Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

Cooney is an Online News Editor. He is also the author of the Layer 8 blog, Network World's daily home for the not-just-networking news. He has a Journalism degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been working with Network World since 1992. Direct: 508.766.5421 NETWORK WORLD 492 Old Connecticut Path| Framingham, MA 01701

DARPA wants you to verify software flaws by playing games

FCC ruling could bolster robocall battle

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing a number of changes that the FCC says would “close loopholes and strengthen consumer protections already on the books,” such as the widely used Do-Not-Call Registry. The FCC proposals were in...

Feds want terabit-speed optical SDN-based system

Feds want terabit-speed optical SDN-based system

Specifically the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research in the Office of Science at the U.S. DOE said that networks are becoming too complicated to manage and control, especially as they provide critical support for...

Hot stuff: The coolest drones

Hot stuff: The coolest drones

From unmanned aircraft swarms to space systems, drones are hot.

FBI: Social media, virtual currency hit big time scam, fraud club

Criminals taking advantage of personal data found on social media and vulnerabilities of the digital currency system are two of the emerging Internet law-breaking trends identified by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in...

Energy Dept. wants big wind energy technology in all 50 states

Energy Dept. wants big wind energy technology in all 50 states

“Technological advancements, such as taller wind turbine towers of 110 and 140 meters and larger rotors—currently under development by the Energy Department and its private sector partners—can more efficiently capture the stronger and...

Penn State yanks engineering network from Internet after China-based attack

Penn State yanks engineering network from Internet after China-based attack

Penn State’s College of Engineering has disconnected its network from the Internet in response to two sophisticated cyberattacks – one from a what the university called a “threat actor based in China” – in an attempt to recover all...

DARPA wants ultimate zoom lens to gaze further into Earth orbit

DARPA wants ultimate zoom lens to gaze further into Earth orbit

The military’s advanced research agency this week issued a Request For Information to begin the process of developing a telescope that basically would reproduce the current state of the art of that can clearly see objects in Low Earth...

NASA details bleeding edge communications ideas

NASA details bleeding edge communications ideas

Amongst the myriad concepts outlined in the Roadmaps – which lay out the new technologies and directions NASA hopes will steer its aeronautics, science and human exploration missions for the next 20 years -- were six high-risk...

FAA: Big tech challenges for massive Washington, DC warbirds flyover

FAA: Big tech challenges for massive Washington, DC warbirds flyover

It will be one of the largest gatherings of flying WWII aircraft in history as 56 historic warbirds will fly through restricted airspace over the National Mall Friday in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of VE-Day or Victory in...

NASA will award you $5,000 for your finest Mars city idea

NASA will award you $5,000 for your finest Mars city idea

With the Journey to Mars Challenge, NASA wants applicants to describe one or more Mars surface systems or capabilities and operations that are needed to set up and establish a technically achievable, economically sustainable human...

NASA: The fine art of space “traffic” control around Mars

NASA: The fine art of space “traffic” control around Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) which controls the airspace around the red planet this week said it implemented formal collision-avoidance technology that will keep the current and future orbiters a safe distance from each...

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