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February 2013


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After Adding Online Privacy Protections, F.t.c. Chief Resigns

After Adding Online Privacy Protections, F.t.c. Chief Resigns

Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said on Thursday that he would resign effective mid-February.


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Inside the Targeted Attack on The New York Times

Inside the Targeted Attack on The New York Times

The Chinese group behind the targeted attack on The New York Times was laser focused on accessing the email of a reporter and the newspaper’s former Beijing bureau chief to the point that it used an inordinate number of custom…


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Google's Eric Schmidt: Drone Wars, Virtual Kidnaps, and Privacy For Kids

Google's Eric Schmidt: Drone Wars, Virtual Kidnaps, and Privacy For Kids

Google's chairman has sketched out a future world in which cyberterrorists are targeted by government drone strikes, online identities are taken hostage and held for ransom, and parents explain online privacy to their children…


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More Sight on Foresight

More Sight on Foresight

My previous column, "The Foresight Saga, Redux," began a discussion that is continued here regarding some lessons learned from the 2012 U.S. November elections. In addition, I reflect on the collateral effects of Hurricane Sandy…


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The Value of Microprocessor Designs

The Value of Microprocessor Designs

Applying a centuries-old technique to modern cost estimation.


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The Explosive Growth of Postdocs in Computer Science

The Explosive Growth of Postdocs in Computer Science

Considering the factors influencing the recent rapid increase in the number of postdoctoral positions in computer science.


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Cloud Services Certification

Cloud Services Certification

How to address the lack of transparency, trust, and acceptance in cloud services.


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The Tangled Web We Have Woven

The Tangled Web We Have Woven

Seeking to protect the fundamental privacy of network interactions.


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Reflections on Stanford's MOOCs

Reflections on Stanford's MOOCs

New possibilities in online education create new challenges.


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Divided By Division

Divided By Division

Is there a "best used by" date for software?

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