ICSI Gazette, Spring 2014

Letter from
Ron Kay

Ron Kay, ICSI’s first acting director, worked with Norbert Szyperski to found the institute
The most appropriate retrospective of ICSI’s 25 years would be to identify the major scientific ideas that have been pursued and show their impact upon computer science.  Not qualified to do this, I will leave that to some future historian.  What I will attempt is to call attention to some of the contributions to ICSI not subject to the best paper award.

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from ICSI in the Press

"China Accuses Hackers for Internet Disruption; Experts Suspect Censors"
January 22, 2014 | Steven Mufson and Jia Lynn Yang, The Washington Post

"Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?"
January 18, 2014 | David Segal, The New York Times

"Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here’s How They Did It"
November 13, 2013 | Nicholas Weaver, Wired.com

"Social Networking Reveals More than Meets the Eye, Researchers Say"
September 10, 2013 |  Claire Chiara, The Daily Cal. p. A1

"Securing the National Power Grid"
September 4, 2013 | Tiffany Trader, HPC Wire

"NCSA Shares $1.6 Million Cybersecurity Grant"
September 1, 2013 | Christine Des Garennes, News-Gazette, Illinois

"Buying 120,000 Twitter Accounts Reveals New Way to Block Spam"
August 19, 2013 | Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review

"The Switchboard: Five Tech Policy Stories You Should Read Today:
August 15, 2013 | Brian Fung, Washington Post

“Buying Battles in the War on Twitter Spam”
August 14, 2013 | Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security

Publications, April 2013 - February 2014

Norbert Szyperski

Featured Fellow: Norbert Szyperski

Norbert Szyperski has never been an ICSI employee, but in many ways, he is our most important alumnus. It was through his conversations with Ron Kay, a former IBM Research manager, that the idea for an international computer science institute crystalized; it was his lobbying that convinced the German government and German companies to fund the institute; and it was his vision that was realized more than twenty-five years ago when ICSI was inaugurated in October of 1988. But ICSI is certainly not Szyperski’s first achievement, nor his last.

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Featured Research: California Connects

A 63-year-old woman interviewed by artificial intelligence researcher Blanca Gordo described her confusion about and frustration with the technology at a new job as digital dissonance: “Things are changing so much in the digital world, using the computer and the Internet… it’s assumed that you know about this, that you know about all of these new applications that are out there, and you don’t know…. I did my best to keep up but I couldn’t keep up.”

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