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"Universities do not like to dwell on their value," writes Rich DeMillo (Computer Science), author of Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities. "There are many who try to cast any such discussion as the opening volley of a holy war between true academicians and infidels who would sacrifice noble pursuits for economic gain." Source: The Guardian

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“Malicious functionality might do things like steal your credentials--we call it spyware,” says Jon Giffin (Computer Science). “It might spy on the password you are typing into a browser. It might ... turn on a microphone so your cell phone now becomes a bug that's transmitting an audio signal to the attacker." (video) Source: WAGA

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“When people start attacking infrastructure, it creates the potential for a rogue version of the Internet,” says David Dagon (Computer Science), who assisted U.S. law enforcement in breaking up an Internet advertising scam originating out of Eastern Europe. Source: The New York Times

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In the 2012 Emerging Cyber Threats Report, Georgia Tech researchers name three cyber attacks likely to be most prevalent in the coming year, targeting Internet search engines, smartphones and individual computers. Source: WYFF Greenville

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ATLANTA – Nov. 8, 2011 – Researchers from the Georgia Tech College of Computing, working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed a digital data tracking system to assist low-resource clinical laboratories in developing countries. Source: Office of Communications

Technology is rapidly commoditizing the information that's disseminated in college courses, says Rich DeMillo (Computer Science). "If you can easily access a lecture in quantum mechanics from the best lecturer on quantum mechanics, how many other quantum mechanics lectures do you need?" It's the intellectual discussion of these facts where professors add value, he says. Source: The New York Times

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"By a large majority," says Rich DeMillo (Computer Science), "the American public thinks that it’s not getting value for the tuition dollar. It thinks that universities are not doing a good job." DeMillo is director of the Center for 21st Century Universities and author of the new book, Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities. Source: Lawlor Review

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Researchers led by Patrick Traynor (Computer Science) have shown how placing a phone on a desk could allow its accelerometer to detect the vibrations from key presses on a nearby keyboard and pick out words with an accuracy of up to 80%. Source: InformationWeek

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The United States could soon face a "crash" of student loan defaults, says Rich DeMillo (Computer Science), director of the Center for 21st Century Universities. "Students are going to be coming out of school with diplomas and not necessarily able to recover the value they put into their degrees." (video) Source: Fox Business Channel

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What broadband users need is a connectivity thermostat that they can use to better manage how they access their ISP’s pipes. At a recent conference Nick Feamster (Computer Science) described Project Bismark, an effort to help users manage their bandwidth caps and allocate broadband resources inside the home. Source: GigaOM

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