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Scientists Should Be on Tap, Not on Top
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Scientists Should Be on Tap, Not on Top

Should scientists have a special voice when it comes to deciding government policy? On Tuesday (February 16) Robert May, the U.K. government's former chief scientific...

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I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Make a ­-Turn

When Toyota Prius owners take their cars to the dealer under the company's latest recall, they'll likely be out of the shop in about 30 minutes. Even though the...

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Why Google Wants a Faster Internet

There was no lack of, well, buzz about Google's new Buzz social-media platform last week, but more important were a series of moves that suggest the search giant...

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Lost in #haiti

If Iran's post-election uprising last summer was the world's first "Twitter revolution," the massive Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti was the first "Twitter disaster...

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How Movies Activate Your Neural G-Spot

Here’s a typical “date night” with me and Hollywood: I don’t know what I want to see. Neither does Hollywood. But it bangs on my eyeballs and eardrums like Stanley...

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The Best Web Browser on the Planet

I like to think of myself as the Dick Cheney of the Browser Wars—an unyielding proponent of greater and greater hostilities between the developers working on Chrome...

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'don't Be Evil,' Meet 'spy on Everyone': How the Nsa Deal Could Kill Google

The company once known for its "don't be evil" motto is now in bed with the spy agency known for the mass surveillance of American citizens. The National Security...

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Can You Trust Chinese Computer Equipment?

As you surely know, Google has accused China of hacking into its systems and is considering pulling out of China altogether. The U.S. government is taking this...

Dark Clouds Gather Over Online Security
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Dark Clouds Gather Over Online Security

Google may have threatened to leave China in order to keep us all from concluding that "the cloud" can't be secured. But isn't that precisely what we should conclude...

Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism
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Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism

The more, the better. That’s the fashionable recipe for nurturing new ideas these days. It emphasizes a kind of Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the...

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What Apple's Ipad Means For Your Wallet


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Don't Let Politicians Forget the E Word

Hugh Griffiths is chair of the executive committee of the Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE) and chair in intelligent radar systems at University College...

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Don't Become a Tool of Hegemony, Google!

President of People's Daily Online He Jiazheng speaks on Internet freedom: The Google-China dispute shows a strategic position change of the United States. In...

­.s. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google
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­.s. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google

Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt...

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Comment: Internet New Shot in the Arm For ­S Hegemony

Over the past 40 years, the US has been dominating the world Internet as the core technique holder with an inherent advantage of being the cradle of the Internet...

Open Access to Scientific Publications
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Open Access to Scientific Publications

In his July 2009 Communications editor's letter "Open, Closed, or Clopen Access?", editor-in-chief Moshe Vardi addressed...

The Need For a National Cybersecurity R&D Agenda
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The Need For a National Cybersecurity R&D Agenda

Government-funded initiatives, in cooperation with private-sector partners in key technology areas, are fundamental to cybersecurity technical transformation.

Why an Informatics Degree?
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Why an Informatics Degree?

Isn't computer science enough?

Not Seeing the Crime For the Cameras?
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Not Seeing the Crime For the Cameras?

Why it is difficult — but essential — to monitor the effectiveness of security technologies.

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Outsourcing Makes A Comeback

After fizzling out over the past couple years, outsourcing is back in vogue. A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study shows outsourcing has roared back to life in the...
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