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.

Attention to Context

Author David Alan Grier expands on his Errant Hashtag column, in which he discusses how security policies provide guiding hands to help ensure cybersecurity. From Computer's March 2013 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/03/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.


.From Computer's March 2013 issue. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

The Ethical Dilemma

It's not just right or wrong.  Ethics means something more than that.  There is an ehtical component to almost anything that we do.  But in most cases, the ethical component is the aspect that must engage the community.  We need the support and respect of a community for almost everything that we do.  How do we craft our technical actions to fit into this kind of framework.  This is the Ethical Dilemma. 


.From Computer's February 2013 issue. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

The Here and Now

Is it new or is it old?  What do we learn from Internet postings?  In this first column of the new feature "The Errant Hashtag" we look at the fact that the Internet not only compresses space, it collapses time as well,  When you live on the Internet, you need to ask "Where are you now?" but also "What time is it there?" 

 From Computer's January 2013 issue:  http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2013/01/index.html. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

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