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19 Nov 2014 - Invitation Dies Natalis 28 November 2014 On Friday, 28 November 2014 we celebrate the University of Twente's 53rd Dies Natalis. I would like to invite you to attend this event. The theme of this year's Dies Natalis is internationalization. Please register using this link. 14 Nov 2014 - Dissertation Award presented to Mark Timmer The IPA (Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics) recently presented its 2013 Dissertation Award to Mark Timmer (who obtained a PhD – with distinction – from the University of Twente) for his thesis entitled ‘Efficient Modelling, Generation and Analysis of Markov Automata’.  13 Nov 2014 - Social inequality on the internet also on the increase A total of 97% of Dutch people now have access to the internet. Unfortunately, this does not mean that 'the digital divide' in the Netherlands has now been bridged. On the contrary, social inequality is increasing on the internet, too. Through conducting a series of surveys, researchers at the University of Twente's CTIT research institute have shown that over recent years there has been an increase in the difference between the digital skills possessed by the more highly educated and those with a lower level of education. In addition, more highly qualified people, when compared to those with secondary or lower levels of education, increasingly focus on applications that improve their social position, and those with lower qualifications use the internet more as a medium for entertainment, relatively speaking. The consequence is the creation of an information elite on the internet, and that elite is suspiciously similar to the existing social elite. 11 Nov 2014 - New approaches needed for protechting vulnerable ICT infrastructure Internet attacks that are able to bring organizations to a full standstill, are no longer new to us. At the same time, we don’t seem to be aware of the vulnerability of the ICT infrastructure and of the privacy aspects of the information we share. Government organizations spend billions of euros on finding security leaks, but it would be better if they also invested in the development and maintenance of crucial Internet software. This is the view of Aiko Pras of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, in his inaugural address as a Professor of Network Operations and Management, November 13. 11 Nov 2014 - New website compares the influence of individuals on Social Media Social media expert Robin Effing, doctoral degree candidate at UT CTIT research institute and lecturer at the Saxion Academie voor Creatieve Technologie, has collaborated to develop a program that has been christened Social Indicator and which can objectively compare the influence of individuals on Social Media. An initial demo of the program is launched, which compares the influence of 34 Dutch politicians. A demo version will soon be available in which everyone can fill in their own profile. The program stems from research for which Effing obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Twente on 12 November.  7 Nov 2014 - Roland van Rijswijk (PhD student at DACS and SURFNet) received the 2014 Community Contribution Award of IMC 2014 The Community Contribution Award of the 2014 ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2014) has been received by Roland van Rijswijk (PhD student at DACS and SURFNet). 4 Nov 2014 - New project at DACS: "SAND - DNS op de automatische piloot" On November 1, 2014, University of Twente, NLnetLabs en SIDN Labs have started a research project, SAND (Self-managing Anycast Networks for the DNS) to make the DNS infrastructure more self-organizing, and to reduce the intervention of human beings. The project is directed on DNS-anycast, a technology that is used worldwide to improve the availability of the internet and to reduce response times (press announcement in Dutch) 23 Oct 2014 - Quicker diagnosis for all cancer patients Cancer has a major impact on an individual’s life. This is why a rapid diagnosis and treatment are so important. In many hospitals, the time required for diagnosis and treatment can vary tremendously depending on the type of cancer involved. In the case of large patient groups, such as breast cancer patients, most hospitals are able to offer rapid diagnostics. Other cancer patients, often forming relatively small groups, find themselves having to wait for access to care. This is an unfair situation with possibilities for improvement, according to Gréanne Leeftink of the University of Twente. Leeftink (a student of Industrial Engineering and Management) received an NWO talent grant for her research proposal on efficient healthcare logistics for all potential cancer patients.