Category: Azer Bestavros

More Boston businesses join drive to end gender wage gap

Boston Globe (subscription required) Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences Mayor Martin J. Walsh is scheduled to announce Monday that he has doubled the number of businesses that have agreed to share payroll data as part of a unique initiative to tackle the gender wage gap in Boston… View full article quoting expert Azer […]

Mayor Walsh pushes to gather data on gender wage gap

Boston Globe (subscription required) Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences Mayor Martin J. Walsh waded into the controversy surrounding the gender wage gap Tuesday, announcing that he was set to launch an unparalleled effort to collect salary data from businesses throughout Boston, and that he had boosted the salaries of two top women on […]

Why the Massachusetts Open-Cloud Project Is a Big Deal

State Tech Magazine Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering A project team of academia and industry experts is making headway on a multimillion-dollar cloud computing initiative announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in April… Expert quote: “We have commitments of up to $20 million […]

TripAdvisor to personalize data for travelers

Boston Globe (subscription required) Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering For years, TripAdvisor has tracked all those clicks you’ve made on its site, the search for hotels in Bar Harbor with sea views or all-inclusive resorts in Aruba with swim-up bars, and it has […]

A New Smart City Cloud Platform Is Coming to Boston

StateTech Magazine Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering A new cloud-based smart city system being developed in Boston could be a model for other state and local governments… Expert quote: “Today’s cities are increasingly being challenged to respond to diverse needs of their citizens, […]

Governor announces creation of open cloud for information

WSHM Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $3 million investment into an open cloud project, which he said will spur on big data innovation. Patrick was one of several speakers on hand at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center… Expert quote: “An individual innovator can not do this in a garage. […]

Password protection becomes a not-so-secret frustration

Boston Globe (subscription required) Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences After Daphne Strassmann’s credit card number and other personal information were stolen in the Target data breach last fall, she diligently went about changing 10 online passwords. The process involved channeling nonsense words inspired by the view from her couch: a banana, a squirrel, […]

Should Mass. Public School Students Be Required To Study Computer Science?

BostInno Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences Stan Sclaroff, College of Arts & Sciences Over the last two weeks, Massachusetts lawmakers have been contemplating a pitch to incorporate computer science into the public school curriculum, making the subject a mandatory part of students’ education beginning as early as the eighth grade… Expert quotes: Bestavros: […]