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Wikipedia Warns Against French Attempt to Extend EU Privacy Law Globally
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Wikipedia Warns Against French Attempt to Extend EU Privacy Law Globally

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has said an attempt by France to give an online privacy ruling global force is opening up a "disastrous can of worms" and could...

Will the Constitution Protect Your Next Smartphone?
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Will the Constitution Protect Your Next Smartphone?

More than a decade ago, the keynote speaker at a major annual cybersecurity conference strode into the spotlight and predicted the death of the password.

The All-American iPhone
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The All-American iPhone

Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he will "get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China." Bernie ­Sanders...

Jobs Threatened by Machines: A Once 'Stupid' Concern Gains Respect
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Jobs Threatened by Machines: A Once 'Stupid' Concern Gains Respect

They replaced horses, didn't they? That's how the late, great economist Wassily Leontief responded 35 years ago to those who argued technology would never really...

How New Technology is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma
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How New Technology is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma

On a pleaant Friday afternoon in April, the grassy quadrangle at the center of the Carnegie Mellon University campus is buzzing with activity.

Dear Apple: Please Use These Ideas to Modernize the Mac
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Dear Apple: Please Use These Ideas to Modernize the Mac

I took a vacation last month. I traveled some. I read a lot. And I refurbished an old late 2008 MacBook Pro, one of the original aluminum unibody models.

A Strip of Pluto
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A Strip of Pluto

I know, that image above doesn't look like much, does it? But go ahead, click it. I dare you.

To Beat the Blues, Visits Must Be Real, Not Virtual
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To Beat the Blues, Visits Must Be Real, Not Virtual

Imagine being stranded on a desert island with a roof over your head and sufficient provisions—but no human contact other than what you can get from your smartphone...

The Snowden Effect: Privacy Is Good for Business
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The Snowden Effect: Privacy Is Good for Business

On June 6, 2013, Edward Snowden—holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room with two Guardian reporters and a filmmaker—told the world about a secret surveillance program...

Elegy for the Capital-I Internet
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Elegy for the Capital-I Internet

We've long stopped referring to the Internet as "the information superhighway," but there was a reason for the metaphor.

The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks
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The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks

America's nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of the 1970s that few of us may recall: the humble floppy disk.

The Woeful TSA Doesn't Need More Staff. It Needs This Tech
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The Woeful TSA Doesn't Need More Staff. It Needs This Tech

American airport security has never been something to look forward to, but in the past few weeks, it's attained new levels of misery.

Smart Tampon? The Internet of Every Single Thing Must Be Stopped
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Smart Tampon? The Internet of Every Single Thing Must Be Stopped

Let's play a game. Which of the following is a real smartphone-connected product?

American Schools Are Teaching Our Kids How to Code All Wrong
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American Schools Are Teaching Our Kids How to Code All Wrong

The US Department of Labor projects that one million jobs in computing will go unfilled by 2020.

The Privacy Problem with Digital Assistants
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The Privacy Problem with Digital Assistants

For the last century, we've imagined a future where we're surrounded by robotic butlers that are classy, smart, and discreet.

Why SETI Researchers Must Change the Way They Announce First Contact
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Why SETI Researchers Must Change the Way They Announce First Contact

One of humanity’s most significant events will be the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in universe. Back in the 1980s, a group of astronomers involved in...

A Byte Is All We Need
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A Byte Is All We Need

A teenager explores ways to attract girls into the magical world of computer science.

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy
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Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy

Protecting social norms as confidentiality wanes.

Computer Science Should Stay Young
From Communications of the ACM

Computer Science Should Stay Young

Seeking to improve computer science publication culture while retaining the best aspects of the conference and journal publication processes.

An Interview with Yale Patt
From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Yale Patt

ACM Fellow Professor Yale Patt reflects on his career in industry and academia.
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