Edupage, May 12th and May 15th, 2006

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TOP STORIES FOR FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006 RPI to Develop Supercomputing Center Congress Debates SSN Restrictions Data-Breach Legislation on the Agenda China Rejects Wikipedia, Starts Its Own Version

RPI TO DEVELOP SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., is working with several companies to develop a supercomputing center that will be the largest at a university and one of the 10 largest worldwide. The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations will be used to study nanotechnology and its application in semiconductors. Researchers will try to shrink the size of some components from 65 nanometers today to 22 nanometers by 2015. The center represents the latest move in a series of efforts by New York Governor George Pataki to make the state a magnet for the high-tech sector. Companies participating in development of the new center, which has a budget of about $100 million, include IBM, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Cadence, maker of semiconductor design tools. IBM and AMD are also participating in an effort to establish a lithography research center in Albany. ZDNet, 11 May 2006 <>

CONGRESS DEBATES SSN RESTRICTIONS Members of Congress have vowed to enact legislation by the end of the year that will restrict use of Social Security numbers (SSNs), which have become a prime target of identity thieves. Several bills are before Congress now, including one introduced by Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and another by Clay Shaw (R-Fla.). Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said the current practice of allowing data brokers to sell SSNs to anyone able to pay for them should be banned outright. Federal Trade Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said SSNs are "overused" and "underprotected." Officials from financial services institutions cautioned, however, that appropriate use of SSNs is invaluable for sectors such as theirs. Oliver Ireland, representing the Financial Services Coordinating Council, said SSNs "are critical for fraud detection." CNET, 11 May 2006 <>

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YOUR PRIVACY Security Ranked by State

Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee, has introduced the Cybersecurity Enhancement and Consumer
Data Protection Act of 2006, which would require notification of
government officials--but not of those affected--any time a computer
breach exposes data for 10,000 or more individuals. Data-breach bills
have previously been introduced by the House Financial Services
Committee and the House Commerce Committee, with varying requirements
for notification. In the Senate, two bills have been introduced in the
Judiciary Committee and a third in the Commerce Committee. Some
observers are concerned that the competing federal legislation, which
would likely supersede any state laws concerning data-breach
disclosure, risks being reconciled into a law that would be worse than
if no law were passed. Susanna Montezemolo of the Consumers Union
expressed support for one of the Senate bills, the Personal Data
Privacy and Security Act, which has been approved by committee and is
waiting for a vote in the full Senate.
Internet News, 12 May 2006

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Baidu, the leading search engine in China, has launched a site that
approximates Wikipedia but with none of the content that prompted the
Chinese government to block Wikipedia last year. Chinese authorities
exert strong control over Internet content available in the country,
and Wikipedia includes enough material deemed objectionable that the
entire site is unavailable. Robin Li, chairman of Baidu, said his
company's new site, Baike, was inspired by Wikipedia, though he said
he has never actually seen Wikipedia. China is second only to the
United States in Internet users, and Chinese users have reportedly
written more than 25,000 Baike entries in the past week. Li said, "I
certainly hope our encyclopedia will be the most authoritative one for
any Chinese users."
San Jose Mercury News, 12 May 2006


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TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006 Chinese Academic Fired for Fraud Technology Initiatives Target Public Health MTV Enters Online Music Market

CHINESE ACADEMIC FIRED FOR FRAUD A Chinese academic has been dismissed following an investigation into charges that he faked research supporting the development of the Hanxin computer chip. The chip was said to be the first developed in China, and Chen Jin, the man behind the processor, was regarded highly for his efforts. Several months ago, however, rumors began circulating that Chen, then the dean of the Microelectronics School at Shanghai Jiaotong University, had produced fraudulent research and that he may also have stolen technology from a foreign company. University officials began looking into the allegations and later brought the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Shanghai government into the investigation. A panel ultimately determined that Chen's research had indeed been faked and that the Hanxin chip was not capable of performing as claimed. Chen has been stripped of his positions as dean and professor and has been ordered to repay research funds he received from the government. Zhao Nanyuan, a professor of automation at Tsinghua University, said the incident points to insufficient oversight in the country's system for evaluating such research. Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 May 2006 (sub. req'd)

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IBM is sponsoring two initiatives intended to bolster global public
health efforts to avoid pandemics. In fall 2005, IBM hosted an event
for leaders of the health community to share ideas about what
contribution a technology company could make to support their efforts.
The results are the Interoperable Health Care Information
Infrastructure (IHII) and the Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeller
(STEM). IHII mines health data and looks for patterns in symptoms, for
example, that might anticipate the spread of a particular illness. Then
the STEM applies that information to data about such topics as human
travel patterns to help formulate efficient plans to limit the spread
of the illness. A committee representing the World Health Organization,
the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Scripps Research
Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Biodiversity
oversees these programs. Scripps and IBM will construct a facility in
Florida to support the initiatives.
CNET, 14 May 2006

In what some see as a conspicuously late entry into the online music
market, MTV is set to launch URGE, an online service both for music and
videos. URGE will reportedly have more than two million tracks
available when it debuts, and, similar to competing services from
companies such as Apple and RealNetworks, consumers will be able to buy
a subscription for unlimited downloads or pay for individuals tracks.
Analysts noted that MTV's brand recognition should boost the appeal of
the URGE service. URGE will be the featured music source for
Microsoft's media player, and URGE songs are compatible with a wide
range of portable devices. The exception, however, is the hugely
popular iPod, of which Apple has sold more than 50 million since 2001.
Steve Gordon, entertainment attorney, said, "Whether the consumer
really wants a service that's only compatible with non-iPod players is
going to be the big issue." Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks
Music Group, pointed out that the online music industry remains new and
said that URGE is not "about selling a million singles."
San Jose Mercury News, 15 May 2006


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