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.

New tools to get your smartphone up to speed

Dave Choffnes, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, is devel­oping pro­grams that incen­tivize smart­phone users to share their data in order to improve the mobile Internet expe­ri­ence while still pro­tecting their privacy.

A VAST solution for airport security

Advanced video ana­lytics tech­nology devel­oped by researchers in Northeastern’s ALERT Center helps TSA agents make better use of data col­lected by sur­veil­lance cam­eras at Cleve­land Hop­kins Inter­na­tional Airport.

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.

The case against killer robots

We’re on a course toward fully automating war­fare,” warned roboti­cist Noel Sharkey, who deliv­ered a recent lec­ture on the polit­ical, eth­ical, and legal impli­ca­tions of Terminator-​​like weapons.

Robotic inspectors on disaster duty

Jerry Hajjar, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is helping to design an autonomous low-​​flying vehicle capable of under­standing and pre­dicting struc­tural damage in unsafe and remote loca­tions fol­lowing dis­aster events and for longterm maintenance.

Global ecology as the next grand strategy

Retired Marine Colonel Mark Myk­leby said at a lec­ture at North­eastern on Tuesday that the nation’s biggest problem is global unsus­tain­ability and it will take behav­ioral change, not national strategy, to fix it.

The dilemma of U.S. military intervention

Retired Gen. David D. McK­iernan said Thursday at North­eastern that America must first under­stand a region’s his­tory and cul­ture before com­mit­ting to involve its mil­i­tary in a for­eign conflict.