Archive for November, 2010

Controlling screen cursors with thoughts

Using a new brain-computer training approach, 14 volunteers learned in only six minutes how to move a screen cursor with their thoughts. Near-instant feedback helped the people quickly master some of their own brain responses. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego. Researchers have developed a speedier system […]

November 22, 2010 · 1 comment · News & Announcements

What Factors Contribute to the Success or Failure of Software Firms?

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, news about 20-somethings becoming billionaires from the sale of their software companies flooded the media, giving the impression that a good idea was all it took to succeed in the software industry. Jennifer Shang, an associate professor of business management in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, along with colleagues Shanling Li of […]

November 19, 2010 · 1 comment · News & Announcements

‘Space-Time Cloak’ to Conceal Events

The study, by researchers from Imperial College London, involves a new class of materials called metamaterials, which can be artificially engineered to distort light or sound waves. With conventional materials, light typically travels along a straight line, but with metamaterials, scientists can exploit a wealth of additional flexibility to create undetectable blind spots. By deflecting certain parts of the electromagnetic […]

November 18, 2010 · 1 comment · News & Announcements

EFF Brief: “Privacy” Protections for Corporations Undermines Government Transparency

EFF and a coalition of public interest groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief Tuesday to reject so-called “privacy” protections for corporate entities under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case, Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T, started when the company tried to block disclosure of records about its participation in the federal government’s E-Rate program. AT&T, […]

November 18, 2010 · 1 comment · Commentary

The Case Against COICA

In September, digital rights advocates and Internet engineers helped to delay the Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), a terrible bill that would have allowed the Attorney General to censor the Internet in the name of copyright enforcement. Now that the November elections are over, COICA is back on the Senate Judiciary Committee schedule for markup this Thursday and […]

November 16, 2010 · 1 comment · Commentary

The FBI and Service Provider Wiretapping, or What’s In Your Wallet?

The FBI’s apparent desire to require all communications service providers to design a means for law enforcement to access encrypted communications in plain text could have negative effects on personal privacy and industry innovation. Computer scientists, however, concentrate on a different concern: the danger that such design mandates could harm cybersecurity.  In an ironic twist, the FBI’s well-intentioned attempt to […]

November 16, 2010 · 1 comment · Commentary