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An Interview with 2017 Marconi Award Winner Arun Netravali

HOW TO PROMOTE COLLABORATION: An Interview with 2017 Marconi Award Winner Arun Netravali Arun Netravali, the 2017 Marconi Fellow, was the ninth president of the legendary Bell Labs. In addition to his pioneering work in video compression…
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Starving in the Land of Plenty: The True Story of Consumer Bandwidth

By John Cioffi Co-authored by Hatti Hamlin Why is it that we’re surrounded by bandwidth - with a few gigabits per second going through our bodies at any one time between cell, Wi-Fi, and TV services - and yet we have trouble streaming…
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Marconi Fellow and Board Member Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Marconi Fellow Whitfield Diffie and Board member Andrea Goldsmith have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Diffie, an advisor to Redwood City-based Black Ridge Technology, was honored for the invention of public key cryptography…
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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…
Marconi Society
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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…
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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…
Ray Tomlinson
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Vint Cerf Remembers Ray Tomlinson

By Hatti Hamlin While Marconi Vice-chair Cerf worked in California on the early implementation of TCP, Ray Tomlinson did related worked at BBN in Massachusetts, Tomlinson, who died at 74, wrote one of the first implementations of TCP. He's…
Ted Rapport
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Fellows Hellman & Rivest & 44 Top Techs

By Hatti Hamlin Apple iPhone Search "Undermines Security" & may be "Unconstitutional" Marty Hellman, with colleague Whit Diffie, just won the $1M ACM Alan Turing Award. Ron Rivest won the Turing Award in 2002. After 40 years, their…
Ted Rapport
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Ted Rappaport Keynoting Major FCC Hearing on Millimeter Wave

By Hatti Hamlin FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel sees a high frequency future. "We will need to bust through this old 3 GHz ceiling and create new possibilities for millimeter wave spectrum in the airwaves at 24 GHz and above. This is…