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Principles of the Law of Software Contracts
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Principles of the Law of Software Contracts

An overview of a new set of legal principles for software contracts developed by the American Law Institute.

Return at Risk
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Return at Risk

Calculating the likely true cost of projects.

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Why Intel Bought Mcafee

There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus...

Facebook Knows Where You Are
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Facebook Knows Where You Are

The social network's new Places feature will make it more difficult to lie to your friends.

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Will Someone Leak the Leaker's Secrets?

Who has the right to decide what information should be kept secret? That's the vexatious question raised by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, who masterminded...

Charging the Wikileaks Leaker with Treason Would Be Absurd
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Charging the Wikileaks Leaker with Treason Would Be Absurd

Should Pvt. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst charged with leaking troves of classified documents to WikiLeaks, be tried for treason? And what about...

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Protecting Privacy

On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog but advertisers may infer that you own one. The flow of information from users of the internet both to social networks...

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The Wikileaks Paradox

Is radical transparency compatible with total anonymity?

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Cyberwar Is Hell

While we obsessed over Russian spies, top diplomats were working to stop a greater espionage problem: the threat of cyberwarfare.

An Interview With Edsger W. Dijkstra
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An Interview With Edsger W. Dijkstra

The computer science luminary, in one of his last interviews before his death in 2002, reflects on a programmer's life.

Rights For Autonomous Artificial Agents?
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Rights For Autonomous Artificial Agents?

The growing role of artificial agents necessitates modifying legal frameworks to better address human interests.

Remembrances of Things Pest
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Remembrances of Things Pest

Recalling malware milestones.

Presenting Your Project
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Presenting Your Project

The what, the how, and the why of giving an effective presentation.

Has China Caught Up in It?
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Has China Caught Up in It?

An assessment of the relative achievements in IT infrastructure, firms, and innovation in China.

Preparing Computer Science Students For the Robotics Revolution
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Preparing Computer Science Students For the Robotics Revolution

Robotics will inspire dramatic changes in the CS curriculum.

Is the Internet a Maturing Market?
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Is the Internet a Maturing Market?

Two concerns dominate the current debates over U.S. Internet policy: the relatively low level of U.S. broadband...

Five Things that Could Topple Facebook's Empire
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Five Things that Could Topple Facebook's Empire

Facebook is primed to announce this week that it's amassed a half billion active friends, a milestone reinforcing its status as the king of social networks—a company...

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.

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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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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