a standard open, and a set of criteria for determining if the requirement was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Counting Clicks

Counting Clicks

Roger Dooley does a good job on the recent work regarding how much clicks really do count.  Fundamental issues.  I recall in the early days of internet advertising, some of my colleagues were involved in the practice of using…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

An interesting editorial


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Plus Smarter Commerce for Mid Size Businesses

Cloud Plus Smarter Commerce for Mid Size Businesses

Smarter commerce is starting to happen for the midsize business.  Laurie McCabe does a good job describing about how this is happening and how it is evolving.   Another movement we are starting to see is how cloud usage is starting…