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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.


Monetizing Your Personal Data
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Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?

Fixing the Internet
From Communications of the ACM

Fixing the Internet

Internet security was once based on trust and needs to be updated.

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
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Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
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Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
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Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Protecting Industrial Control Systems
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Protecting Industrial Control Systems

Finding, and plugging, the security holes in SCADA.

Electronics Need Rare Earths
From Communications of the ACM

Electronics Need Rare Earths

Demand is expected to spike over the next few years, leading to higher prices and international trade issues.

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

New data protection laws raise questions about whether certain jurisdictions are trying to thwart the ability of foreign governments to obtain data on their citizens...

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
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Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games
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3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games

A variety of techniques allow sensors to locate and recognize objects in space.

Parallel Computational Thinking
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Parallel Computational Thinking

Applications must be programmed to process instructions in parallel to take full advantage of the new multicore processors.

Bionics in Competition
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Bionics in Competition

Developers of innovative assistive devices compete as a means of networking with each other.

Financing the Dark Web
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Financing the Dark Web

Cryptocurrencies are enabling illegal or immoral transactions in the dark corners of the Internet.

Advertising via Algorithm
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Advertising via Algorithm

Global programmatic advertising is projected to account for 60% of all digital display ads this year.

The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars
From Communications of the ACM

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.

Automating Organic Synthesis
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Automating Organic Synthesis

A machine that could create organic molecules on demand awaits appropriate software and analytical components.

Surgical Robots Deliver Care More Precisely
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Surgical Robots Deliver Care More Precisely

Computer-controlled robotic surgical systems and tumor-targeting radiation systems provide a greater level of precision in treatment than doctors alone can provide...

World Without Wires
From Communications of the ACM

World Without Wires

Capturing electricity from ambient RF transmissions can keep low-power applications off the grid.

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...

Software-Defined Networking
From Communications of the ACM

Software-Defined Networking

Novel architecture allows programmers to quickly reconfigure network resource usage.
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