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E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

A National Security Agency (NSA) operation involving surveillance of American residents' communications, especially domestic email, is fueling debate in the U.S...

China Backpedals on Filtering Software Order
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China Backpedals on Filtering Software Order

China has backed down on its mandate that all personal computers sold within its borders come with pre-installed Internet-filtering software. The software, called...

Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan
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Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan

A pair of recently released reports, authored by University of Chicago professor Dennis Carlton, says that introducing new top-level domains (TLDs) will not force...

Tool Can Get Most Pollution Control For the Money
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Tool Can Get Most Pollution Control For the Money

Purdue University professor Indrajeet Chaubey has developed a new tool that could help choose the most efficient ways to control pollution. Chaubey combined a...

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity
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Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity

NASA and Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf are currently testing an extraterrestrial Internet that could lead to technology for use in securing ad hoc networks...

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Five Cool Cloud Computing Research Projects

The HotCloud conference on cloud computing in San Diego will showcase a number of research projects. One such project is a Trusted Cloud Computing Platform developed...

Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore
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Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore

Elijah Mayfield from the University of Minnesota at Morris will be among the students presenting papers during the Student Workshop for the 47th Annual Meeting...

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China Says ­npopular Filtering Software Optional

China appeared to cave in to public pressure Tuesday (June 16) by announcing that computer users are not required to install Internet-filtering software — though...

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Secret War on Web Crooks Revealed

Three times a year, leaders from the world's major technology and communications companies meet to discuss strategies for preventing the Internet from becoming...

New Coalition Pushes for 'Big' Broadband
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New Coalition Pushes for 'Big' Broadband

A new report from the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition says that schools, libraries, and healthcare providers in the United States need...

Computing in the Quantum Dimension
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Computing in the Quantum Dimension

A huge consortium of European researchers is solving some of the fundamental obstacles blocking real quantum computing applications in the short term. At the same...

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China's Filtering Software is 'Poorly Designed,' Researchers Say

Anti-pornography software that China will make mandatory next month is "poorly designed" and will make personal computers vulnerable to security breaches, said...

Computer System For Dementia Patients
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Computer System For Dementia Patients

The shortage of healthcare workers has led to a demand for computer-based solutions that will allow elderly people to live in the own homes. However, the technology...

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Experts Urge Federal Efforts on Cybersecurity

The U.S. federal government needs to step up its cybersecurity efforts, experts from industry and academia recently told the House Science and Technology Committee's...

'mobilization' For Math and Science Education
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'mobilization' For Math and Science Education

Math and science education in the United States needs to improve dramatically if the country wants to stay competitive in the 21st century, concludes a report from...

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons
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Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilScientists at the University of Sheffield have developed the first cargo-scanning device that can operate inside...

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Software Liability Law Could Divide Open Source

The European Commission has proposed that software companies should be held liable for the security and efficiency of their products. Ovum's David Mitchell says...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science
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Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science

Lamar University's Increasing Student Participation In Research Development (INSPIRED) team hosts computing workshops for middle and high school students in an...

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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...
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