Monthly Archives: June 2012

Making it easier to build secure Web applications

Two years ago, a fledgling social-networking site called Blippy accidentally posted the credit card numbers of its users online. While that was a particularly egregious example, such inadvertent information leaks happen all the time: In April, for instance, the Texas attorney general’s office sent civil-rights groups information on 13.1 million registered voters — including, accidentally, […] … learn more→

How much does cybercrime cost?

The cost of protecting ourselves against cybercrime can far exceed the cost of the threat itself. This is the conclusion of a recent report ‘Measuring the cost of cybercrime’ by an international team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge. On the basis of the findings – which provide the first systematic estimate of […] … learn more→

It ain’t easy being Greek

Greece is a land of high drama. As fires ranged across the south of the country, stretching the emergency services to the limit; in the afterglow of their national soccer team’s astonishing win over Russia in the European Cup and thus advancing to the quarter-finals against (ironically!) Germany; and on the eve of the G-20 […] … learn more→

Towards a global common data set for world university rankers

Last month marked another burst of developments in the world university rankings sector, including two ‘under 50’ rankings. More specifically: • 29 May 2012: QS launches QS Top 50 Under 50 • 31 May 2012: Times Higher Education (with Thomson Reuters) launches THE 100 Under 50 A coincidence? Very unlikely. But who was first with […] … learn more→

Dealing with dissent

When it comes to faculty dissent, my perspective is perhaps somewhat unusual if not unique. As a department chair and dean, I often encountered dissent when presenting and enforcing administrative policies that in some cases I didn’t agree with, either. And as a faculty member, I have on occasion played the role of dissident myself. […] … learn more→

Siri, why don’t you understand me? – Inforgraphic

Apple’s Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface) was launched in October of 2011 as an integral—and heavily advertised—part of iOS 5, the operating system for the iPhone 4S. Six months later, many users are blown away by Siri’s functionality, but not everyone is satisfied. Some users are asking, “Siri, how useful are you really?” … learn more→

Is Social Media destroying real-world relationships?

There’s no doubt social media enables us to organize our real-world relationships, and even meet new people outside the digital realm — both of which can be great, life-enhancing things. But could social networking have an adverse effect on our quality of life? Consider this: 24% of respondents to one survey said they’ve missed out […] … learn more→

What\’s right with publishing

When it comes to publishing, Charles Dickens was half right. It’s the worst of times, and it always has been. Ten years ago, when preparing for a panel on the future of book publishing, I jotted down some quotes from Publishers Weekly that still sound fresh, a decade and a technology revolution later. “Too few […] … learn more→