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2018 Olympics: Could computer hacks produce the wrong winners?

Betsy Cooper, Executive Director, UC Berkeley Center for Long-term Cybersecurity | January 19, 2018

Sporting events are only meaningful if we trust the results. But as digital devices proliferate, so will the risks of cybersecurity failures. Imagine if, at next month’s 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the women’s figure skating competition were to be halted mid-event. Several coaches file a protest alleging that the International Skating Union Scoring System, the computer-based system … Continue reading »

Gamification for global health

Sandra McCoy, associate professor in the School of Public Health | June 7, 2017

Gamification is popping up everywhere in our daily lives, with applications to management, commerce and health. Why? Because the evidence suggests that it works. Now it’s being studied in an HIV prevention program for young gay and bisexual men.

Digital insecurity is the new normal

Steven Weber, professor of political science and at the School of Information, faculty director of the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity | May 15, 2017

What’s most important about the latest ransomware attacks is that British doctors have reverted to pen and paper in their wake. This “back to analog” moment isn’t just a knee-jerk, stopgap reaction to a short-term problem. It’s a rational response to our increasingly insecure internet, and we are going to see more of it ahead.

How the tech industry can lead in the Trump era

Sonia Katyal, Chancellor's Professor of Law, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology codirector | November 30, 2016

Co-authored by Simone C. Ross, co-founder and chief program officer at Techonomy. This presidential election has kicked off tempestuous debates and much soul searching about the role of technology, especially social media, in the democratic process. These questions are vital, but now it is time to look forward. The core issue is the question of … Continue reading »

Women in technology: meeting the challenge for the next generation

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | October 5, 2016

With the fall semester well underway, many students are assessing their academic strengths and interests, measuring them against possible majors and long-term plans. Unfortunately, most young women will rule out paths leading to careers in technology and computer science, areas where jobs will be plentiful and creativity in demand for the foreseeable future. Gender diversity … Continue reading »