Archive for May, 2006

Summer Reading: Who Controls the Internet?

For my first book of summer, I fell into one of my usual genres: analysis of the relationship between information technology and social, political, and legal issues. As a result, I can warmly recommend Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu (Oxford University Press, 2006). Anyone who […]

Reductio ad Absurdum

The security expert Bruce Schneier published a Commentary in today’s Star Tribune claiming to show why the NSA’s gathering large amounts of phone call records is useless, rather than merely spooky. (This op-ed is largely self-plagiarized from an earlier publication in Wired News.) The thrust of the commentary is to imagine one possible use for […]

Four MCS Professors Honored for Century of Service

OK, so it is both corny and bogus to add up years of service.  Sue me.  On Thursday, May 18th, 2006, the Gustavus Alumni Association honored faculty members and administrators for their years of service.  The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was well represented: David Wolfe was honored for 10 years, Jeff Rosoff for […]