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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

Quarantines and school closures have shifted some students back to remote learning, highlighting the digital divide.

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes
From ACM TechNews

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes

Canadian cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab has detailed encryption flaws in the mandatory smartphone application China created for Winter Olympics athletes.

The Future of Robot Nannies
From ACM News

The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

Converting Laws to Programs
From Communications of the ACM

Converting Laws to Programs

In highly regulated industries, it is critical that laws are translated precisely into code that reflects their intent.

Monetizing Your Personal Data
From Communications of the ACM

Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?

University Launches First Full Class in Virtual Reality
From ACM News

University Launches First Full Class in Virtual Reality


Cornell University Reports More Than 900 Covid-19 Cases This Week
From ACM News

Cornell University Reports More Than 900 Covid-19 Cases This Week

Many are Omicron variant cases in fully vaccinated students.

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future
From ACM TechNews

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids.

U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills

A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that nearly a third of the U.S. workforce has limited or no digital skills.

Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality
From ACM TechNews

Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, plans to expand its virtual interactive venue, The Spaceship, as part of its New Frontier exhibition.

Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education
From ACM News

Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education

"There is an urgent need to increase the number of women entering STEM and IT fields," said Monash University Faculty of IT Interim Dean Professor Ann Nicholson...

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
From Communications of the ACM

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

New York Mayor-Elect Says Schools Should Teach About Cryptocurrency
From ACM News

New York Mayor-Elect Says Schools Should Teach About Cryptocurrency

The comments come days after mayor-elect Eric Adams said he would accept his first few paychecks as New York City's mayor in Bitcoin.

Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares
From ACM TechNews

Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge found universities' value judgments about research have been tied to social media platforms.

Chinese Computer Scientist Awarded Kyoto Prize for Work Playing 'Vital Role in Modern Society'
From ACM TechNews

Chinese Computer Scientist Awarded Kyoto Prize for Work Playing 'Vital Role in Modern Society'

Japan's Inamori Foundation has named Chinese computer scientist Andrew Yao Chi-chih recipient of the international Kyoto Prize in advanced technology.

Enrollment Algorithms Raise Equity Concerns in Higher Ed
From ACM TechNews

Enrollment Algorithms Raise Equity Concerns in Higher Ed

Algorithms that decide how colleges and universities apportion financial aid could be unfairly filtering out applicants and reducing their aid offers.

Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs
From ACM TechNews

Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs

Hundreds of girls and women in Afghanistan continue to learn, either online or in hidden makeshift classrooms.

Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition
From ACM TechNews

Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

A ninth grader at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize at the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering contest.

ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes
From ACM TechNews

ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

Researchers at South Africa's University of Johannesburg have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can be enhanced significantly for medical purposes. ...
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