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How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer
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How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Justice increasingly is being allowed to delete malware from Americans' computers without their knowledge or authorization.

Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning
From ACM TechNews

Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning

Officials in Barcelona, Spain, are using the Barcelona Supercomputing Center's MareNostrum supercomputer to improve urban planning with a digital twin of the city...

Dutch Scandal Serves as a Warning for Europe over Risks of Using Algorithms
From ACM News

Dutch Scandal Serves as a Warning for Europe over Risks of Using Algorithms

The Dutch tax authority ruined thousands of lives after using an algorithm to spot suspected benefits fraud — and critics say there is little stopping it from happening...

MTG Hit with Facebook Suspension After Twitter Ban
From ACM News

MTG Hit with Facebook Suspension After Twitter Ban

"Facebook has joined Twitter in censoring me," Greene (R-GA) wrote on Gettr, a social media platform favored by some right-wing conservatives.

Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race
From ACM TechNews

Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race

Germany unveiled a quantum computer this week.

Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul
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Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul

The Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission report on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. included sweeping recommendations for shoring up cyberdefense....

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'
From ACM TechNews

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'

The nonprofit Girls Who Code is collaborating with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on legislation whose overarching goal is to help close the gender gap in computer...

Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State
From ACM News

Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State

A Florida election software company targeted by Russians in 2016 inadvertently opened a potential pathway for hackers to tamper with voter records in North Carolina...

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines
From ACM TechNews

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again
From ACM News

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again

The percentage of Americans willing to participate in telephone polls has hit a new low, according to a new report, raising doubts about the continued viability...

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
From ACM News

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy
From ACM News

Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy

Europe's effort to export its tough privacy rules around the world is about to run into a wall of U.S. resistance.

Attack on Commonly ­sed Voting Machine Could Tip an Election, Researchers Find
From ACM News

Attack on Commonly ­sed Voting Machine Could Tip an Election, Researchers Find

A malicious hacker could alter the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by taking advantage of numerous flaws in one model of vote-tabulating machine used in...

How Trump Could Hurt Google
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How Trump Could Hurt Google

President Donald Trump's Tuesday morning attack on Google for delivering "rigged" search results met with a swift denial from the company, but Trump's threat to...

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers
From ACM News

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers

Some bathrooms have signs urging people to wash their hands. But at the Democratic National Committee, reminders hanging in the men's and women's restrooms address...

How ­.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin
From ACM Opinion

How ­.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin

President Donald Trump's insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually...

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of ­.S. Technology
From ACM Careers

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of ­.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

John Bolton, Cyber Warrior
From ACM News

John Bolton, Cyber Warrior

John Bolton has spent years imploring the U.S. to go on the attack in cyberspace—a stance that some digital warfare experts caution could set up the nation for...

British Cyber Option to Punish Russia Prompts Fear of 'Electronic War'
From ACM News

British Cyber Option to Punish Russia Prompts Fear of 'Electronic War'

Of all the ways Theresa May could hit back against Russia over the poisoning of an agent on British soil, a cyberattack seems almost fitting.

Justices Struggle with ­.S. Demands for Overseas Data
From ACM News

Justices Struggle with ­.S. Demands for Overseas Data

The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Tuesday as it struggled to interpret whether a three-decade-old federal law gives the U.S. government the right to access...
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