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Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?
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Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?

U.S. President Obama recently made cybersecurity a national priority, but at the ACM's Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, Threat Level editor Kevin Poulsen...

Kim Jong-Il's Old School Nurtures Top Scientists
From ACM News

Kim Jong-Il's Old School Nurtures Top Scientists

As North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches affirm its technological and military prowess, alarming its neighbors and drawing international criticism, a...

China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar
From ACM News

China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar

A Chinese lawyer has demanded a public hearing to reconsider a government demand that all new personal computers carry Internet filtering software, adding to uproar...

Data Center Overload
From ACM News

Data Center Overload

Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network. The stack of letters becomes the e-mail database on...

Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot
From ACM TechNews

Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot

The ability to open doors is a significant step forward for robotics and an important milestone toward a personal robot industry. Such a milestone has been reached...

Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds

The Intrepid supercomputer is the largest installation of IBM's Blue Gene architecture to date. Part of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the $77 million...

University Deploys 'world's Largest' 802.11 Wireless Network
From ACM TechNews

University Deploys 'world's Largest' 802.11 Wireless Network

The University of Queensland (UQ) says it is implementing the biggest 802.11n wireless network in the world to serve as a platform for research, access, and collaboration...

Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors
From ACM TechNews

Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors

University of Central Florida professor Mubarak Shah is using the techniques used to detect suspicious activity in airports, stadiums, and other public places to...

'smart Grid' Power Lines Move Into the Digital Age
From ACM News

'smart Grid' Power Lines Move Into the Digital Age

Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet. More than a century after Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation's electricity distribution system, an aging spider...

The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward
From ACM News

The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward

Look closely at recent supermarket coupons, and you may see some new markings on them near the traditional bar code: sets of neat black bars stacked in two rows...

From ACM News

China Defends Web-Filtering Software Requirement

China on Tuesday (June 9) defended a new requirement that personal computers sold in the country carry a software that filters online content, saying the program...

Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers
From ACM News

Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers

Passenger screenings at the nation's airports can be conducted more efficiently without compromising aviation security, according to research at Virginia Commonwealth...

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
From ICT Results

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to...

From ACM News

The Wars of Words on Wikipedia's Outskirts

It is an interesting twist about Wikipedia that the most controversial, most heavily trafficked articles — on abortion, politics, virgin birth — are often the most...

China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software
From ACM News

China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other...

Software Engineers Bestow Inaugural Influential Educator Award
From ACM TechNews

Software Engineers Bestow Inaugural Influential Educator Award

ACM's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) has honored the late A. Nico Habermann, the founding dean of Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU's)...

From ACM TechNews

Minorities, Women ­nderrepresented in It

Just 6.1 percent of men and 8.2 percent of women holding technical positions in Silicon Valley are minorities, with less than 2 percent of women of color holding...

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here
From ACM TechNews

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here

Arizona election officials demonstrated their Internet voting system at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in Washington, D.C. For the 2008...

When Employers Become Watchers
From ACM News

When Employers Become Watchers

Imagine if today at work you were watched for every single minute. Not just when you arrived and left, or when you went for your lunch. But every task, every conversation...

From ACM TechNews

At Stanford, Research Surpasses Investments as Top Revenue Source

Stanford University's scientific research income has surpassed its multibillion-dollar endowment and other investments, making scientific research the school's...
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