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May 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Tour of Bletchley Park

A Tour of Bletchley Park

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…


From My Biased Coin

Child Geniuses and Other Articles

Child Geniuses and Other Articles

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…


From The Eponymous Pickle

App for the Physically Impaired

App for the Physically Impaired

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…


From XRDS

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students Volume 20 Issue 4, Summer 2014

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students Volume 20 Issue 4, Summer 2014


From XRDS

Towards a critical debate about technology and its impact

Towards a critical debate about technology and its impact

Sean Follmer, Inbal Talgam-Cohen


From XRDS

Adbarrassment

Adbarrassment

XRDS Staff


From XRDS

Why saying no to the NSA is a slippery slope

Why saying no to the NSA is a slippery slope

Scott Delman


From XRDS

Women, hip-hop, and self-teaching: the new diversity in computing

Women, hip-hop, and self-teaching: the new diversity in computing

Jean Yang


From XRDS

Women in computing

Women in computing

Jay Patel


From XRDS

<i>XRDS</i> anywhere, anytime

<i>XRDS</i> anywhere, anytime

Pedro Lopes


From XRDS

A beginner's guide to computer science research

A beginner's guide to computer science research

Somdip Dey


From XRDS

Doing research in practice: some lessons learned

Doing research in practice: some lessons learned

Željko Obrenović


From XRDS

The curious case of a sick google glass

The curious case of a sick google glass

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…


From XRDS

Pattern recognition: how hidden bias operates in tech startup culture

Pattern recognition: how hidden bias operates in tech startup culture

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?


From XRDS

Open source, open heart

Open source, open heart

Jesse BeachCreativity requires technical training, personal development, and the freedom to take risks regardless of your gender.


From XRDS

It's deeper than rap, toward culturally responsive CS

It's deeper than rap, toward culturally responsive CS

Omoju MillerUsing hip-hop lyrics and artificial intelligence to engage more students in computer science based on their cultural background.


From XRDS

In search of diverse students

In search of diverse students

Tobias Berg, Rebecca Apel, Carmen Leicht-ScholtenIn Germany, the IGaDtools4MINT research project aims to integrate gender and diversity in STEM subjects.


From XRDS

Making tech more inclusive: an interview with Ashe Dryden

Making tech more inclusive: an interview with Ashe Dryden

Erin CarsonExposing the driving causes behind the lack of diversity in our communities, and how to use your privilege for good.


From XRDS

Hackers!: the myth that warped an industry

Hackers!: the myth that warped an industry

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…


From XRDS

All hands on deck!

All hands on deck!

Grace WooTen action items for attracting and retaining more women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study.


From XRDS

Gendered expectations: are we unintentionally undermining our efforts to diversify STEM fields?

Gendered expectations: are we unintentionally undermining our efforts to diversify STEM fields?

Eve Fine, Amy Wendt, Molly CarnesA look at how implicit biases influence the advancement of women in science and engineering.


From XRDS

Campus for moms: an ingenious idea for moms with ideas

Campus for moms: an ingenious idea for moms with ideas

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.


From XRDS

The prerequisites and privilege of autodidacticism: what you already need to know to teach yourself

The prerequisites and privilege of autodidacticism: what you already need to know to teach yourself

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…


From XRDS

Profile Peter Havelock: how does the world's largest IT company understand diversity?

Profile Peter Havelock: how does the world's largest IT company understand diversity?

Adrian Scoică


From XRDS

J. Craig Venter Institute: Rockville, Maryland

J. Craig Venter Institute: Rockville, Maryland

Arka Bhattacharya


From XRDS

Demographics in computing

Demographics in computing

Finn Kuusisto


From XRDS

Exploring data with topological tools

Exploring data with topological tools

Marinka Zitnik


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scratch Creation Language from MIT

Scratch Creation Language from  MIT

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…


From The Eponymous Pickle

User Generated Content and Media Perception

User Generated Content and Media Perception

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…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SEO at Tesco

SEO at Tesco

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…

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