To reform its image, Uber ends privacy-invasive app feature

Uber Technologies Inc. is expected to announce the end of an app feature that allows the company to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip. Karen Levy, professor of information science at Cornell University, studies how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with a particular focus on social and organizational […]

WannaCry attack reveals two troubling ethical lapses

The WannaCry ransomware attack continued to spread this weekend. Authorities in Europe say it’s impacting more than 10,000 organizations and 200,000 people in 150 countries. The malware behind WannaCry was reported to have been stolen from the National Security Agency in April. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government on cyber […]

Did you catch that? Robot’s speed of light communication could protect you from danger

  Media Note: To view and download a “model” image of the technology, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/robotsurveillance.   ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers are developing a system to enable teams of robots to share information as they move around, and if necessary, interpret what they see. This would allow the robots to conduct surveillance as […]

In Apple vs. FBI case, data protection is a matter of self-defense

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the U.S. government is attempting to force Apple to create a version of the iPhone operating system that would bypass the phone’s security features. Apple has refused, citing the importance of smartphones, the need for encryption, and the potential for setting a dangerous precedent. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has […]

China and US talks must include cyber espionage, not just cyber crime

Greg Morrisett, dean of Cornell University’s Computing and Information Sciences and expert on programming language technology, says in order to prevent future cyber wars, Obama and Xi Jinping must address government-sponsored cyber attacks in addition to commercial espionage. Morrisett says:  “It is notable that President Xi Jinping focused on cyber-crime, as opposed to cyber-espionage. On […]