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Apple's Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms
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Apple's Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms

Two weeks ago, Steve Wozniak made a public call for Apple to open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals. EFF supports...

What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare
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What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare

Should we worry about cyberwarfare? Judging by excessively dramatic headlines in the media, very much so. Cyberwarfare, the argument goes, might make wars easier...

Human Evolution Isn't What It ­sed to Be
From ACM Opinion

Human Evolution Isn't What It ­sed to Be

If you write about genetics and evolution, one of the commonest questions you are likely to be asked at public events is whether human evolution has stopped.

From ACM Opinion

Facebook's Brilliant Disaster

So I guess you've heard about the recent initial public offering that didn't turn out the way it was supposed to. The company's Wall Street advisers misjudged the...

The Remote Control as Subversive Technology
From ACM Opinion

The Remote Control as Subversive Technology

Television began as a box.

Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'
From ACM Opinion

Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'

In the days of the Internet bubble of the mid to late 1990s, companies received millions of dollars of venture capital to offer products that weren't especially...

A Measure of Control
From Communications of the ACM

A Measure of Control

Some limitations on measurements in software.

The Cybersecurity Risk
From Communications of the ACM

The Cybersecurity Risk

Increased attention to cybersecurity has not resulted in improved cybersecurity.

Scale Failure
From Communications of the ACM

Scale Failure

Using a tool for the wrong job is OK until the day when it isn't.

Security of the Internet and the Known Unknowns
From Communications of the ACM

Security of the Internet and the Known Unknowns

Seeking answers to questions about Internet vulnerabilities.

The Myth of the Elevator Pitch
From Communications of the ACM

The Myth of the Elevator Pitch

Instead of pitching, listen and offer.

Why Computer Scientists Should Care About Cyber Conflict and U.S. National Security Policy
From Communications of the ACM

Why Computer Scientists Should Care About Cyber Conflict and U.S. National Security Policy

Cybersecurity and policy issues for computer scientists.

The Facebook Fallacy
From ACM Opinion

The Facebook Fallacy

Facebook is not only on course to go bust, but will take the rest of the ad-supported Web with it.

Why Gm and Others Fail with Facebook Ads
From ACM Opinion

Why Gm and Others Fail with Facebook Ads

Facebook got a black eye last week when General Motors announced it would cease advertising on the platform, yanking $10 million in annual ad spending away from...

Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses
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Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses

In 1984, Yale sociologist Charles Perrow published his classic book, Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. The odd term, "normal accident," Perrow...

What Does Facebook's $100 Billion Ipo Mean For You?
From ACM Opinion

What Does Facebook's $100 Billion Ipo Mean For You?

More ads.

Machines Shouldn't Grade Student Writing
From ACM Opinion

Machines Shouldn't Grade Student Writing

In 2002, Indiana rolled out computer scoring of its 11th grade state writing exam.

From ACM Opinion

First Amendment Protection For Search Engine Search Results

Google commissioned me to write this White Paper ("First Amendment Protection for Search Engine Search Results"), so I thought I’d pass it along. I wrote the paper...

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Beware the Creeping Cracks of Bias

Alarming cracks are starting to penetrate deep into the scientific edifice. They threaten the status of science and its value to society. And they cannot be blamed...

From ACM News

The Giants Among ­S

The patent world is quietly undergoing a change of seismic proportions. In a few short years, a handful of entities have amassed vast treasuries of patents on an...
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