Current Events and Other Resources of Relevance to CSC 190B/290S:
Social Implications of Computing
The following are links to recent (and some not-so-recent) articles
related to the subject of
the course. They aren’t intended to be comprehensive or
even representative of anything in particular—they’re just things
that caught my eye, or were brought to my attention. You may find
them useful as starting-off points for current-events assignments.
You may also want to consult the Textbook Author’s
Resource List, available on Blackboard.
- Tech-Related Public Policy Organizations
- Security and Privacy
- What They Know—Digital Privacy (Wall Street Journal)
- Sept.–Oct., 2005: Two and a half years after its launch, SEVIS has become business as usual on campuses—almost (Christopher Connell, International Educator)
- Apr. 30, 2010: Shoppers Who Can’t Have Secrets (NY Times)
- June 2010: Myths and Fallacies of “Personally Identifiable Information” (Communications of the ACM)
- June 2010: Privacy By Design: Moving from Art to Practice (Communications of the ACM)
- Aug. 7, 2010: Traffic-Camera Debate Heats Up Campaign Trails (NY Times)
- Aug. 13, 2010: Experts Warn of a Weak Link in the Security of Web Sites (NY Times)
- Aug. 13, 2010: Judges Divided Over Rising GPS Surveillance (NY Times)
- Sept. 7, 2010: Are [Full-body Airport] Scanners Worth the Risk? (NY Times)
- Sept. 14, 2010: Cellphones, social networks make eavesdropping OK? (USA Today)
- Sept. 19, 2010: Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe (NY Times)
- Sept. 23, 2010: Cyberwar Chief Calls for Secure Computer Network (NY Times)
- Sept. 27, 2010: U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet (NY Times)
- Sept. 27, 2010: India’s Surveillance Plan Said to Deter Business (NY Times)
- Sept. 27, 2010: A Badge That Tells Consumers, ‘Trust This App’ (NY Times)
- Oct. 10, 2010: New Web Code Draws Concern Over Privacy Risks (NY Times)
- Oct. 16, 2010: US studying Australian Internet security program (AP/Yahoo News)
- Oct. 18, 2010: U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping (NY Times)
- Oct. 18, 2010: Facebook in Privacy Breach: Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs (Wall Street Journal)
- Nov. 4, 2010: E.U. to Overhaul Web Privacy Rules (NY Times)
- Nov. 9, 2010: Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy (NY Times)—a “do not track” option for browsers?
- Nov. 16, 2010: F.B.I. Seeks Wider Wiretap Law for Web (NY Times)
- Nov. 23, 2010: Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites for Sharing User Data With Marketers (NY Times)
- Dec. 1, 2010: F.T.C. Backs Plan to Honor Privacy of Online Users (NY Times)
- Freedom of Speech
- Intellectual Property
- Risk Management
- Computer-Related Risks, by Peter G. Newmann. Addison-Wesley, 1994.
- Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software, by David Rice. Addison-Wesley, 2008.
- In general, see the long-running Inside Risks column, originally started by Newmann, in Communications of the ACM.
- Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine, by Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman, and Edward W. Felten. Proc. of the 2007 USENIX/ACCURATE Electronic Voting Technology Workshop, August 2007.
- Insecurities and Inaccuracies of the Sequoia AVC Advantage 9.00H DRE Voting Machine, by Andrew W. Appel, Maia Ginsburg, Harri Hursti, Brian W. Kernighan, Christopher D. Richards, and Gang Tan. Expert testimony prepared for the New Jersey Superior Court, Sept. 2008.
- A Pinpoint Beam Strays Invisibly, Harming Instead of Healing (NY Times)
- Cyber Crime
- Social Interaction
- Aug. 15, 2010: Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain (NY Times)
- Sept. 29, 2010: Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump (NY Times)
- Nov. 1, 2010: What NOT To Post On Facebook: 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends (Catharine Smith and Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post)
- Nov. 3, 2010: Neighborhood Mischief Caught on Tape (NY Times)
- Nov. 21, 2010: Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction (NY Times)
- Dec. 1, 2010: Google Acts to Eliminate Distasteful Web Sellers (NY Times)
- Dec. 4, 2010: As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up (NY Times)
- Legal Issues
- Web site of Prof. Pamela Samuelson, Univ. of California, Berkeley.
- In general, see the long-running Legally Speaking column, frequently authored by Samuelson, in Communications of the ACM.
- Sept. 24, 2010: NY Bar: Lawyers May Comb Social Media For Dirt (AP/WCBS)
- Sept. 28, 2010: USACM response to the proposed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act
- Oct. 2010: Software Forensics Tools Enter the Courtroom: New computer tools uncover illegally copied software code, by Bob Zeidman (IEEE Spectrum)
- Nov. 2, 2010: Justices Debate Video Game Ban (NY Times)
- Nov. 12, 2010: I.R.S. Sits on Data Pointing to Missing Children (NY Times)
- Technology in the Public Interest
- The BlackBerry (RIM) Encryption Controversy
- Net Neutrality
- Google Steetview