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'a Fema-Level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the Fcc's Legal Strategy
From ACM Opinion

'a Fema-Level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the Fcc's Legal Strategy

Back in 2003, when he was a law professor at the University of Virginia, Tim Wu wrote the definitive paper on net neutrality.

Dogecoins and Litecoins and Peercoins Oh My: What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Alternatives
From ACM News

Dogecoins and Litecoins and Peercoins Oh My: What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Alternatives

By now, most people have heard of Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency whose value has soared over the past couple of years.

Edward Snowden, After Months of Nsa Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished
From ACM Opinion

Edward Snowden, After Months of Nsa Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished

The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.

How One Publisher Is Stopping Academics from Sharing Their Research
From ACM News

How One Publisher Is Stopping Academics from Sharing Their Research

One of the world's largest academic publishers has launched a wide-ranging takedown spree, demanding that several different universities take down their own scholars'...

Judge: Nsa’s Collecting of Phone Records Is Probably Unconstitutional
From ACM TechNews

Judge: Nsa’s Collecting of Phone Records Is Probably Unconstitutional

A district court judge has ruled the U.S. National Security Agency's daily collection of virtually all Americans' phone records is almost certainly unconstitutional...

Nsa ­ses Google Cookies to Pinpoint Targets For Hacking
From ACM TechNews

Nsa ­ses Google Cookies to Pinpoint Targets For Hacking

Documents released by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden indicate the agency uses Internet cookies to hack indivuals' computers. 

From ACM News

Fbi's Search For 'mo,' Suspect in Bomb Threats, Highlights ­se of Malware For Surveillance

The man who called himself "Mo" had dark hair, a foreign accent and—if the pictures he emailed to federal investigators could be believed—an Iranian military uniform...

When Bitcoins Go Bad: 4 Stories of Fraud, Hacking, and Digital Currencies
From ACM News

When Bitcoins Go Bad: 4 Stories of Fraud, Hacking, and Digital Currencies

With Bitcoin interest (and prices) spiking, you might be considering investing in your own little cache of digital currency.

Supreme Court Declines Case on Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes
From ACM News

Supreme Court Declines Case on Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to get involved in state efforts to force online retailers such as Amazon.com to collect sales tax from customers even in places...

Google Books Ruling Is a Huge Victory For Online Innovation
From ACM News

Google Books Ruling Is a Huge Victory For Online Innovation

 It's taken almost a decade, but the courts have finally handed down a ruling on Google's audacious project to scan millions of books to build a book search engine...

Here's What the Morris Worm Prosecutor Thinks About Aaron Swartz
From ACM Opinion

Here's What the Morris Worm Prosecutor Thinks About Aaron Swartz

It was 25 years ago Tuesday that The New York Times first named 23-year-old Cornell graduate student Robert Morris as the culprit behind what became known as the...

How a Grad Student Trying to Build the First Botnet Brought the Internet to Its Knees
From ACM Careers

How a Grad Student Trying to Build the First Botnet Brought the Internet to Its Knees

On November 3, 1988, 25 years ago Sunday, people woke up to find the Internet had changed forever.

NSA Infiltrates Links to Yahoo, Google Data Centers Worldwide, Snowden Documents Say
From ACM News

NSA Infiltrates Links to Yahoo, Google Data Centers Worldwide, Snowden Documents Say

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents...

Who Tracks the Trackers that Track You Online? You Can, with Lightbeam.
From ACM News

Who Tracks the Trackers that Track You Online? You Can, with Lightbeam.

When your browser landed on this article, it didn't just talk to the friendly servers at washingtonpost.com.

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
From ACM Opinion

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

NSA Collects Millions of Email Address Books Globally
From ACM TechNews

NSA Collects Millions of Email Address Books Globally

The U.S. National Security Agency harvests hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts worldwide.

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq
From ACM News

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

A new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds...

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
From ACM Opinion

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...

Alan Turing’s Story Could Be Rebooted By Calls to Pardon Late Computer Legend
From ACM TechNews

Alan Turing’s Story Could Be Rebooted By Calls to Pardon Late Computer Legend

More than 50 years after the death of computing pioneer Alan Turing, a movement is cresting to reboot the record of the British mathematician's life. 

The Nsa Sponsors 'cyber Operations' Training at ­niversities. Here's What Students Learn.
From ACM News

The Nsa Sponsors 'cyber Operations' Training at ­niversities. Here's What Students Learn.

Last week, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh became one of the latest—and most prestigious—schools to partner with the National Security Agency on a program...
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