University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Data lost and found

Teams of computer scientists at several universities including The University of Texas at Austin are battling each other on disappearing and reappearing digitized data.

John Markoff, a computer reporter for the New York Times, has the story.

He was on campus last week (Sept. 17, 2009) interviewing Bob Taylor, the university alumnus who played a big role in developing he Internet and other tools of the digital age.

There’s also a university press release on Unvanish.

Vanish, created by researchers at the University of Washington, puts a time limit on digital data. When the time expires, the data turns to digital gibberish.

Emmett Witchel and Brent Waters, assistant professors in the Department of Computer Sciences, several students are on the Unvanish team with researchers from Princeton University and the University of Michigan. They succeeded in reconstituting the information.

Find more information at the Unvanish home.

Look for a story on cybersecurity research at The University of Texas at Austin the week of Oct. 12, 2009 on the university’s main Web page.

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