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Project Turns Netizens Into Social Change Agents

One European project wants to make average technoids the writers, directors and stars of their own community-conscious show, online and on an IPTV screen near you...

­nmasking Social-Network ­sers
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­nmasking Social-Network ­sers

University of Texas at Austin researchers have found that, combined with readily available data from other online sources, social network data can reveal sensitive...

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When Really Big Numbers Aren't Nearly Enough

Unallocated Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are expected to be depleted by some time in 2012, according to IPv6 Forum fellow Tony Hain. He and others advocate...

Could the Net Become Self-Aware?
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Could the Net Become Self-Aware?

The Internet is similar to the human brain in that it has a complex network of nodes for holding, processing, recalling, and transmitting information. The Web...

Eu ­rges Icann Independence
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Eu ­rges Icann Independence

ICANN should become completely independent of the U.S. government, says EU Information Society commissioner Viviane Reding. In a statement regarding the Oct. 1...

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Simple Technology Links Students With Peers Overseas

A growing number of East Carolina University undergraduates are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university's...

Web Tool 'as Important as Google'
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Web Tool 'as Important as Google'

Physicist Stephen Wolfram says the goal of his free Wolfram Alpha program, which will be available to the public starting in the middle of May, is to "make expert...

Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?
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Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?

Researchers from Toshiba and Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory say secure quantum communication is possible with practical components for high-speed photon...

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Sending Cell Phones Into the Cloud

Intel Research Berkeley scientists Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis have developed CloneCloud, a cloud computing-based clone of smartphones that can handle large...

Consortium Lights the Way for Photonics Research Community
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Consortium Lights the Way for Photonics Research Community

An umbrella group set up to give direction to Europe's emerging photonics community has proposed a program of strategic research and is calling for action to address...

Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential
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Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential

In a nondescript manufacturing plant on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Fernando, Calif., a khaki-green machine the size of a buffet table sucks in bright pink ribbon...

Here Comes the Smart Grid
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Here Comes the Smart Grid

A new data model developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, at other universities, and in the private sector will help facilities and buildings...

Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars
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Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars

Cybercriminals still have the upper hand on the Internet despite nearly two decades of technological advancement, and Carnegie Mellon University professor William...

Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors
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Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors

People around the world are circumventing their governments' censorship of Web content using tools developed and provided by a diverse coalition of political and...

From ACM TechNews

Panel Advises Clarifying U.S. Plans on Cyberwar

A report based on a three-year study by a panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences says the United States does not have a clear military policy on how...

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­niversities Angle For Billions to Build Obama's New Broadband Network

Several higher-education information technology groups are working to influence the U.S. broadband strategy and help steer the distribution of $4.7 billion in Internet...

Congressman Langevin Determined to Prevent a 'cyber 9/11'
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Congressman Langevin Determined to Prevent a 'cyber 9/11'

In an interview, Rep. James R. Langevin (D-R.I.), the co-founder and co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, said he promises to do everything he can to prevent...

From ACM TechNews

Traffic Demands to Disrupt the Internet By 2010

The World Wide Web has reached a critical point, warns Nemertes Research in a new report, which claims that increased online traffic will likely result in slower...

Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid
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Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid

Using a new technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, electric vehicle owners can plug in their cars and forget...

Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure
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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure

Low-cost sensors, clever software, and computing firepower are key ingredients of an emerging computing trend called smart infrastructure — efficient and environmentally...
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