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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November
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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November

The University of Southern California Election Security Initiative is scrambling to virtually train campaign and election officials across the U.S. before the November...

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties
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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know...

U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers
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With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers

The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular video games to conduct lessons on a range of topics.

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything
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Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything

Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.

State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response
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State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response

With digital services swamped by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. state and local governments are asking technologists to volunteer to assist with response strategies...

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge
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Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge

Facebook has placed its army of human moderators on paid leave, forcing the company to police disinformation without them.

Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media
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Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media

Facebook and Twitter suspended a Russian-linked campaign designed to inflame racial tensions among African Americans in the U.S.

3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid
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3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid

New three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes are taking shape at the Community First Village affordable housing development in Austin, TX.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
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Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy
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NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted for two new supercomputers, which would triple the organization's computing capacity.

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers
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How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers

Corporate transfers of operations to the cloud have elevated the threat of hacking.

ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers
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ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers

Maryland officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have run facial recognition searches on millions of state driver's license photos without...

Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep
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Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking
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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking

Google and other online mapmakers revise borders depending on who is viewing them, in deference to diplomats, policymakers, and their own executives, according...

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus
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Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census
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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census.

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.
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