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January 2014


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Confused About the Nsa's Quantum Computing Project? This MIT Computer Scientist Can Explain.

Confused About the Nsa's Quantum Computing Project? This MIT Computer Scientist Can Explain.

My Washington Post colleagues have reported on a National Security Agency program to to build a quantum computer.


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Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report

Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.


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Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life

Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life

Gordon Bell, one of the first people to chronicle his existence digitally, explains how it has changed his life and the potential pitfalls.


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The Case For Clemency: Expert Says Snowden Deserves A Pass

The Case For Clemency: Expert Says Snowden Deserves A Pass

What's to be done about Edward Snowden?


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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

A former NSA general counsel tells NPR's Morning Edition that Edward Snowden advertised his theft of government secrets as an act of civil disobedience and should take responsibility.


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Why We Don't Trust Technology Companies

Why We Don't Trust Technology Companies

Last October, T-Mobile made an astonishing announcement: from now on, when you travel internationally with a T-Mobile phone, you get free unlimited text messages and Internet use.


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10 Bold Predictions For 2014

10 Bold Predictions For 2014

At the beginning of each year, it's possible to make predictions about the future of the tech sector simply by extrapolating from data in the latest Mary Meeker Internet Trends presentation.


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8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014

8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014

If there was a feeling that defined the cultural backdrop for 2013, it was technoanxiety.


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When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

I remember when I first looked up a patient on Google.


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The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure—and Often ­npatchable

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure—and Often ­npatchable

We're at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself—as with the Internet of Things.


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Making It

Making It

In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement was in deep crisis.


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North Dakota Pitches Itself As a ­topia For Drones

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration named six sites dedicated to the research and testing of unmanned aerial systems, or drones.


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Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency

Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot.


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Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency's reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their…


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Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in?


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The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional

The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional

Last month two judges issued two different opinions about the NSA's controversial bulk metadata collection program.


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The Top Four Tech Legal Cases to Watch in 2014

The Top Four Tech Legal Cases to Watch in 2014

While we're all wiping the champagne-induced sleep from our eyes, inevitably we have to sober up for 2014.


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Civilian Photography, Now Rising to New Level

Civilian Photography, Now Rising to New Level

Five years ago, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision would have seemed like a science fiction film prop or a piece of surveillance hardware flown only by the sexiest of superspies.


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Stop Pouting About Tech's Next Big Thing, It's Here

Stop Pouting About Tech's Next Big Thing, It's Here

It's easy to get jaded when you cover the technology industry.


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I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass

I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass

An anecdote: I wanted to wear Google Glass during the birth of our second child.


From Communications of the ACM

The Legacy of Steve Ballmer

The Legacy of Steve Ballmer

Assessing the positive and negative components of the second Microsoft CEO's tenure.


From Communications of the ACM

Toward a Closer Integration of Law and Computer Science

Toward a Closer Integration of Law and Computer Science

Seeking better integration of the insights from the fields of law and technology.


From Communications of the ACM

Publish Now, Judge Later

Publish Now, Judge Later

A proposal to address the problem of too many conference submissions and not enough time for reviewers to carefully evaluate each one.


From Communications of the ACM

Estimation Is Not Evil

Estimation Is Not Evil

Reconciling agile approaches and project estimates.


From Communications of the ACM

Actually, Turing Did Not Invent the Computer

Actually, Turing Did Not Invent the Computer

Separating the origins of computer science and technology.

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