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John Markoff


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May 2007: In an unusual step for the news media, three journalists whose private phone records were scrutinized by investigators working for Hewlett-Packard intend to sue the company for invasion of privacy....Markoff was not regularly assigned to cover Hewlett-Packard, but has written articles that mentioned the company. He can continue to do that, and does not write about the company’s pretexting or related legal issues

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/07/business/media/07hp.html

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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) InfoWorld Source Nov 24, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Jan 15, 2011

Articles and Resources

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Jan 15, 2011 Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

QUOTE: [experts say that Israel at its Dimona facility] tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.... Mr. Langner is among the experts who expressed fear that the attack had legitimized a new form of industrial warfare, one to which the United States is also highly vulnerable.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2009 Halted ’03 Iraq Plan Illustrates U.S. Fear of Cyberwar Risk ("Cyberwar" part 6)

QUOTE: the [cyber]attack [on Saddam Hussein's bank accounts and government funds] never got the green light. Bush administration officials worried that the effects would not be limited to Iraq but would instead create worldwide financial havoc... Fears of such collateral damage are at the heart of the debate as the Obama administration and its Pentagon leadership struggle to develop rules and tactics for carrying out attacks in cyberspace.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2009 TierneyLab: Software That Cares

QUOTE: The specter of intelligent machines seems to draw passionate comments from every direction. This weekend I had an intriguing discussion with a well-known Internet figure who felt that my article sensationalized the idea that job loss might be a consequence of A.I. or automation. Buthe also felt that society needs to rethink its view of the value of work.

New York Times
Jul 25, 2009 Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

QUOTE: Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.

New York Times
Jul 21, 2009 New Technology to Make Digital Data Self-Destruct

QUOTE: A group of computer scientists at the University of Washington has developed a way to make electronic messages “self destruct” after a certain period of time, like messages in sand lost to the surf.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2009 Cyberwar: U.S. and Russia Differ on a Treaty for Cyberspace

QUOTE: Any agreement on cyberspace presents special difficulties because the matter touches on issues like censorship of the Internet, sovereignty and rogue actors who might not be subject to a treaty. United States officials say the disagreement over approach has hindered international law enforcement cooperation, particularly given that a significant proportion of the attacks against American government targets are coming from China and Russia.

New York Times
May 30, 2009 Cyberwar: Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for U.S.

QUOTE: The exotic nature of the work is enabling the companies to attract top young talent that once would have gone to Silicon Valley. And the race to develop weapons that defend against, or initiate, computer attacks has given rise to thousands of “hacker soldiers” within the Pentagon who can blend the new capabilities into the nation’s war planning.

New York Times
May 23, 2009 The Coming Superbrain

QUOTE: Today, artificial intelligence is back in fashion and getting serious attention from NASA and from Silicon Valley companies like Google as well as a new round of start-ups that are designing everything from next-generation search engines to machines that listen or that are capable of walking around in the world. A.I.’s new respectability is turning the spotlight back on the question of where the technology might be heading and, more ominously, perhaps, whether computer intelligence will surpass our own, and how quickly.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2009 Computer Program to Take On ‘Jeopardy!’

QUOTE: The team is aiming not at a true thinking machine but at a new class of software that can “understand” human questions and respond to them correctly. Such a program would have enormous economic implications.....The new bid is based on three years of work by a team that has grown to 20 experts in fields like natural language processing, machine learning and information retrieval.

New York Times
Mar 28, 2009 Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries

QUOTE: A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world...

New York Times
Oct 01, 2008 Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China

QUOTE: A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.

New York Times
Feb 22, 2008 A Method for Critical Data Theft

QUOTE: a simple method to steal encrypted information stored on computer hard disks. The technique, which could undermine security software protecting critical data on computers, is as easy as chilling a computer memory chip with a blast of frigid air from a can of dust remover.

New York Times
Jan 13, 2008 Two Views of Innovation, Colliding in Washington

QUOTE: ...in changing the nation’s patent laws, Congress runs the risk of throttling the little guy — the Stephen Wozniaks and the Steven Jobses — who strike out from their garages with novel ideas that change the world. On the other hand, consumers have clearly benefited from the ability of large technology companies like Intel and Microsoft to use their prodigious market power to drive down prices.

New York Times
Aug 20, 2007 A Quest to Get More Court Rulings Online, and Free

QUOTE: The project is the latest effort of Carl Malamud, an activist who founded public.resource.org in March, with the broad intent of building “public works” accessible via the network, and with the specific plan to force the federal government to make information more publicly accessible.

New York Times
Aug 11, 2007 Judge Says Unix Copyrights Rightfully Belong to Novell

QUOTE: a federal district court judge in Utah ruled Friday afternoon that Novell, not the SCO Group, is the rightful owner of the copyrights covering the Unix operating system....The ruling could remove the cloud over open-source software like Linux...

New York Times
May 07, 2007 Journalists Intend to Sue Hewlett-Packard Over Surveillance

QUOTE: To try to uncover leaks from board members, private investigators examined the phone records of nine journalists who covered the company, as well as the records of some of their relatives. While the dispute revolves around the issue of how the journalists’ careers may have been damaged by having their phone records examined, the threat to sue also raises the question whether it is proper for a news organization or its reporters to sue a company they cover. It is certainly not common.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 Apple Finds No Forced Labor at iPod Factory in South China

QUOTE: Apple sent an audit team to a Foxconn factory this summer after The Daily Mail of London reported forced labor and other sweatshop working conditions in Longhua...company investigation found several violations of Apple’s code of conduct and that the supplier, Foxconn, was changing its practices as a result.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2006 U.S. Warns PC Users of Flaw in Windows

QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security issued an unusual security alert...warning users of Windows-based personal computers to patch a flaw in the Microsoft operating system.

New York Times
Apr 16, 2006 In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent

QUOTE: For legal and technology experts, the tale of Mr. Goodfellow's pioneering work is evidence of the shortcomings of the nation's patent system, which was created to reward individual creativity but has increasingly become a club for giant corporations and aggressive law firms.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2005 Chinese Cryptologists Get Invitations to a U.S. Conference, but No Visas

QUOTE: Although none of the scientists were officially denied visas by the United States Consulate... Lengthy delays in issuing visas are now routine, they said, particularly for those involved in sensitive scientific and technical fields.

New York Times

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