Diffie and Hellman Honored at Black Tie Gala

Marconi Fellows Whit Diffie and Marty Hellman were awarded the $1 million Turing Award at a black tie gala on June 11th at the San Francisco Sheraton Palace. The award also makes them Heidelberg Laureates, an elite group of computer scientists…
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The Roots of Encryption: Scientists Censored, But Not Silenced

By Paula Reinman Anyone following the news knows about the ongoing conflict between government, the private sector and academia over the use of encryption technology. But did you know that the differences were in full swing forty years ago?…
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GPS Files: Ugly Afterlife of Technology Products Revealed by GPS Tracking

By Hatti Hamlin What happens to your iPhone, laptop, or other electronic devices when you’re done with them?  If you sent something to a recycling center, you probably think it was disposed of responsibly, right? But think again. A two-year…
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It Still Boils Down to Personal Contact: Thank You, Cal Poly!

By Hatti Hamlin How often are we reminded that despite all our high tech tools of communication, the best way to get something done is to reach out to someone personally? Our newest Marconi Fellow, Dr. Brad Parkinson, was scheduled to…
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Don't Blame It On GPS!

By Hatti Hamlin How often have you heard someone complain that “GPS got us totally lost”? 2016 Marconi Fellow Brad Parkinson, widely considered the “father of GPS”, has news for you.  “GPS is not to blame! It doesn’t tell you…

Should Taxpayers Fund Pure Research?

Why should taxpayers pay for research into arcane subjects such as how shrimp resolve fights without killing one another?
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We Need to Protect and Strengthen GPS, says Brad Parkinson, 2016 Marconi Fellow

By Hatti Hamlin Stanford Professor Emeritus Brad Parkinson has spent his life developing and improving GPS—an often uphill battle, but one he’s consistently won.  Now he worries that the global utility he’s spent almost his entire…

Marconi Fellows Abound at the National Inventors Hall Of Fame

The Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973—just a year before the Marconi Society—by the National Council of Patent Law Associations (now the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

IEEE Honors David Forney, A Founder of the Modem Industry

Marconi Fellow David Forney, adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT, will receive the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics…
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Where Are You, Precisely? MIT Looking At Ways To Improve Positional Accuracy

As more and more daily activities have become dependent on the positioning and navigation assistance of GPS, companies are racing to take advantage of it with new products, services, and the ability to target them to individuals in a specific…