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Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever
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Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever

Far from breaking it, the surge in usage the internet is seeing right now is driving a major upgrade.

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.

Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App
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Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App

The hope is that smartphone tracking — combined with widespread testing — can help create a framework for cities to let people resume their lives.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
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WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

Keeping Students Educated and Engaged
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Keeping Students Educated and Engaged

The use of distance learning has grown quickly in primary education, in response to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early
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How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early

More than 2 million Britons and 150,000 Israelis have completed health surveys to trace COVID-19 outbreaks and send resources where they can do the most good.

That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?
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That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?

Researchers have developed a technique for evaluating chatbots' conversational skills based on whether their dialogues are genuinely interesting to the user.

FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed
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FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to permit Wi-Fi devices to access a greater portion of the radiofrequency spectrum.

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor
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Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.

Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus
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Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Analysts in Northeastern University's Network Science Institute are predictively modeling the coronavirus pandemic by incorporating social networks.

Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information
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Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

A new model could be used to quickly displace false information on social networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) and replace it with accurate information.

Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project
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Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Think of it as a telecommuter supercomputer.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month
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YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month

YouTube has reduced the quality of video streaming to standard definition around the world in an effort to ease Internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak...

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.

How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations
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How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations

A collaboration by the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute and its Department of Computer Science could enable automated transcription of ancient tablets...

DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems
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DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems

Researchers have found that next-generation 911 systems that accommodate text, images, and video continue to be vulnerable to many of the same cyberattacks as previous...

Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons
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Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons

The balloons are being fast-tracked to improve communication during the coronavirus pandemic.
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