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December 2011


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Technical Perspective: Safety First!

Software misbehaves all too often. This is a truism, but also the driving force behind many computing techniques intended to increase software reliability, safety, and security, ranging from basic testing to full formal verification…


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Safe to the Last Instruction: Automated Verification of a Type-Safe Operating System

Safe to the Last Instruction

High-level computer applications build on services provided by lower-level software layers. Unfortunately, today's low-level software still suffers from a steady stream of bugs, often leaving computers vulnerable to attack…


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Wherefore Art Thou R3579X?: Anonymized Social Networks, Hidden Patterns, and Structural Steganography

Wherefore Art Thou R3579X?

In a social network, nodes correspond to people or other social entities, and edges correspond to social links between them. We describe a family of attacks such that it is possible to learn whether edges exist or not between…


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Technical Perspective: Anonymity Is Not Privacy

We live in an era of data abundance. Every aspect of our online and offline behavior is captured and analyzed. The companies holding our data face the responsibility for protecting our privacy, especially as they sell and exchange…