RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response

RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response - Erlingsson et al. 2014 The RAPPOR paper made a brief appearance on HN a few weeks ago, and addresses the question of privacy preservation while collecting data - for example, in order to improve a service offering. Crowdsourcing data to make better, more informed decisions is becoming increasingly … Continue reading RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response

End-to-End Arguments in System Design

End-to-end arguments in system design - Saltzer, Reed, & Clark 1984. A true classic from 30 years ago. From the abstract: This paper presents a design principle that helps guide placement of functions among the modules of a distributed computer system. The principle, called the end-to-end argument, suggests that functions placed at low levels of … Continue reading End-to-End Arguments in System Design

The Declarative Imperative: Experiences and Conjectures in Distributed Logic

The Declarative Imperative: Experiences and Conjectures in Distributed Logic - Hellerstein 2010. This paper is an extended version of an invited talk that Joe Hellerstein gave to the ACM PODS conference in 2010. The primary audience is therefore database researchers, but there's some good food for thought for the rest of us in there too. … Continue reading The Declarative Imperative: Experiences and Conjectures in Distributed Logic

An Evaluation of Amazon S3’s Consistency Behavior

Eventual Consistency: How soon is eventual? An Evaluation of Amazon S3's Consistency Behavior - Bermbach and Tai, 2011 In honour of AWS re:Invent this week, and since we've already covered the excellent Dynamo paper at #31 in this series, here's a paper looking at eventual consistency and the behaviour of S3. In this work we … Continue reading An Evaluation of Amazon S3’s Consistency Behavior

The Power of Interoperability: why objects are inevitable

The power of interoperability: why objects are inevitable - Aldrich 2013 This is a thought-provoking essay from 2013 in defence of objects and OOP. To many, the reason for objects' success is not obvious. Indeed, objects have been strongly criticised. ... While there has unquestionably been some hype about objects over the years, I have … Continue reading The Power of Interoperability: why objects are inevitable