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The Complicated Issues of Computing Education in Qatar
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The Complicated Issues of Computing Education in Qatar

The ACM Education Board visited Qatar at the beginning of May.  At Qatar University, 70% of the students in CS are women, and those we met are hungry to produce...

On Social Networks, Political Campaigns and Threats
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On Social Networks, Political Campaigns and Threats

 Brief discussion on how social networks are now the battlefield of political campaigns, death threats and more.

Consumerization of IT and Research
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Consumerization of IT and Research

When a corporate, government, or university IT department of the 1970s debated an upgrade to its IBM S/370 mainframes, it is doubtful that the IT director was in...

Robots After Roomba: The Ethics of Electronic Companions
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Robots After Roomba: The Ethics of Electronic Companions

As robots become woven into the fabric of daily life, what ethical issues will the world face?

Electronic Voting Systems
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Electronic Voting Systems

 What are the implications of electronic voting? Which countries are using this system? What are the advantages of using such systems? And what are the problems...

Time to Rethink Computer Science Education: The (Social) Web Changes Everything!
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Time to Rethink Computer Science Education: The (Social) Web Changes Everything!

Let's rethink computer science education in face of Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and beyond. The Internet have changed everything we know about how computing is done.  It's...

Learning from the DARPA Network Challenge
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Learning from the DARPA Network Challenge

Part 3: Lessons Learned. This is the story of the Georgia Tech team's experiences in the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social...

Has the Spam War Been Won?
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Has the Spam War Been Won?

A decade ago, e-mail spam was a severe problem.  Now, e-mail spam is barely noticeable.  After years of battles between spam filters and spammers creating new tricks...

Presentations, Humor, and Memes
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Presentations, Humor, and Memes

I have been reflecting on the nature of technical presentations. Public speaking can be great fun. When done well, it is a form of performance art. Enjoy it, and...

200 Years of Independence and Internet-Available Information
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200 Years of Independence and Internet-Available Information

A quick summary of Web sites about the celebration of 200 years of independence in Latin America.

Finding DARPA's 10 Red Balloons
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Finding DARPA's 10 Red Balloons

Part 2: Launch Day. This is the story of the Georgia Tech team's experiences in the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social networks...

Preparing For the DARPA Network Challenge
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Preparing For the DARPA Network Challenge

In late 2009 DARPA held its Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social networks could locate 10 red weather balloons moored throughout the...

Mimi Ito on Amateur Media: Incremental, Experimental
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Mimi Ito on Amateur Media: Incremental, Experimental

When late night comedy can't retain an audience but a man lipsynching in his chair nets more than 700 million views, we know that something is up. What makes...

CSCW Day 3: Homelessness & Technology
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CSCW Day 3: Homelessness & Technology

 As I looked out the window of my plane at the sun setting on the horizon, turning the clouds a deep red, I began piecing my thoughts together for this final blog...

Thinking Globally, Thinking Locally: Infrastructures For Collaboration
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Thinking Globally, Thinking Locally: Infrastructures For Collaboration

What does it take for people to collaborate in spite of geographical, disciplinary and cultural differences?  This article looks at the work of two researchers...

Investigating Old Problems in a New Light at CSCW, Day 2
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Investigating Old Problems in a New Light at CSCW, Day 2

This post will give a summary of one paper each from sessions on Groupware Technologies, the experimental CSCW Horizons, and Everyday Healthcare.

Death and the Digital World
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Death and the Digital World

Imagine you’re a parent who has suffered the unthinkable: your child has died. How do you cope with such a traumatic, painful, and disorienting experience? For...

Terms of Service, Ethics and Bias
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Terms of Service, Ethics and Bias

Data mining researchers, application builders, and social scientists want to collect and analyze data about your activities online. But when do we cross the line...

Time Travel Is Now Possible
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Time Travel Is Now Possible

I will be reporting on two of the sessions I attended this afternoon. One session was on analyzing interactions, which dealt primarily with methods for measuring...

Clay Shirky: Doing Work, or Doing Work?
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Clay Shirky: Doing Work, or Doing Work?

In a keynote delivered to this year's ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), author and academic Clay Shirky captured the distinction between...
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