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After Rutgers Spycam Case, ­niversities Grapple With Privacy Online
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After Rutgers Spycam Case, ­niversities Grapple With Privacy Online

The conviction of Dharun Ravi in the Rutgers webcam spying trial last week raises difficult questions for universities when it comes to protecting students online...

The Soul of the New Hacktivist
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The Soul of the New Hacktivist

In 1988, a Cornell graduate student, Robert Tappan Morris, let loose a computer worm on the fledgling version of the Internet. He said it was meant to be an experiment...

Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011
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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Just two years ago, cybercriminal gangs were behind record-breaking data breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of customer records. But the year 2011...

Robotics Trends For 2012
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Robotics Trends For 2012

IEEE's Erico Guizzo and Hizook.com founder Travis Deyle make several predictions regarding what will be big news in robotics this year.

Preserving Digital Data
From Communications of the ACM

Preserving Digital Data

Scientific data is expanding at an unprecedented rate. While new tools are helping preserve this data, funding must be increased and policy coordination needs improvement...

Open For Business
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Open For Business

Should academic articles be available for free on the Web?

­.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research
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­.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research

Former and current U.S. officials say the Pentagon is ramping up projects to develop next-generation cyberweapons that can disrupt enemy military networks even...

DARPA Challenge Doesn't Go Viral on Twitter
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DARPA Challenge Doesn't Go Viral on Twitter

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recent ended its Cash for Locating and Identifying Quick Response Codes challenge without anyone successfully...

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
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The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.

Ethics Fight Over Domain Name Intensifies
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Ethics Fight Over Domain Name Intensifies

The U.S. Commerce Department's announcement that it will temporarily extend ICANN's current Internet Assigned Numbers Authority contract for six months instead...

From ACM News

U.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research

The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks even when those networks are not...

Rebecca Mackinnon Discusses Threats to Internet Freedom: Part 1
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Rebecca Mackinnon Discusses Threats to Internet Freedom: Part 1

Rebecca MacKinnon shares insights about Internet freedom, including the roles and responsibilities of citizens, corporations, and governments.  

Drones Over America: What Can They See?
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Drones Over America: What Can They See?

Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies—something we may see...

Tech Industry Climbs Out of Silicon Valley, Moves Abroad
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Tech Industry Climbs Out of Silicon Valley, Moves Abroad

Washington, D.C., has replaced Silicon Valley as the locus for technology jobs as non-tech industries continue to add tech professionals, according to Dice.com....

Work on Causality Causes Judea Pearl to Win Prize
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Work on Causality Causes Judea Pearl to Win Prize

Humans have always made inferences about causes and effects, sometimes based on scanty information. Many machines do now, too, and Judea Pearl is frequently cited...

New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security
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New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security

During the five-month period between October and February, there were 86 reported attacks on computer systems in the United States that control critical infrastructure...

Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella
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Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella

Chip designer ARM wants to put the internet in your fridge. And it insists this cliche of tech prognostication is no longer just talk. Really.

Tracking Pedestrians Indoors Using Their Smart Phones
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Tracking Pedestrians Indoors Using Their Smart Phones

The embedded inertial sensors in many smartphones could be used to track the movement of smartphone users when indoors, even without global positioning systems.

Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade
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Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade

Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars—is there, was there or could there be life there?—the money needed to provide...

DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google
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DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google.
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