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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era
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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

In a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1980s, some friends and I were the first humans to experience becoming avatars—that is, movable representations of ourselves...

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In Support of Computer Science Teachers and the CSTA

If we want more computer science students, and if we want computer scientists to be understood for what we are, we must clarify the message about computer science...

Sensor Networks For the Sciences
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Sensor Networks For the Sciences

Lessons from the field derived from developing wireless sensor networks for monitoring active and hazardous volcanoes.

Why Isn't Cyberspace More Secure?
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Why Isn't Cyberspace More Secure?

Evaluating governmental actions—and inactions—toward improving cyber security and addressing future challenges.

Why Do Software Startups Patent (or Not)?
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Why Do Software Startups Patent (or Not)?

Assessing the controversial results of a recent empirical study of the role of intellectual property in software startups.

K-12 Computational Learning
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K-12 Computational Learning

Enhancing student learning and understanding by combining theories of learning with the computer's unique attributes.

Cybersecurity as a Catalyst For Economic Growth
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Cybersecurity as a Catalyst For Economic Growth

Patrick Gorman, former associate director of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, says the United States should apply the lessons of the space...

Score: Agile Research Group Management
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Score: Agile Research Group Management

Adapting agile software development methodology toward more efficient management of academic research groups.

Version Aversion
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Version Aversion

The way you number your releases communicates more than you might think.

Victorian Data Processing
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Victorian Data Processing

The Victorian world was awash with data and with organizations that processed it; and they usually used nothing...

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The Anthropology of Hackers

A "hacker" is a technologist with a love for computing and a "hack" is a clever technical solution arrived through a non-obvious means. It doesn't mean to compromise...

The School of Hard Drives
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The School of Hard Drives

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions pertaining to education and technology.

The School of Hard Drives
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The School of Hard Drives

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions pertaining to education and technology.

School For Hackers
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School For Hackers

The do-it-yourself movement revives learning by doing.

Objects Never? Well, Hardly Ever!
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Objects Never? Well, Hardly Ever!

Revisiting the Great Objects Debate.

Discussing Cyber Attack
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Discussing Cyber Attack

Cyber attack—the other side of cyber defense—deserves a more open discussion than it has been getting.

Principles of the Law of Software Contracts
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Principles of the Law of Software Contracts

An overview of a new set of legal principles for software contracts developed by the American Law Institute.

Return at Risk
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Return at Risk

Calculating the likely true cost of projects.

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Beloit College Mindset List For the Class of 2014

Born when Ross Perot was warning about a giant sucking sound and Bill Clinton was apologizing for pain in his marriage, members of this fall’s entering college...

An Interview With Edsger W. Dijkstra
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An Interview With Edsger W. Dijkstra

The computer science luminary, in one of his last interviews before his death in 2002, reflects on a programmer's life.
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