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Seny Kamara Shares His Thoughts On Mainstream Email Encryption In Motherboard

Email encryption has been available for more than two decades, but providing the layperson with access to secure email (now much in demand in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations) has proven difficult. How will it work? Despite multiple years of effort from Yahoo, Google, and others, various issues, including public-key authentication and usability ...

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IEEE Spectrum References Brown's Million Objects Challenge In An Article On Robotic Grasping

As the field of robotics begins to make serious headway with the challenge of robotic grasping, Professor Stefanie Tellex's Humans to Robots Laboratory (H2R) at Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) continues to draw attention. In a recent IEEE Spectrum article, Sergey Levine of Google mentions the "substantially broader aim" of ...

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Encryption Can't Make 2+2=5, Says Anna Lysyanskaya In Le Nouvel Observateur

"Stunned silence" is how Professor Anna Lysyanskaya of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) describes the reaction to a recent speech by President Barack Obama at the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals (SXSW). In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, she comments on the consensus among cryptologists that secure encryption accessible ...

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Timothy Edgar Proposes A Review Of Europe's Counterterrorism Policies

In addition to advancing the field at a local and national level, Brown CS community members have a global impact on education and research. For more articles on Brown CS around the world click here.

In trying times, perhaps one of the most substantial contributions that academics can offer is to use their position of ...

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Timothy Edgar Offers Bloomberg A Unique View On The Recent Apple/FBI Controversy

A detailed recent news item in Bloomberg by Adam Satariano and Chris Strohm dissects the ongoing Apple/FBI controversy that arose from the court order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the accused perpetrators of the San Bernardino massacre. Initially, they find, the Obama administration and Apple shared a certain amount of common ...

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Humanités_Numériques.jpg A new article published by Medium shows the importance of applying computer science to various disciplines, as well as details on an interesting connection between Brown CS and one of the first digital historians.

Brown CS faculty member Maurice Herlihy’s father is the center of this captivating story. David J. Herlihy was a historian ...

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Brown CS Students Make Another Strong Showing At The Third Annual Cyber 9/12 Student Competition

Brown CS students continue to distinguish themselves at hackathons nationwide. To read more on this topic, click here.

This past weekend, team Brown Secure (composed of Brown University students Luke Camery, Nicholas Curcio, Sarah McNeil, and Dayton Williams, all juniors, and coached by Brown CS Professor John Savage) attended the fourth annual Atlantic Council Cyber ...

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RI Robot Block Party Returns On April 9

The robots return! Rhode Island Robot Block Party will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Pizzitola Sports Center (235 Hope Street).

Rhode Island Robot Block Party, an expo founded by the Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative ...

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Seny Kamara Comments On A Proposed Signing Key Solution In The Wake Of The Apple/FBI Controversy

Weeks after Apple's refusal to unlock the iPhone of an accused perpetrator of the 2015 San Bernardino massacre, public debate about surveillance, privacy, and encryption continues. As solutions are proposed, faculty members from Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) have been repeatedly asked for comment. This time, MIT Technology Review has ...

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In her latest commentary on Apple's recent struggles with the FBI, Professor Anna Lysyanskaya of Brown University's Computer Science Department (Brown CS) takes an unusual position: iPhone security is flawed, and the legal battle could have been avoided. 

"In order to call a product or consumer device secure, even its maker shouldn't ...

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