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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation
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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation

In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth.

Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it
From ACM News

Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it

The Grant for the Web program will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites, open source infrastructure developers, and others.

Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' ­niforms
From ACM TechNews

Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' ­niforms

Students at 11 schools in the Chinese province of Guizhou are wearing "smart uniforms" incorporating computer chips to ensure they attend classes and behave properly...

Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil
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Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil

Several organizations last week jointly launched an academic contest to incorporate ethics into undergraduate computer science education.

This Algorithm Can Predict Your Success At ­niversity
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This Algorithm Can Predict Your Success At ­niversity

In a large university full of lecture classes, it can be hard to pinpoint the students who are falling through the cracks.

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes
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Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.

Future of War: Private Robot Armies Fight It Out
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Future of War: Private Robot Armies Fight It Out

If robots are simply computers with wings (and missiles), then expect to see future wars fought by the descendants of flash-trading algorithms, with humans as...
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