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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data
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It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data

In risk assessment and predictive policing, biased data can yield biased results.

Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?
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Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?

Nations consider using defense systems that can make their own lethal decisions.

Battling Algorithmic Bias
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Battling Algorithmic Bias

How do we ensure algorithms treat us fairly?

Legal Advice on the Smartphone
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Legal Advice on the Smartphone

New apps help individuals contest traffic, parking tickets.

Coding as Sport
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Coding as Sport

Programming competitions help identify and reward those who excel in coding.

Search Engine's Author Profiles Now Driven By Influence Metrics
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Search Engine's Author Profiles Now Driven By Influence Metrics

"It’s important to be selective," says CEO Etzioni.

Did You Really Write That?
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Did You Really Write That?

Online software is helping to thwart plagiarism.

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled
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Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Researchers consider how to adapt broadly available technology products for those battling physical impairments.

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs
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Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs

Whether sitting in front of a screen or in a classroom, online and campus-based institutions want to verify students actually attend classes, take exams.

Cyber Policies on the Rise
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Cyber Policies on the Rise

A growing number of companies are taking out cybersecurity insurance policies to protect themselves from the costs of data breaches.

The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars
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The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars

Autonomous vehicles will need to decide on a course of action when presented with multiple less-than-ideal outcomes.

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism
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Putting the Data Science Into Journalism

News organizations increasingly use techniques like data mining, Web scraping, and data visualization to uncover information that would be impossible to identify...

Using Technology to Help People
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Using Technology to Help People

Companies are creating technological solutions for individuals, then generalizing them to broader populations that need similar assistance.

­nique Games Conjecture Results in Nevanlinna Prize
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­nique Games Conjecture Results in Nevanlinna Prize

Theoretical computer scientist Subhash Khot is recognized for his "prescient definition of the ‘Unique Games’ problem" and for "leading the effort to understand...

Technology Confounds the Courts
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Technology Confounds the Courts

Despite the need to make decisions relevant to technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court is not the most techno-savvy group.

Legal Issues with Robots
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Legal Issues with Robots

Who is responsible when property is damaged or someone is injured by an automated system? Existing product liability laws have not yet been tested in the context...
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