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Peter J. Denning,
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LATEST ARTICLES
Interview

Cybersecurity skeptics now embracing formal methods: an interview with Gernot Heiser and Jim Morris

May 2017
Interviewed by Ted G. Lewis

There is new hope for those who despair securing computer systems from external hackers. Recent research at DARPA has shed new light on computer security and formal methods. Heiser and Morris discuss their work behind the scenes. ...


Commentary

The glorious promise of the post-truth world

March 2017
by Andrew Odlyzko

"Post-truth"---an adjective designated the 2016 Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionaries, and the related term "truthiness," have received much public attention recently, and have inspired heated discussions of "fake news" and "alternative facts."

In this article (spoof/parody/satire/dystopia/…, depending on how you read it), the author argues that the essential role of truthiness in human life is underestimated, and that it "is safer to embrace the inevitable and march into the brave new post-truth world."

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The three acid tests of persuasive writing

March 2017
by Philip Yaffe

Each Communication Corner essay is self-contained; however, they build on each other. For best results, if you have not already done so, before reading this essay and doing the exercise, go to the first essay "How an Ugly Duckling Became a Swan," then read each succeeding essay sequentially.

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How an Ugly Duckling Became a Swan

December 2016
by Philip Yaffe

The thrust of the Communication Corner is to offer step-by-step advice to help you become a better writer and speaker. This first essay explains how Phillip Yaffe went from being a very poor writer and speaker to being a recognizably good one, almost despite himself.

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