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ACM SIGIR 2017 Tokyo, Blog #1: Yokoso!
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ACM SIGIR 2017 Tokyo, Blog #1: Yokoso!

This is the first of a series of blogs on ACM SIGIR 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

On the Ethics of Cyberwar
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On the Ethics of Cyberwar

Keith Abney of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences group of California Polytechnic State University surveys the moral landscape of cyberwar.

Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools Are For
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Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools Are For

 What are schools for, and is coding a necessary part of that?

Deep Dictionary
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Deep Dictionary

The abstraction from big data on English words of distributed vector representations computing simple semantic aspects has drawn interest from the computing community...

CS Education on Tablets For CS for All (#Tablets4CS For #CSforAll)
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CS Education on Tablets For CS for All (#Tablets4CS For #CSforAll)

If we design CS education for tablets, everyone will learn better.

Toward Oversight, and More Debate, of Cyber Weaponry
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Toward Oversight, and More Debate, of Cyber Weaponry

Policies and strategies that may lead to or initiate acts of cyberwar should be subject to scrutiny. 

The Ethical Problem of Software Neglect
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The Ethical Problem of Software Neglect

We call the problem of mediocre sofware "neglect," and we pitch it in ethical terms by noting that it illustrates a failure of the ethics of care.

St. Petersburg ITMO Team Wins First Place at ICPC World Finals
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St. Petersburg ITMO Team Wins First Place at ICPC World Finals

St. Petersburg ITMO University, a perennial contender in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), won the 2017 World Finals on Wednesday in...

Ten Years at the Helm of <i>Communications of the ACM</i>
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Ten Years at the Helm of Communications of the ACM

In January 2007, I undertook the task of revitalizing Communications of the ACM. Now, after 10 years at the helm of Communications, it is time for me to move on...

Nerves Run High on Eve of ICPC World Finals
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Nerves Run High on Eve of ICPC World Finals

Competitors for the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) expressed nervousness, excitement, and resolve as they prepare for the World Finals...

Opening Ceremony Kicks Off ACM-ICPC as Competition Nears
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Opening Ceremony Kicks Off ACM-ICPC as Competition Nears

Hundreds of people gathered in the theater at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D., on Monday (May 22) as students, coaches, and community members...

Gaming and Touring Prep Students For Programming Contest
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Gaming and Touring Prep Students For Programming Contest

Students and coaches are exploring local attractions, playing competitive games, and attending the Competitive Learning Symposium in advance of the 2017 ACM International...

ACM-ICPC Has Outgrown Its Humble Start
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ACM-ICPC Has Outgrown Its Humble Start

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition draws the best collegiate programmers from around the world, but it started as a humble statewide competition...

International Competitors Head to Rapid City For ACM-ICPC
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International Competitors Head to Rapid City For ACM-ICPC

Finalist teams from around the world descended on Rapid City, South Dakota this past weekend for the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Sightseeing and some cultural adjustments...

The Mythical Brooks Law
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The Mythical Brooks Law

Yes, you can make a project less late by adding manpower. If you are a good manager.

Will Machine Learning Prevent US From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?
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Will Machine Learning Prevent US From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?

At TURC, ACM leaders consider the future of AI, and I ask about the implications for computing education

Older Adults Learning Computer Programming: Motivations, Frustrations, and Design Opportunities
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Older Adults Learning Computer Programming: Motivations, Frustrations, and Design Opportunities

I summarize the first known research study of older adults (aged 60 and over) learning computer programming.

Operating Systems as Possible Worlds
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Operating Systems as Possible Worlds

Is a comparison between operating systems, which are analyzed by software engineers for conditional execution paths, and possible worlds, which are analyzed by...

Fact Over Fiction
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Fact Over Fiction

Given a choice between the right to mass-disinform and democracy, I choose democracy.

Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased
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Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased

Unconscious bias is pervasive in computing, and training is our best remedy, how can untrained students evaluate their CS teachers without bias?
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