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Social Media and the Twitter Backchannel at Chi2010
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Social Media and the Twitter Backchannel at Chi2010

A marked difference at CHI 2010 compared to last year is the amount of research around social media and the use of social media during the conference.  These practices...

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...

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...

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...

Paucity to Plethora: Jevons Paradox
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Paucity to Plethora: Jevons Paradox

I suspect much of computing is still socially conditioned by its roots in computational paucity to recognize fully the true opportunity afforded by computational...

What Will 2010 Bring?
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What Will 2010 Bring?

What changes will we see in 2010 in computing?

Showcasing European Computer Science
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Showcasing European Computer Science

Retrospective on the 2009 European Computer Science Summit and the launch of ACM Europe

The DARPA Network Challenge and the Design of Social Participation Systems
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The DARPA Network Challenge and the Design of Social Participation Systems

What have we learned from the DARPA Network Challenge and the design of social participation systems?  The principal concern for designers of social participation...

The Ghosts of Holiday Shopping: Past, Present and Future
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The Ghosts of Holiday Shopping: Past, Present and Future

In many parts of the western world, the frenzy of holiday shopping has reached its crescendo.  With apologies to Charles Dickens, it is instructive to consider...

The Rise of the External Brain
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The Rise of the External Brain

From an entirely unexpected source, we begin to realize the dream of an external brain that supplements our knowledge, wisdom, and memories.

The End of Freedom on Internet?
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The End of Freedom on Internet?

Recent news on media reveals a tendency in several countries: Internet censorship and more. 

The "nosql" Discussion Has Nothing to Do With Sql
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The "nosql" Discussion Has Nothing to Do With Sql

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about "No SQL" databases. This blog post considers the performance argument about No SQL databases; a subsequent posting...

Taming the Clouds at Oopsla
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Taming the Clouds at Oopsla

OOPSLA 2009 workshops started yesterday (Sunday Oct 25th)  and featured two workshops on Cloud Computing.  The presence of a diverse audience led to many interesting...

Impact of the Social Web on Computing Research
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Impact of the Social Web on Computing Research

Scientists from diverse fields are feeling the impact of Social Web systems and are publishing research papers that characterize, model, prototype, and evaluate...

Collective Intelligence: a Fad or Real Research?
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Collective Intelligence: a Fad or Real Research?

A recent trend in HCI research is the extension of the long time goal of augmenting human intelligence to "augmenting social intelligence."  That is, enabling not...

Smart Grids: Getting Personal
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Smart Grids: Getting Personal

How many electronic devices do you own? It is tempting to answer, “Just a handful,” but the truth is much more nuanced. Here’s a simple experiment that will (quite...

Bridging Cultures For Collaboration
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Bridging Cultures For Collaboration

All too often, our technical curricula fail to focus on the human aspect of cross-domain collaboration. Technical skills are necessary, but not sufficient. One...

The End of a Dbms Era (might Be ­pon ­s)
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The End of a Dbms Era (might Be ­pon ­s)

Relational database management systems (DBMSs) have been remarkably successful in capturing the DBMS marketplace. To a first approximation they are “the only game...

Designing Effective Interfaces For ­sable Privacy and Security
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Designing Effective Interfaces For ­sable 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...

Windmills in the Water
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Windmills in the Water

A call to the computer science community for what a research agenda might look like for the role of information and communications technologies in energy, the environment...
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