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June 2014


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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it's believed.


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The Wrong Way to Treat Child Geniuses

The Wrong Way to Treat Child Geniuses

When I was a child, I was a "genius"—the kind you sometimes see profiled on the local news.


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Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department's 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in order to steal billions of dollars' worth of industrial secrets,…


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Avalanches Are Coming

Avalanches Are Coming

Computing technology has generated conditions for radical transformations of jobs and professions — including education. How shall we cope?


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EMV: Why Payment Systems Fail

EMV

What lessons might we learn from the chip cards used for payments in Europe, now that the U.S. is adopting them too?


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F­UD: A Plea For Intolerance

F­UD

Relying on dubious claims can cause researchers to focus on the wrong questions and organizations to misdirect security spending.


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Owning and ­Using

Owning and ­Using

On vital and supporting systems.


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The Logic of Logging

The Logic of Logging

And the illogic of PDF.


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Beyond Data and Analysis

Beyond Data and Analysis

Why business analytics and big data really matter for modern business organizations.

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