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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth
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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel...

From ACM News

FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality at December 21 Meeting

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to adopt rules to preserve net neutrality at its December 21st open meeting, according to a tentative...

Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs
From ACM News

Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs

David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance
From ACM News

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personalWikiLeaks...

War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
From ACM News

War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

From ACM News

Computing the Scene of a Crime

The use of fingerprints, shoeprints, handwriting, and other forensic evidence may seem like good science—but often it's not, as it relies heavily on humans for...

Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers
From ACM News

Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers

QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and email newsletters on a variety...

Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry
From ACM News

Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry

Cyberforensics, the science of finding and securing digital evidence buried deep within company networks, is fast emerging as a global industry.

Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback
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Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback

One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry...

A Matter of Privacy
From Communications of the ACM

A Matter of Privacy

Do consumers have enough control over their personal information or is more government regulation needed?

The New Face of War
From Communications of the ACM

The New Face of War

With the introduction of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm, the stakes of cyberwarfare have increased immeasurably.

CSEdWeek Expands Its Reach
From Communications of the ACM

CSEdWeek Expands Its Reach

The second Computer Science Education Week is showing students, parents, and educators why computer science is important.

The Eyes Have It
From Communications of the ACM

The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking control for mobile phones might lead to a new era of context-aware user interfaces.

From ACM News

Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program

The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that...

From ACM News

Battling Over the Future of TV

When AT&T last week had to renew its contract with Scripps, the owner of popular lifestyle shows such as Rachael Ray and "House Hunters," it made a demand that...

From ACM News

Search Engine Optimization 'poisoning' Way Up This Year: Report

Websense says 22.4% of Google searches lead to bad URLs vs. 13.7% at end of 2009.

Stage Set For Showdown on Online Privacy
From ACM TechNews

Stage Set For Showdown on Online Privacy

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Commerce Department are planning to release separate and possibly conflicting reports regarding online privacy. Commerce...

Watch Where You're Going
From ACM News

Watch Where You're Going

Businesses are quietly buying mobile-phone data to discover the paths that consumers take.

Ftc's First Chief Technologist: Drm Basher Ed Felten
From ACM News

Ftc's First Chief Technologist: Drm Basher Ed Felten

What do you get when you spend your academic career exposing broken DRM schemes, suing the recording industry when they try to silence you, showing the insecurity...

Web Firms Face Brutal Competition in China
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Web Firms Face Brutal Competition in China

In China's young Internet industry, competitors draw blood.
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