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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement
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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

A new software program uses a matching algorithm to allocate refugees with no ties to the U.S. to their new homes.

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper
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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed...

The Coming Software Apocalypse
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The Coming Software Apocalypse

There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service.

Inside Waymo's Secret World For Training Self-Driving Cars
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Inside Waymo's Secret World For Training Self-Driving Cars

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With Youtube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With Youtube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too
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The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing...

Who Owns Your Face?
From ACM News

Who Owns Your Face?

It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.

Even Bugs Will Be Bugged
From ACM News

Even Bugs Will Be Bugged

When mark zuckerberg posted a picture of himself on Facebook in June, a sharp-eyed observer spotted a piece of tape covering his laptop’s camera.

Is Digital Privacy Becoming a Partisan Issue?
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Is Digital Privacy Becoming a Partisan Issue?

In a Congress where lawmakers have trouble performing even the most basic functions of the legislative branch—funding the government or approving judicial nominees...

The Research Pirates of the Dark Web
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The Research Pirates of the Dark Web

There's a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.

How Do Americans Weigh Privacy Versus National Security?
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How Do Americans Weigh Privacy Versus National Security?

Three years ago, Edward Snowden leaked troves of previously classified information that laid bare the American government's widespread surveillance of its citizens...

The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff
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The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff

People love free stuff. That's the principle that helps explain the complicated series of privacy-related calculations that modern life increasingly requires.

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers
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The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

The race to bring driverless cars to the masses is only just beginning, but already it is a fight for the ages.

After 10 Years, Google Books Is Legal
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After 10 Years, Google Books Is Legal

On Friday, a federal circuit court made clear that Google Books is legal.

If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy
From ACM Opinion

If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy

I knew we'd bought walnuts at the store that week, and I wanted to add some to my oatmeal.

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet
From ACM News

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but...

Beware the Listening Machines
From ACM Opinion

Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

Hacking the Brain
From ACM Opinion

Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

Blueprint For a Better Human Body
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Blueprint For a Better Human Body

When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says "ow."

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here
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Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway.
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