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July 2016


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Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.


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The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

Tesla's Autopilot feature is now under investigation after the first known fatality involving a Tesla car using "Autopilot" mode was reported. The car automation technology appears to have been misused.


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How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.


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Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule

Reconsidering traditional research ethics given the emergence of big data analytics.


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Turing's Red Flag

Turing's Red Flag

A proposal for a law to prevent artificial intelligence systems from being mistaken for humans.


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Inverse Privacy

Inverse Privacy

Seeking a market-based solution to the problem of a person's unjustified inaccessibility to their private information.


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Apple v. Samsung and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

<i>Apple v. Samsung</i> and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.

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