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Killed By Code: Software Transparency in Implantable Medical Devices

Software is an integral component of a range of devices that perform critical, lifesaving functions and basic daily tasks. As patients grow more reliant on computerized...

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Protecting the Data You Don't Even Know You Have

Let's assume for a moment that Google's collection of Wi-Fi "payload" data really was unintentional. And that Google never used the data, didn't even know it...

Search Top Secret America's Database of Private Spooks
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Search Top Secret America's Database of Private Spooks

Figuring out exactly who's cashing in on the post-9/11 boom in secret programs just got a whole lot easier.

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The Google Algorithm

Google handles nearly two-thirds of Internet search queries worldwide. Analysts reckon that most Web sites rely on the search engine for half of their traffic....

What Apple Must Do to Stop the Iphone 4 Bleeding
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What Apple Must Do to Stop the Iphone 4 Bleeding

It'd be an understatement to say that this has been a terrible week for Apple, and we haven't even reached the halfway point.

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Google Should Answer Some Searching Questions

Google woos people with its "don't be evil" slogan and assures us that everything it does is meant to enhance our online experience. But a new study by U.S. advocacy...

Threat of 'cyberwar' Has Been Hugely Hyped
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Threat of 'cyberwar' Has Been Hugely Hyped

There's a power struggle going on in the U.S. government right now. It's about who is in charge of cyber security, and how much control the government will exert...

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How E-Maps Curtail Our Freedom

Electronic maps are arguably the quintessential innovation of 20th-century cartography. Although a few academic cartographers accord the map mystical powers, it...

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Wikileaks Fails "due Diligence" Review

In the past week, both the Washington Post and the New York Times have referred to WikiLeaks.org, the web site that publishes confidential records, as a "whistleblower"...

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Are Cells the New Cigarettes?

The great cosmic joke would be to find out definitively that the advances we thought were blessings--from the hormones women pump into their bodies all their lives...

Advice to Members Seeking ACM Distinction
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Advice to Members Seeking ACM Distinction

ACM's Distinguished Member Recognition Program recognizes members in three categories: Educator, Engineer, and Scientist. Each category...

Cultivating Cultural Diversity in Information Technology
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Cultivating Cultural Diversity in Information Technology

Introducing CMD-IT, a new center focused on synergistic activities related to ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

Should the Google Book Settlement Be Approved?
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Should the Google Book Settlement Be Approved?

Considering the precedent that could be established by approval of the controversial Google book settlement.

Work Life in the Robotic Age
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Work Life in the Robotic Age

Technological change results in changes in expectations, in this case affecting the workplace.

Outsourcing Versus Shared Services
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Outsourcing Versus Shared Services

Choosing between outsourcing and shared services has significant implications for long-term corporate strategy.

Against Instant Replay
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Against Instant Replay

Extraordinary cases make bad law. In a sense, Armando Galarraga’s non-perfect perfect game, spoiled by an umpire’s call on what should have been the 27th out, offers...

Institutional Review Boards and Your Research
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Institutional Review Boards and Your Research

Researchers in computer science departments throughout the U.S. are violating federal law and their own organization's...

Intel's Rebates: Above Board or Below the Belt?
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Intel's Rebates: Above Board or Below the Belt?

Over several years, Intel paid billions of dollars to its customers. Was it to force them to boycott products developed by its rival AMD or so they could sell its...

Privacy By Design: Moving From Art to Practice
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Privacy By Design: Moving From Art to Practice

Designing privacy into systems at the beginning of the development process necessitates the effective translation of privacy principles, models, and mechanisms...

Myths and Fallacies of 'Personally Identifiable Information'
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Myths and Fallacies of 'Personally Identifiable Information'

Developing effective privacy protection technologies is a critical challenge for security and privacy research as the amount and variety of data collected about...
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