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Patriot Act Turns 10, With No Signs of Retirement

The USA Patriot Act, the law granting the government vast surveillance powers that was adopted in the wake of September 11, turns a decade old Wednesday. But...

The Shocking Strangeness of Our 25-Year-Old Digital Privacy Law
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The Shocking Strangeness of Our 25-Year-Old Digital Privacy Law

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was signed into law on October 21, 1986. Although it was forward-looking at the time, ECPA's privacy protections...

Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising
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Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising

How to address user information needs amidst a preponderance of data.

Gender Demographics Trends and Changes in U.S. CS Departments
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Gender Demographics Trends and Changes in U.S. CS Departments

Using the past 10 years of Taulbee Survey data to evaluate female student enrollment across varied academic institutions and departments.

Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities
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Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities

Nine teacher-oriented faculty in computer science departments at research universities in the U.S. or Canada describe how their positions work, how they contribute...

Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?
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Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?

Considering whether software engineering and engineering can share a profession.

Why the Google Book Settlement Failed - and What Comes Next?
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Why the Google Book Settlement Failed - and What Comes Next?

Assessing the implications of the Google Book Search settlement.

What Gets Measured Gets Done
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What Gets Measured Gets Done

"U.S. broadband is terrible" has become a familiar meme. Given the growing importance of broadband Internet connections, a poor broadband infrastructure would...

Security Risks in Next-Generation Emergency Services
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Security Risks in Next-Generation Emergency Services

Sounding the alert on emergency calling system deficiencies.

­.s. v. Jones: Where Privacy, Technology and the Constitution Collide
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­.s. v. Jones: Where Privacy, Technology and the Constitution Collide

What is at stake in United States v. Jones is nothing less than the continued vitality of the Fourth Amendment in the modern technological age.

Meters Could Spy On ­s
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Meters Could Spy On ­s

If you bought an appliance in the last three years, odds are it was 'smart,' meaning it probably contains a wireless radio. Once hooked up to a smart meter, an...

Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying
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Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

"I never forget a face," goes the Marx Brothers one-liner, "but in your case, I'll be glad to make an exception." Unlike Groucho Marx, unfortunately, the cloud...

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Steve Jobs and Me

 He said my 1971 article inspired him. His iBook obsessed me.

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Off-Shoring and Cyber Security

Big U.S. and European software companies are increasingly developing code for mainstream products overseas, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. But despite...

Ron Rivest on Fixing Ssl, Apts, and the Future of Security
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Ron Rivest on Fixing Ssl, Apts, and the Future of Security

One of the biggest talks at this year's Black Hat Briefings was a presentation on the structural problem with digital certificate authorities by Moxie Marlinspike...

The 'worm' That Could Bring Down the Internet
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The 'worm' That Could Bring Down the Internet

For the past three years, a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker has been spreading rapidly around the world. As many as 12 million computers have...

Security Expert: ­.s. 'leading Force' Behind Stuxnet
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Security Expert: ­.s. 'leading Force' Behind Stuxnet

German cybersecurity expert Ralph Langner warns that U.S. utility companies are not yet prepared to deal with the threat presented by the Stuxnet computer worm...

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Gov. Brown: Sign Bill Outlawing Warrantless Smartphone Searches

There’s a bill sitting on the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown, which if signed would ban police from searching the mobile devices of people arrested for...

Rebooting the CS Publication Process
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Rebooting the CS Publication Process

A proposal for a new cost-free open-access publication model for computer science papers.

Testing: Failing to Succeed
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Testing: Failing to Succeed

There are two situations in software testing that scare testers: when they see "too many" defects and when they do not see "enough."
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