INTA/CISTP Scholars Featured in Computing Publications

Works by scholars from the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) were featured on the covers of three leading computing and technology publications from June through September.

Two works by Stephen Lukasik, Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at CISTP in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, were featured.

Lukasik’s “Why the Arpanet Was Built,” was on the cover of the July-September issue (Volume 33, Number 3) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) peer-reviewed journal, Annals of the History of Computing. The ARPANET, or Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, was the core of what became the global Internet. Lukasik wrote, “The who, what, when, and how of the ARPANET is usually told in heroic terms …Writing from the viewpoint of the person who signed most of the checks for Arpanet’s development, I detail the rationale for investing U.S. Department of Defense resources for research and development of the first operational packet-switched network. The goal was to exploit new computer technologies to meet the needs of military command and control against nuclear threats, achieve survivable control of U.S. nuclear forces, and improve military tactical and management decision making.”

Lukasik’s “Protecting Users of the Cyber Commons,” was a cover article for Communications of the ACM [September 2011, Volume 54, Number 9]. The publication is the leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields. Lukasik suggests the establishment of a global cyber “neighborhood watch” enabling users to protect their operations.

Dan Breznitz, Michael Murphree, and Sy Goodman authored a feature article in the June 2011 issue of Computer which focused on Smart Cities. In “Ubiquitous Data Collection: Rethinking Privacy Debates, the trio define key issues and argue that “there is a need to develop a new framework or the analysis of the questions surrounding ubiquitous data collection and availability.” They wrote, “The fact that the Internet enables massive collation and integration of data for examination and categorization of individuals is not widely appreciated or known.” Among the examples they cite are that “extensive personal data on the clicks, selections, browsing habits, and preference of users has become big business” and that life insurers have begun using “social network analysis, such as Facebook friends to determine a person’s likely life expectancy…”

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