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The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet
From ACM Opinion

The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet

You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now taking place in...

Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet
From ACM News

Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet

Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.

Robotics: How Machines See the World
From ACM News

Robotics: How Machines See the World

Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can?

Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?
From ACM News

Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?

With the planned launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana later this month, Europe is pushing ahead with its own satellite-navigation system...

Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows
From ACM Opinion

Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows

The BBC has interviewed Andrew Lewman, executive director of the Tor Project.

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?
From ACM News

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?

The modern world is a house of cards built upon encryption.

The Best 'low-Tech' Spycraft Tricks
From ACM News

The Best 'low-Tech' Spycraft Tricks

In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the US National Security Agency’s activities around the globe, authorities in Russia and Germany declared they...

Do Quantum Computers Threaten Global Encryption Systems?
From ACM News

Do Quantum Computers Threaten Global Encryption Systems?

Make a mobile phone call and encryption is there to stop eavesdroppers listening in.

­.k. to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads in January
From ACM TechNews

­.k. to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads in January

The United Kingdom has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads starting in January 2015, and the government has invited cities to compete...

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network
From ACM News

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?
From ACM Careers

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

The UK unveiled its robotics strategy last Tuesday, revealing a plan drawn up by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to spur the country on towards capturing...

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears
From ACM News

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'
From ACM News

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre.

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever
From ACM News

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever

Football is full of "what ifs".

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You
From ACM News

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

Sometimes it's the promise of sex that fools you.

More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling
From ACM News

More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling

A man who tried to kill his family is among the latest to request removal of search results from Google.

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?
From ACM News

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?

Sixteen years ago, a Spaniard named Mario Costeja Gonzalez had hit financial difficulties.

Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize
From ACM News

Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize

Prof Stuart Parkin developed a type of data-reading head capable of detecting weaker and smaller signals than had previously been possible.

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth
From ACM News

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'
From ACM News

Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'

As diplomatic efforts are stepped up to ease tensions in Ukraine, security experts have warned that Kiev and Moscow are locked in a cyber stand-off.
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