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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.

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Don't ­nderestimate the Singularity

Although Paul Allen paraphrases my 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, in the title of his essay (cowritten with his colleague Mark Greaves), it appears that he...

Technology and the Innovation Economy
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Technology and the Innovation Economy

By adopting policies such as a permanent R&D tax credit, more effective university knowledge commercialization, improving STEM worker training, and regional economic...

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The Scary Prospect of Global Drone Warfare

 Drone technology is spreading rapidly. As many as 50 countries are developing or purchasing these systems, including China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran. Even...

When Technology Disrupts Enforcement of Judicial Decisions
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When Technology Disrupts Enforcement of Judicial Decisions

The relationship between law and technology has been described accurately as a cat and mouse game. Technology readily fills the role of mouse, always outpacing...

The Cyber Arms Race Has Begun
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The Cyber Arms Race Has Begun

The Stuxnet virus was the starting gun for an arms race in cyberspace. Not only do all major powers feel compelled to develop threatening malware; many smaller...

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The Importance of Word Choice: Terms with Multiple Meanings For Scientists and the Public

If you haven't seen the excellent post on Mountain Beltway—Words matter—you should head over there and take a look. The post brought up some interesting ideas about...

Steve Jobs and the ­ser Psyche
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Steve Jobs and the ­ser Psyche

In a 1989 interview, Steve Jobs of NeXT Computer impressed Communications Editor Peter J. Denning as viewing the future as infinitely malleable, as something he...

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The Singularity Isn't Near

 Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter...

Do Volunteer Programmers Produce Better Code?
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Do Volunteer Programmers Produce Better Code?

Volunteer programmers do better if they are in it for the long haul, says blogger Robert Pogson. "It's human nature to do better work when you are doing something...

Ada Lovelace and Brazil's Female It Pros
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Ada Lovelace and Brazil's Female It Pros

Computer science higher education classes today are heavily skewed towards men. Researcher Jamie Swim's Master's thesis at the University of Texas was focused...

­.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.

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Prospero's Tempestuous Family

Abdulfattah "John" Jandali is a casino manager outside Reno, so he knows about odds.

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...

Despite Hopes, Computer Sector Not Making A Dent In Joblessness
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Despite Hopes, Computer Sector Not Making A Dent In Joblessness

Despite a few success stories, most Internet, software and information technology service firms headquartered in Connecticut are not adding many employees. That...
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