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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.

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The Guardian's Open 20: Fighters For Internet Freedom

From politicians and professors to computer scientists and the first programmer, champions of the open Internet.

Tim Berners-Lee: We Don't Need Arbitrary New Tlds
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Tim Berners-Lee: We Don't Need Arbitrary New Tlds

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is criticizing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' plan to create arbitrary new top-level domains...

An Algorithm For Preserving Art
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An Algorithm For Preserving Art

Technology ReviewThe Metropolitan Museum of Art's Paolo Dionisi and IBM researchers have deployed 120 low-power temperature and humidity sensors in an attempt to...

Are Two Monitors Better Than One?
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Are Two Monitors Better Than One?

Whether workers in a data-intensive environment are more productive with a single monitor or with multiple monitors can depend on the size of the single monitor...

Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters
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Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters

Counterfeit electronics embedded in missile guidance systems and hundred-million-dollar aircraft have become a serious problem for the U.S. military and its contractors...

New Report Recommends NASA Rethink How It Avoids Contaminating Other Worlds
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New Report Recommends NASA Rethink How It Avoids Contaminating Other Worlds

Over the past several decades, there's been a stunning revolution in how we view the prospect of life on other planets.

Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking
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Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking

In early 1999, an associate computer science professor at UC Santa Barbara climbed the steps to the second floor headquarters of a small startup in Palo Alto, and...

Security Researcher ­nearths Plans For Iran's Halal Internet
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Security Researcher ­nearths Plans For Iran's Halal Internet

Iran appears to have recently published a Persian-language "Request for Information" for an even-more filtered and monitored version of the Internet than what presently...

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

A Workshop Revival
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A Workshop Revival

The success of Germany's Dagstuhl Seminars has inspired a proliferation of Dagstuhl-like venues, especially in India.

Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says
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Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Data centers and mobile telecommunications networks use more than 623 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and a 2008 study found that the IT sector...

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
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Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital...

Tina Seelig
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Tina Seelig

Stanford University’s Technology Ventures leader discusses tools to enhance creativity, how entrepreneurs can create ingenious products more efficiently, and ways...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.

How Much Is a Tweet Worth?
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How Much Is a Tweet Worth?

The question has an almost koan-like quality. And yet at a time when the ranks of billion-dollar social-media companies keep growing (Instagram being the latest)...

Facebook's Telescope on Human Behavior
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Facebook's Telescope on Human Behavior

One way to describe Facebook is as the most extensive data set on human social behavior that ever was.

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget
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A Ballooning Megabyte Budget

Everyone knows how long a minute is.

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders
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Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders

A new research center is developing a comprehensive intellectual framework for software-defined networking.  
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