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The Washington Post Asks Tim Edgar About This Week's

"The outcome of the case," says Tim Edgar, a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, "is going to be hugely important for the balance between privacy and security.”

He's referring to Apple's recent refusal to comply with the FBI's request for access to the phone ...

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BGR Interviews Anna Lysyanskaya About The FBI's Case Against Apple

Questions of privacy, encryption, and government surveillance are typically complicated, often not well understood by the general public, and almost always politically fraught. Apple's recent refusal to comply with the FBI's request for access to the phone owned by one of the perpetrators of last year's massacre in San Bernardino is a ...

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Brown CS Is Within An Hour's Drive Of One Of The USA's Best Beaches

For more stories on why we love calling Providence home, check out our Praise for Providence page here.

A recent article in the Boston Globe confirms something that few Brown University students, faculty, and staff are unaware of: gorgeous coastline is just a few miles down the road. Family Vacation Critic, the family travel site ...

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John Savage Is Awarded A New Patent And Travels To The Munich Security Conference

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.

Professor John Savage of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) closed 2015 with a number of important ...

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Self-described as a "different kind of hackathon" designed with goals of inclusiveness, experimentation, learning, and collaboration in mind, Hack@Brown turned three this year and showed strong success on all counts. Held on February 6-7, 2015, with support from Brown CS and numerous corporate sponsors, the event brought in 450 students from as far away ...

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Hack@Brown 3 Arrives: 450 Students, 65 Mentors, Noted Speakers, And A Closing Ceremony That's Open To All

by Michael Markell

Hack@Brown, with support from Brown CS, is holding their third annual hackathon this weekend, February 6-7! The event will bring in 450 students from 84 schools, travelling from as far as the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, and Mexico, as well as 65 industry mentors, many of which are Brown alums. Governor ...

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United States CTO Cites Bootstrap In A Landmark

"The field of computer science education," writes Megan Smith, the CTO of the United States, "has come a long way in just a few years." In her recent posting, she explicitly singles out Bootstrap, a CS education outreach program co-developed by Kathi Fisler (WPI and an adjunct at Brown CS), Shriram Krishnamurthi (Brown CS), and ...

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A New Brown CS Course Aims To Build The Next Generation Of CS Entrepreneurs

The number of new startups launched in the US each year is quickly increasing and many successful ones have been founded by recent CS graduates. Current and future students may be wondering how they too can succeed with a startup of their own. Brown CS has this in mind with csciStartup, a new course offered ...

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Erik Sudderth's Software Helps Detect Nuclear Tests

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

When North Korea conducted its recent nuclear weapon test, the blast had been detected by a global seismic sensing network operated by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The network, called the International Monitoring System, aims to “make sure that no nuclear explosion ...

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Sometimes silence, perhaps unintentionally, speaks louder than words. Writing today in Lawfare, Timothy Edgar, a Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute, noted that neither cybersecurity nor surveillance nor encryption was mentioned once in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night.

"In past years," he writes, "Obama has sounded increasingly ...

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