David Alan Grier

The Errant Hashtag

The Errant Hashtag is a column that wanders through the world of computer science and computer engineering. It looks for the human element, the people who create the new technology and tries to understand how they innovate. It is supposed to be an interactive column, a chance for people to tell their own stories and help us understand the state of the technological world. It is a column about people, about what they do, and about how they contribute to the field of computing

David Alan Grier, an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is an IEEE Fellow and the author of the forthcoming book, "The Company We Keep". Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Errant Hashtag: Accidents Will Happen

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he talks about how we tend to think about functionality first and consider security problems only as an afterthought. From Computer's April 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2015/04/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Building Trust

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he talks about how technology has done much to expand the power of thought, but it also gives us innocent tools that can be used to mask dubious motives. From Computer's March 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2015/03/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Tyranny of Geography

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how location plays an important role in software development and how nine cities hold 40 percent of the U.S. software market, with particular specialties clustered in specific areas. From Computer's February 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2015/02/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

What Is Errant Hashtag? And Why Should We Care?

 

David Alan Grier discusses the origins and intent of his Errant Hashtag column. From Computer's January 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2015/01/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The External Environment

 

Author David Alan Grier discusses a recent report on electronic voting by the Atlantic Council, a Washington DC think tank, that shows the e-voting is still a risk that citizens of democracies and engineers should take into account. From Computer's November 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/11/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The External Environment

 

David Alan Grier provides an audio recording of his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how amateur software developers might lack precise technical skills but bring detailed knowledge of their environments to the table. From Computer's November 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/11/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Lying to the Future

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how we don’t really have an organized industry until we have a model for the typical. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Point of Recognition

 

Author David Alan Grier provides an audio recording of the Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how the next computing innovation could very well arrive in the spring 2017 on the tail of a recession. From Computer's September 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/09/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Guest at the Feast

 

Author David Alan Grier provides an audio recording of the Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how a country that courts computing technology and looks to build a high-tech industry must accept the guests that come with the party. From Computer's August 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/08/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer. Subscribe to the Errant Hashtag podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/errant-hashtag/id893229126.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Half-Told Lie

 

Author David Alan Grier provides an audio recording of the Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how the half-told lie is perhaps the most common kind of message on social networking sites. From Computer's July 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/07/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Peace in Our Time

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, discussing the First and Second Great Wars of Internet Governance. From Computer's June 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/06/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: All That Glitters

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, discussing the problem of trust as it relates to Bitcoin's payment mechanism transactions. From Computer's April 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/04/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Assets to the Table

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, discussing how cyber assets are redefining the relationship between corporations and nation-states. From Computer's March 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/03/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Practice and Theory

Author David Alan Grier provides an audio recording of his Errant Hashtag column, in which he expands on his Errant Hashtag column, discussing the interplay between theoretical research and practical business as it applies to big data. From Computer's February 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/02/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Just Out of It

Author David Alan Grier provides an audio recording of his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how modernity seems to have done nothing to weaken our desire to be part of a group. If anything, it seems to have strengthened it. From Computer's January 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2014/01/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Way We Organize Ourselves

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses the value of code and how its intersects with music and education through analysis, sequencing, and synthesis. From Computer's November 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/12/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Trappings of Power

 

AutAuthor David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses "power walls" past and present, the places where we post pictures of ourselves with the powerful, famous, or merely notorious and ask our friends to admire the social standing these pictures represent.

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: Not Part of the Plan

 

AutAuthor David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses the importance of making computer certification programs easy to access for people of all walks of life. From Computer's October 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/10/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Good of the City

 

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how the idea of "smart cities" makes more sense than the idea of "smart homes."

 

 

 

 

Errant Hashtag: The Tenor of Our Times

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses cathe history of search and how he came to find that "innovation" describes the tenor of our times. From Computer's August 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/08/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

 

 

 

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