Computing’s invisible challenge

Ning­fang Mi, an assis­tant pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, is exploring better ways of pre­dicting and man­aging demand for cloud com­puting resources.

3Qs: Who’s got your digital dossier?

North­eastern mobile sys­tems expert David Choffnes says data bro­kering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third par­ties, has blos­somed into a viable industry and is the reason many pop­ular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their per­sonal infor­ma­tion is shared.

Take 5: How to protect your passwords

Not using the same pass­word for every­thing is among sev­eral tips North­eastern cyber­se­cu­rity expert Wil Robertson sug­gests to help Internet users guard their per­sonal infor­ma­tion online.

3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

Shutting down the digital divide

On Tuesday, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and Com­cast cel­e­brated an ongoing part­ner­ship aimed at con­necting more low-​​income fam­i­lies in Boston to the Internet through PSAs and dig­ital lit­eracy training sessions.

3Qs: Free speech in the digital age

Dale Her­beck, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Studies, says the Internet, glob­al­iza­tion, and the speed at which tech­nology evolves has raised many ques­tions regarding the law, freedom of expres­sion, and privacy.

Reconstructing the web

Edmund Yeh, a new asso­ciate pro­fessor in Col­lege of Engi­neering, is part of an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team redesigning the Internet for a mobile society.

3Qs: Trademarks in the World Wide Web era

Trade­marks have made plenty of head­lines this year. Sarah and Bristol Palin moved to obtain trade­mark pro­tec­tion for their names, Apple sued Amazon for trade­mark infringe­ment over use of the term “App Store” and a com­pany with ties to Charlie Sheen has filed for trade­mark reg­is­tra­tions on 22 of the actor’s catch­phrases. Susan Bar­bieri Mont­gomery, exec­u­tive pro­fessor of law and busi­ness at North­eastern, breaks down the role of trade­marks and how the Internet is changing the game.