Author: Dr Shawn Tan

Speculative meltdown
Security flaws exploit speculative execution on a microprocessor, to create side-channels that bypass security mechanisms used to protect data in the memory.
Another look at the TPPA’s IP chapter
The IP chapter goes much further than pharmaceuticals and biologics, and some other issues may have been overlooked, writes Dr Shawn Tan.
Why half-hearted broadband upgrades do more harm
By arbitrarily limiting upload speeds, TM is inadvertently hurting our national aspiration of becoming active content creators and turning us into a nation of passive consumers instead, writes Dr Shawn Tan.
How to prevent Volkswagen-like scandals in the future
The automotive industry has always played a leading role in setting standards for software reliability and safety, now it has the chance to lead the way in ethical software standards too – by adopting an open-source philosophy, writes Dr Shawn Tan.
Malaysians prefer slow broadband? There’s no choice!
No Malaysian would prefer to have a slower broadband package, if they had a choice – the problem with the situation in Malaysia is that most people lack that choice, writes Dr Shawn Tan.  
Addressing the data scientist glut
On Malaysia's National Big Data Framework, amongst Dr Shawn Tan's concerns is that when all those government scholars return to serve, and the local graduates from shiny new programmes hit the market, there may not actually be any available big data to crunch.
On blended learning and Malaysian MOOCs
It's a great idea to use MOOCs in our public universities, however, as with all early efforts, there is plenty of room for improvement, writes Dr Shawn Tan.
The gender gap in STEM
For each woman you find studying and working in engineering, you will find two other male classmates, seven other male engineering colleagues and 36 fellow male professional engineers at the end, writes Dr Shawn Tan.
Online dating and OKCupid in Malaysia
DNA columnist Dr Shawn Tan shares findings from research he conducted on the effectiveness of techniques for detecting fake profiles on online dating sites.
Agreement disclosure – non!
Issues to think about when one is considering whether or not to sign an NDA In most situations, an NDA is neither legally nor practicably enforceable
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