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Three times each week, ACM provides timely coverage of established and emerging areas of computer science, the latest trends in information technology, and related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics news to a global audience of more than 110,000 readers, in the form of the ACM TechNews newsletter. A benefit of ACM membership, TechNews is assembled from hundreds of relevant English-language technology publications from all over the world to keep ACM's members current and informed on a wide range of technology topics.

In order to understand readers' topic preferences, ACM tracks readers' usage of the dozen or so links in each TechNews edition that provide access to the full texts of each TechNews article abstract. We use that capability to dig through the data to determine which of the more than 2,500 article abstracts delivered during the course of 2017 were most popular with readers, based on the numbers of clicks/views each received.

Looking at the 10 most clicked-on TechNews articles during the course of 2018, the topics are really a mixed bag, including Internet traffic control, artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, teaching coding in schools, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and more.

The most popular TechNews abstract clicked on last year was in the Wednesday, August 8 edition; the link took readers to the full text of the article "New tool helps users control which countries their internet traffic goes through," which was published by Princeton University on August 2.

The 10 most frequently clicked-on content links in TechNews during 2018 were:

Rank Article Publication Date URL
1 New Tool Helps Users Control Which Countries Their Internet Traffic Goes Through Princeton University News August 2, 2018
2 AI May Put Private Data at Risk Cornell Chronicle August 2, 2018
3 It's Harder to Turn Off a Robot When It's Begging for Its Life The Verge August 2, 2018
4 Beyond 3D Printers: Additive Folding Creates Artistic Animatronics Zdnet August 2, 2018
5 Roboticist at OSU Uses Performing Arts to Make Robots More Social Corvallis Gazette-Times July 30, 2018
6 The Smarter City: Las Vegas Tunes IT Operations With AIOps  GCN August 3, 2018
7 Amazon Makes $525,000 Donation to Canada Learning Code IT World Canada August 1, 2018
8 Breakthrough' Algorithm Exponentially Faster Than Any Previous One Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences July 3, 2018
9 Greek Mathematician Constantinos Daskalakis Wins Prestigious Award   Greek Reporter August 2, 2018
10 10 Most Popular Programming Languages in 2018 Fossbytes June 25, 2018


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Lawrence M. Fisher is Senior Editor/News for ACM Magazines.


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