The blog archive provides access to past blog postings from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.
Have a long time interest in code breaking and its connection to the birth of the modern computer. Much of that happened at Bletchley Park. Here a text and image tour with no technical detail. Some of the earliest examples…
Stuck on a flight home, I passed time reading a hotel copy of the Wall Street Journal, to find more interesting things than I would have thought.What first caught my eye is an interesting piece by Jordan Ellenberg, a math professor…
On building apps for the physically impaired. From Phys Org News. " .... A new smartphone app developed by a team at the University of Palermo in Italy helps sightless people navigate inside of buildings where GPS doesn't work…
Sean Follmer, Inbal Talgam-Cohen
Wolfgang RichterThe XRDS blog highlights a range of topics from security and privacy to neuroscience. Selected blog posts, edited for print, will be featured in every issue. Please visit xrds.acm.org/blog to read each post in…
Freada Kapor Klein, Ana Díaz-HernándezMost people like to believe they judge others on their merits, and not by their gender or ethnicity. Neuroscience has shown this isn't always the case, so what can we do about it?
Jesse BeachCreativity requires technical training, personal development, and the freedom to take risks regardless of your gender.
Omoju MillerUsing hip-hop lyrics and artificial intelligence to engage more students in computer science based on their cultural background.
Tobias Berg, Rebecca Apel, Carmen Leicht-ScholtenIn Germany, the IGaDtools4MINT research project aims to integrate gender and diversity in STEM subjects.
Erin CarsonExposing the driving causes behind the lack of diversity in our communities, and how to use your privilege for good.
Sarah Jeong, Colin McSwiggenFrom the early 1980s to the present day, the tech industry, the law, and media representations have evolved in tandem, all hypnotized by the myth of "The Hacker"---an ideal coder, stereotyped as an…
Grace WooTen action items for attracting and retaining more women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study.
Eve Fine, Amy Wendt, Molly CarnesA look at how implicit biases influence the advancement of women in science and engineering.
Liron Lifshitz-Yadin, Daniela Raijman-AharonovHaving a baby and taking a new start. A program for women on maternity leave, teaches them how to give birth to a startup.
Aliza AufrichtigThe proliferation of free, high-quality online courses has been heralded as a means to democratize education. The real innovations in online learning will be programs that teach the critical thinking required…
Scratch. Was pointed out to me a year ago but just had a chance to take a look. Has existed publicly since 2006. Creation environment for kids. This reminds me of other environments, like Turtle Programming of longer ago. This…
In Knowledge@Wharton: The addition of often politically polarized user-generated content changes public perception of media organizations – and it may hurt profits. But competitive pressure means it is likely here to stay, says…
An example of a technologically advanced retailer:" ... Search engine optimization has helped Tesco grow to occupy 50% of the U.K. online grocery market, and among 2,500 online search terms, Tesco is the most visible supermarket…