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March 2016


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Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead

Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead

Margrethe Vestager is already having a busy 2016.


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Why We Love the Games That Enrage ­S Most

Why We Love the Games That Enrage ­S Most

One afternoon last fall a Reddit user with the handle "FranktheShank1" was enjoying a new video game on his PlayStation 4.


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Why Digital Security Is an 'arms Race' Between Firms and the Feds

Why Digital Security Is an 'arms Race' Between Firms and the Feds

The Apple-FBI standoff, where Apple is refusing to write special software that would help investigators crack into an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, is largely viewed as a battle between privacy and security.


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The New Mind Control

The New Mind Control

Over the past century, more than a few great writers have expressed concern about humanity's future.


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Toward the End of Pilots

Toward the End of Pilots

A memory that’s stayed with me from my stint in the military nearly 50 years ago is a sign that my supply sergeant kept on his desk: "We’ve been working with less and less for so long that now we can do everything with nothing…


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A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

Let's say computers come for most of our jobs. This may not seem likely at the moment; computer scientists and economists offer wildly varying ideas for how deeply automation will affect future employment.


From ACM News

How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help

How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help

It's a showdown that has the country mesmerized.


From ACM Opinion

Apple's 'code = Speech' Mistake

Apple's 'code = Speech' Mistake

In its legal fight against the FBI over iPhone security, Apple has made just about every argument it can credibly make.


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'code Is Speech' Expert Cindy Cohn Explains Key Argument in Apple's Fight with the Fbi

'code Is Speech' Expert Cindy Cohn Explains Key Argument in Apple's Fight with the Fbi

Apple's argument that a court order forcing it to write software code violates its First Amendment rights is legally sound and raises serious concerns, according to one of the lawyers most responsible for establishing the precedent…


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Review: 'dark Territory' Illuminates Cybersecurity’s Shadows

Review: 'dark Territory' Illuminates Cybersecurity’s Shadows

Fred Kaplan has written a consistently eye-opening history of our government’s efforts to effectively manage our national security in the face of the largely open global communications network established by the World Wide Web…


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Can Google's Driverless Car Project Survive a Fatal Accident?

Can Google's Driverless Car Project Survive a Fatal Accident?

Everybody knew this day would come.


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Ford's Futurist Knows Kids Today See Status in Their Smartphones, Not Cars

Ford's Futurist Knows Kids Today See Status in Their Smartphones, Not Cars

There can't be many job titles out there cooler than "futurist." And earlier this week, I sat down with Sheryl Connelly, who holds that position at the Ford Motor Company.


From Communications of the ACM

New Exemptions to Anti-Circumvention Rules

New Exemptions to Anti-Circumvention Rules

Allowing some reverse engineering of technical measures for non-infringing purposes.


From Communications of the ACM

The Need For Research in Broadening Participation

The Need For Research in Broadening Participation

In addition to alliances created for broadening participation in computing, research is required to better utilize the knowledge they have produced.


From Communications of the ACM

Riding and Thriving on the API Hype Cycle

Riding and Thriving on the API Hype Cycle

Guidelines for the enterprise.


From Communications of the ACM

Paper Presentation at Conferences: Time For a Reset

Paper Presentation at Conferences

Seeking an improved paper presentation process.


From Communications of the ACM

The Question of Information Justice

The Question of Information Justice

Information justice is both a business concern and a moral question.


From Communications of the ACM

Fifty Years of Operating Systems

Fifty Years of Operating Systems

A recent celebration of 50 years of operating system research yields lessons for all professionals in designing offers for their clients.


From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Stanford U­niversity President John Hennessy

An Interview with Stanford U­niversity President John Hennessy

Stanford University President John Hennessy discusses his academic and industry experiences in Silicon Valley with UC Berkeley CS Professor David Patterson.

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