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Robert L. Mitchell

Ad tracking: Is anything being done?

Online tracking is on the rise, but efforts to create a practical Do Not Track policy have slowed to a crawl. Meanwhile, users and browser companies are taking matters into their own hands.

The paranoid's survival guide, part 3: Opting out, and how to protect your personal data offline

We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy.

The paranoid's survival guide, part 2: Protect your privacy on social, mobile and more

We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy when messaging and using apps, and while on social media.

The paranoid's survival guide, part 1: How to protect your personal data

We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy -- as much as possible, anyway -- and how to surf the Web silently, among other things.

Premier 100 IT Leader: Ed Martinez

With swift, nonstop innovation, Ed Martinez helps bring better healthcare to children at Miami Children's Hospital.

Premier 100 IT Leader: Karen Austin

A retail mindset helps this CIO deliver better business processes to the utilities business.

How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool

As mobile device management continues to morph, consider what's 'good enough' for what you need right now -- and don't neglect the user experience, whatever else you do.

MDM tools: Features and functions compared

Application management, security and a bunch of other features are now baked into MDM. Check out our mondo chart showing the features and functions you get with 11 different enterprise mobile device management products.

Ad blockers: A solution or a problem?

Ad blockers can make websites cleaner and faster for users, but they can also take a nasty bite out of advertising revenue. How popular are they, and what can site publishers do about them?

Gotcha! FBI launches new biometric systems to nail criminals

The agency is in the final stages of rolling out a new database that will let law enforcement search for and identify criminals by palm print, iris image and mug shot as well as fingerprints. Early results are very positive.

8 sure-fire ways to screw up a cloud contract

Cloud licensing's become so complex that it's easy to pay too much or get burned later on. Here are some tips to make sure you're getting your money's worth.

Iris ID systems go mainstream

Dropping prices, fast processing speeds and more user-friendly designs have given a boost to this highly accurate biometric technology.

Predictive policing gets personal

Some localities are shying away from predicting who will commit a crime, even though the technology exists, in favor of when and where.

It's criminal: Why data sharing lags among law enforcement agencies

Five years after the FBI launched its National Data Exchange data warehouse initiative, more than three quarters of law enforcement agencies still aren't sharing. Here's why.

Why green IT is good for business

IT is uniquely positioned to drive green IT projects by identifying opportunities for operational efficiency -- and helping to build the business case.

Forget fingerprints: Your iris is your new identity

Dropping prices, fast processing speeds and more user-friendly designs have given a boost to this highly accurate biometric technology.

Buried in software licensing

IT leaders are fed up with the perpetual-license-plus-maintenance approach to enterprise software purchases, and they're tired of running on the upgrade treadmill simply for the sake of keeping their software maintenance status current. Here's a look at how they're breaking free.

12 predictive analytics screw-ups

Data mining experts share stories of failure from the trenches and lessons learned.

What IT recruiters know about you -- whether you're looking or not

The big data approach to IT recruitment is catching on fast, for hard-to-find software developers in particular, and it could spread to other jobs.

Keep watch: 5 cloud security cameras

Cloud-based security cameras can keep watch on your home when you're not around. We tested 5 of these systems and report on our findings.

Author Bio

Robert L. Mitchell Robert L. Mitchell, national correspondent, writes in-depth technology features and a blog at Computerworld. He covers a wide range of topics, including analytics, emerging technologies, green IT and building energy-efficient data centers. His more than 25 years of IT-related experience has included an engagement as the manager of business development for an IT services firm as well as senior editorial positions at Network World and BYTE Magazine.