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LATEST ARTICLES
Communication Corner

How to improve your writing by standing on your head

June 2017
by Philip Yaffe

Each "Communication Corner" essay is self-contained; however, they build on each other. For best results, 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.

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Commentary

10 rules for an unhackable data vault

May 2017
by James B. Morris

Most recent publicity on cyber security has focused on preventing attacks by external hackers. While many of these attacks began with an insider, there has been much less discussion about preventing malicious insider exploits. Perhaps that is because untrustworthy insiders are hard to find and block before they strike. ...



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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