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Bill Would Keep Big Brother's Mitts Off Your Gps Data
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Bill Would Keep Big Brother's Mitts Off Your Gps Data

The reauthorization of the Patriot Act looks like a forgone conclusion. But next month, a bipartisan band of legislators will try to mitigate a different kind...

A Brief Lesson in American History, or Why 'world of Warcraft' Matters
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A Brief Lesson in American History, or Why 'world of Warcraft' Matters

Many readers are probably too young too remember Senator William Proxmire. I am sorry to say he served in the U.S. Senate from 1957 to 1989. Despite some good...

What Big Data Needs: A Code of Ethical Practices
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What Big Data Needs: A Code of Ethical Practices

In this era of Big Data, there is little that cannot be tracked in our online lives—or even in our offline lives. Consider one new Silicon Valley venture, called...

Computer Science Can Use More Science
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Computer Science Can Use More Science

Software developers should use empirical methods to analyze their designs to predict how working systems will behave.

The Risks of Stopping Too Soon
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The Risks of Stopping Too Soon

Good software design is never easy, but stopping too soon makes the job more difficult.

Practical Application of Theoretical Estimation
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Practical Application of Theoretical Estimation

One of the most popular and successful approaches to estimating software projects is the Putnam model. Developed in the 1970s by...

Who Are We - Now?
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Who Are We - Now?

Considerable progress has been made toward the formation of a computing profession since we started tracking it in this column a decade ago.

Identity Management and Privacy
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Identity Management and Privacy: A Rare Opportunity To Get It Right

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace represents a shift in the way the U.S. government is approaching identity management, privacy, and the...

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Why Library Privacy Matters

Without library privacy, individuals might not engage in free and open inquiry for fear that their interactions with the library will be used against them.

Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech
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Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent"...

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Why You Can't Really Anonymize Your Data

One of the joys of the last few years has been the flood of real-world data sets being released by all sorts of organizations. These usually involve some record...

Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open
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Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open

Android is open-source software, but it doesn't come with much of an open-source community, and the Google leader of the project explained why.

Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats
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Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats

A year ago, Ralph Langner was plugging away in relative obscurity, doing security consulting work for the industrial control system industry in his Hamburg headquarters...

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Let in the Super-Immigrants!

The best way to improve the U.S. economy fast is to poach entrepreneurs from the rest of the world. So why do we make it so difficult for them to immigrate?

There's No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web
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There's No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web

A company suffers a catastrophic attack on its servers. Gone are names, email addresses, home phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers. Everything ends up...

Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved
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Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved

In the wake of the recent hacking attacks, which compromised more than 100 million account records on its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services...

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Facebook "the most appalling spying machine ever invented" in an interview with Russia Today, pointing to the popular social...

Data Privacy, Put to the Test
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Data Privacy, Put to the Test

To the catalog of corporate "bigs" that worry a lot of us little people, add this: Big Data.

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Sony Hack Highlights Importance of Breach Analysis

Sony's apparent difficulty in figuring out the extent of the damage from the recent intrusion into its PlayStation Network, while frustrating for those affected...

Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About Iphones and Location
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Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About Iphones and Location

Although Apple was silent for several days after researchers raised issues about location information being stored on the iPhone, that wasn’t because it was ignoring...
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