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Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
From ACM Careers

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat
From ACM Careers

Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat

A growing number of companies are under pressure to protect sensitive data—and not just from hackers lurking outside the digital walls.

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
From ACM Opinion

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko,...

Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet
From ACM News

Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet

The average computer user with an Internet connection has access to an amazing wealth of information. But there's also an entire world that's invisible to your...

What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors
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What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors

The U.S. needs more cyber warriors, and it needs them fast, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.
From ACM News

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement.

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack
From ACM Opinion

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.s. Credit Card Security Lags
From ACM News

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.s. Credit Card Security Lags

Criminals may have stolen information from 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target.

Who Has the Right to Know Where Your Phone Has Been?
From ACM News

Who Has the Right to Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go.

­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core
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­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core

When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.

Credit Cards Under Pressure to Police Online Expression
From ACM News

Credit Cards Under Pressure to Police Online Expression

Earlier this month, major credit card processors including MasterCard, Visa, and America Express announced they would stop processing payments to websites that...

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?
From ACM News

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

Science fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do.

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You
From ACM News

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata
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How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata

Sometimes you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much—or how little—privacy you really have.

Will the Nsa Rethink Its Data Collection System?
From ACM Opinion

Will the Nsa Rethink Its Data Collection System?

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Joel Brenner, former senior counsel at the National Security Agency, about whether the NSA can protect Americans'...

A Day in the Life of the Relentlessly Tracked
From ACM News

A Day in the Life of the Relentlessly Tracked

Controversy is raging over a court order allowing the FBI and the National Security Agency to seize aggregate information of millions of Verizon customer phone...

If Your Shrink Is a Bot, How Do You Respond?
From ACM News

If Your Shrink Is a Bot, How Do You Respond?

Her hair is brown and tied back into a professional-looking ponytail.

A New 'smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses
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A New 'smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses

A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it's not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate.

How One College Is Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap
From ACM Careers

How One College Is Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap

There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern...

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?
From ACM News

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?

If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded.
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