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Asymmetries and Shortages of the Network Neutrality Principle
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Asymmetries and Shortages of the Network Neutrality Principle

Since the beginning of the debate on network neutrality, and perhaps as an inheritance of that beginning, the controversy has been restricted...

Coder's Block
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Coder's Block

Programming is a creative endeavor, and therefore there is such a thing as coder's block. What does it take to clear the blockage?

Platform Wars Come to Social Media
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Platform Wars Come to Social Media

The world can absorb more social media sites, but how many?

Building Castles in the Air
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Building Castles in the Air

Reflections on recruiting and training programmers during the early period of computing.

Managing Global IT Teams: Considering Cultural Dynamics
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Managing Global IT Teams: Considering Cultural Dynamics

Successful global IT team managers combine general distributed team management skills enhanced with cultural sensitivity.

Berners-Lee Warns Isps on Net Neutrality
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Berners-Lee Warns Isps on Net Neutrality

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned internet service providers (ISPs) that plans for a "two-speed" Internet go against the principles...

Cell Phones Are 'stalin's Dream,' Says Free Software Movement Founder
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Cell Phones Are 'stalin's Dream,' Says Free Software Movement Founder

Nearly three decades into his quest to rid the world of proprietary software, Richard Stallman sees a new threat to user freedom: smartphones.

The Future of Things "cyber"
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The Future of Things "cyber"

Years ago, when I was an ROTC instructor, the first unit of instruction for rising juniors dealt with communication skills. Near the beginning of the unit, I...

Al Franken: 'they're Coming After the Internet'
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Al Franken: 'they're Coming After the Internet'

Sen. Al Franken claimed Monday that big corporations are "hoping to destroy" the Internet and issued a call to arms to several hundred tech-savvy South by Southwest...

No Moammar, No Fly: How to Stop Gadhafi
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No Moammar, No Fly: How to Stop Gadhafi

Keep the surveillance planes flying. Fry the radar. While the sun hangs in the sky, let Libya’s pilots know they’re on borrowed time if they take off.

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Social Media: 'essential Tool' In ­.s. Foreign Policy

What role do social media and other non-state actors play in foreign policy? James Lewis, director of technology and public policy at the Center for Strategic...

The Internet Is a Tyrant's Friend
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The Internet Is a Tyrant's Friend

As recent events in Egypt and Tunisia so aptly demonstrate, technology is a double-edged sword: while pro-democracy protesters used sites like Facebook to organise...

Reply All: The Button Everyone Loves to Hate
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Reply All: The Button Everyone Loves to Hate

I answered my phone recently to hear a friend shrieking in my ear. "Check your inbox for the email I just sent you," he wailed. "And please, please tell me I...

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Google Schools Its Algorithm

To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...

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The 'Panda' That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google

Google's new update to its search engine addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher...

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Is the Navy Trying to Start the Robot Apocalypse?

Whenever the military rolls out a new robot program, folks like to joke about SkyNet or the Rise of the Machines. But this time, the military really is starting...

Keep the Internet Fair
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Keep the Internet Fair

The government's net neutrality compromise fell flat. Here's a simple fix.

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Have You Driven a Smartphone Lately?

I’m barreling along a rural Michigan highway at 75 miles per hour in a gray Ford Taurus X when I glance down to check a number on a screen.

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Gaming Social Networks For Influence and Propaganda

For a while now I have argued that the contemporary operating environment has two dimensions: "the first is the actual tactical field of battle in which bullets...

Tech Revolutionaries
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Tech Revolutionaries

The Arab Revolt shows that Google's and Twitter's corporate values are better than Facebook's.
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