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Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code
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Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code

Weekly danceLogic classes offered by Philadelphia’s West Park Cultural Center include one hour of dance instruction and practice, followed by an hour of coding....

China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success
From ACM TechNews

China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success

China holds great market potential for virtual reality and augmented reality.

Student Demand for Computer Science Straining ­W-Madison Department Resources
From ACM TechNews

Student Demand for Computer Science Straining ­W-Madison Department Resources

The growth in University of Wisconsin-Madison student demand for computer science is resulting in difficulty finding lecture halls large enough to accommodate all...

Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research
From ACM TechNews

Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research

Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have launched quantum computing research groups to foster homegrown knowledge of the technology...

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years
From ACM TechNews

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education cited new research as the top paper of the past 50 years.

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou

Xia Zhou, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, has been awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar Award.

Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer
From ACM News

Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer

The researcher's achievements include significant advances to mobile security.

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to ­rge Kids to Study Computers
From ACM TechNews

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to ­rge Kids to Study Computers

Parents of female and lower-income students are less likely to encourage their children to major in computer science than parents of male students and those in...

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
From Communications of the ACM

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science

Saugus High School in Massachusetts has earned the first College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics
From ACM News

Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics

Rice University computer science professor Moshe Y. Vardi talks about the impact of technologies on society, and how this challenges what computer science should...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
From ACM TechNews

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

­NSW, Sydney ­ni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
From ACM TechNews

­NSW, Sydney ­ni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Top ­.S. ­niversities Shun Cash From Huawei ­nder Trump Pressure
From ACM TechNews

Top ­.S. ­niversities Shun Cash From Huawei ­nder Trump Pressure

Pressure from Congress and the Trump administration has forced top U.S. universities to refuse research funding from China's Huawei Technologies over national security...

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
From ACM News

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
From ACM TechNews

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.

Chinese Children Take to Coding Amid Country's Lofty Goals in AI
From ACM TechNews

Chinese Children Take to Coding Amid Country's Lofty Goals in AI

China's ambitions to become unparalleled in artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies are reflected in Chinese children's increasing enrollment in...

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
From ACM News

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
From ACM TechNews

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects
From ACM Careers

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic...
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