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Why is Privacy So Hard?
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Why is Privacy So Hard?

Why is privacy so hard? Why is it, after so much negative press about it, are we still being constantly tracked on the web and on our smartphones? Why is it, after...

The Emerging Technology Landscape in China
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The Emerging Technology Landscape in China

Observations about the emerging technology landscape in China, looking at mobile social networking, mobile payments, taxi hailing, and same or next day delivery...

Yet Another Major Data Breach, But Will This Time Be Any Different?
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Yet Another Major Data Breach, But Will This Time Be Any Different?

Why is our community having such an anemic response to all of these major data breaches? What can we do differently? What should we be doing differently?

Human Subjects Research For the Twenty-First Century, Or, What Can We Learn from the Facebook Mood Study?
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Human Subjects Research For the Twenty-First Century, Or, What Can We Learn from the Facebook Mood Study?

There is tremendous value to society in doing large-scale A/B studies, and the current framework we have for human subjects research is a poor match for the 21st...

Reaching For Engelbart's Vision of the Future
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Reaching For Engelbart's Vision of the Future

 A meditation on Douglas Engelbart's impact on interactive computing.

Most Smartphone Apps Are Spyware
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Most Smartphone Apps Are Spyware

Why does  this flashlight app use an Internet connection? Why does this Bible quotes app want my location data? Why does this game want my contacts list?

Is the Computer Security Community Barking ­Up the Wrong Trees?
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Is the Computer Security Community Barking ­Up the Wrong Trees?

There's a big mismatch right now between what the data says about computer security vulnerabilities and what kind of research is being done and products offered...

Password Policies Are Getting Out of Control
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Password Policies Are Getting Out of Control

 At least 9 characters long. No repeated characters. At least 1 number, 1 special character, and 1 capital letter. Cannot be same as last 10 passwords. Must change...

Improving Computer Science Research Collaborations Between U.S. and China
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Improving Computer Science Research Collaborations Between U.S. and China

On March 23-24 2011, the National Science Foundation held a workshop looking at how to build more effective collaborations between computer science researchers...

Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?
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Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?

We're only five months into this year, but there have been a large number of sensational security breaches. Why have there been so many, and what can we do about...

Why Is Great Design So Hard (Part Two)?
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Why Is Great Design So Hard (Part Two)?

Previously, I asked the question of why great design is so hard to integrate in organizations. In this article, I take a look at how Apple does design, and what...

Why Is Great Design So Hard?
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Why Is Great Design So Hard?

Why is good design so hard to accomplish for organizations? People are coming to the realization that design really matters, but it's not that they don't want to...

Designing Effective Interfaces For ­Usable Privacy and Security
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Designing Effective Interfaces For ­Usable Privacy and Security

I often cringe when I hear highly technical engineers talk about people. I usually hear broad generalizations tossed about, like "people are lazy, that's why they...

Security Education Can Really Work (but Only If It's Done Right)
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Security Education Can Really Work (but Only If It's Done Right)

Although many people in computer security think that user education is hopeless, security education can really work, but only if it's done right. I report on a...

Privacy As... Sharing More Information?
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Privacy As... Sharing More Information?

When I first started working in the area of personal privacy I had what I would call a conventional view on privacy, which is how to minimize the flow of information...
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