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New Theory Blog Sets Sail

March 21, 2012 | Posted by Microsoft Research Blog

Posted by Rob Knies

Omer Reingold

As “news” increasingly has morphed into “conversation” over the past decade, the blog has become one of the pre-eminent platforms fostering that discussion. It’s undeniably true, whether you’re examining political dynamics in Syria, college basketball tournaments in the United States, or the latest chartbuster from Adele. Whatever your interest, there’s a blog—or a dozen—to cater to it.

That’s true in the world of computer-science research, too. Just ask Omer Reingold, principal researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley.

Reingold’s interests focus on computer-science theory, and a couple of months ago, he and his lab colleagues were exploring the launching of a blog to test the theory waters. A handful of weeks later, they’re quite happy they did so, given the initial response to the right interpretation society should give mathematical notions of privacy seems to have received quite a bit of attention.”

So what’s next?

“In the next couple of months, I expect we will have posts by at least 10 different editors, and the list is growing,” Reingold says. “A year from now, I hope that the blog will be a virtual gathering place for the theoreticians of Microsoft Research, for the theory-of-computing community in general, and, hopefully, also a bridge to wider audiences. By then, the blog should function as a fully distributed, democratic group blog with a rich, fluent flow of posts.”

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