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How the Audacious Pentagon Agency That Invented the Internet Is Now Trying to Save It
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How the Audacious Pentagon Agency That Invented the Internet Is Now Trying to Save It

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is rethinking the underlying mechanisms of cybersecurity to focus on preventive measures instead of simply breach...

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer
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Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments. 

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute
From ACM News

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute

We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks...

A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored
From ACM News

A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored

LOpht's warnings about the Internet drew notice, but little action.

Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer
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Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer

The CityFarm research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab seeks to expand the emerging field of vertical farming. 

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.
From ACM News

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.

Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.

The Government's High-Tech Plan For Identifying You Based on Your Tattoos
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The Government's High-Tech Plan For Identifying You Based on Your Tattoos

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has reviewed the results of a challenge to develop systems to identify a person based on their tattoos.

How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age
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How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age

As the digital economy has exploded, tech companies are collecting untold amounts of data on everyday Americans.

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'
From ACM News

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'

By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet's growing pains had become dire.

A Flaw in the Design
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A Flaw in the Design

The Internet’s founders saw its promise but didn’t foresee users attacking one another.

The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining
From ACM News

The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining

For as long as we've existed, humans have looked up at the stars—and wondered.

Tech Giants Don’t Want Obama to Give Police Access to Encrypted Phone Data
From ACM News

Tech Giants Don’t Want Obama to Give Police Access to Encrypted Phone Data

Technology companies, trade associations, and security and policy experts are urging President Obama to reject proposals to weaken security of communication devices...

Google, Nasa Work Together on Disney Show to Inspire Girls Into Sciences
From ACM TechNews

Google, Nasa Work Together on Disney Show to Inspire Girls Into Sciences

Disney Junior wants a new show it is developing to help bury media stereotypes about science and programmers.

Wearable Gadgets Portend Vast Health, Research, and Privacy Consequences
From ACM TechNews

Wearable Gadgets Portend Vast Health, Research, and Privacy Consequences

New devices can provide the average person with unprecedented access to quantifiable information about their bodies. 

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential
From ACM Opinion

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential

In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.

What It Feels Like to Fly a Drone with Your Brain
From ACM News

What It Feels Like to Fly a Drone with Your Brain

  At the Global Conference on CyberSpace, Vint Cerf tested technology that lets a person control a drone’s movements with his or her brain.  

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security
From ACM News

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government...

Happy Birthday to Moore's Law
From ACM News

Happy Birthday to Moore's Law

Few revolutions can be said to have lasted for half a century, or to have wrought disruptive change at a predictable pace.

Why the 'position Gap' Is More Important Than the Wage Gap For Women in Tech
From ACM TechNews

Why the 'position Gap' Is More Important Than the Wage Gap For Women in Tech

Despite the recent focus on the bias against women in the technology sector, research has shown that the tech sector is far less unequal than other fields. 

China Deploys New Weapon For Online Censorship in Form of 'great Cannon'
From ACM TechNews

China Deploys New Weapon For Online Censorship in Form of 'great Cannon'

Two recent distributed denial-of-service attacks represent some of the first uses of a new tool in China's cyber arsenal, dubbed the "Great Cannon." 
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