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Rukmini Callimachi is arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world. As a New York Times correspondent covering terrorism, her work explores not just what jihadists do but how they do it.
When it comes to warfare—the weapons, the budgets, the personnel—America is king. But the United States has not yet conquered cyberwarfare.
Just days after Robert Gates became secretary of defense in December 2006, in the middle of George W. Bush’s second term, he found himself so stunned by the volume of attempted cyberattacks against the U.S. military’s computer…
Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives.
When he started at the CIA, Sean Roche recalls how little solid data the U.S. spy agency had on what was going on inside the Kremlin.
Computer security problems have far exceeded the limits of the human brain. What can we do about it?
Seeking to reframe computational thinking as computational participation.
Keeping ego out of software-design review.
Considering the benefits and downsides of collaborative research.