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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers
From ACM Careers

Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

The Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. tech companies have long valued.

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware
From ACM TechNews

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

The Cyber Threat Intelligence League aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
From ACM TechNews

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
From ACM TechNews

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
From ACM TechNews

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.

Flawed Algorithm Used to Determine U.K. Welfare Payments Is 'Pushing People Into Poverty'
From ACM TechNews

Flawed Algorithm Used to Determine U.K. Welfare Payments Is 'Pushing People Into Poverty'

Human Rights Watch warns a flawed algorithm for calculating monthly social security benefits in Britain is causing hunger, debt, and psychological distress.

Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems
From ACM TechNews

Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems

Researchers found critical defects in two popular industrial remote access systems that attackers could exploit.

Report Shows It Could Take 12 Years to Reach Equal Representation of Women in Tech
From ACM TechNews

Report Shows It Could Take 12 Years to Reach Equal Representation of Women in Tech

Women technologists account for 28.8% of the technology workforce this year, up from 25.9% in 2018 and 26.2% in 2019, according to AnitaB.org's 10th annual "Top...

America's Innovation Edge Now in Peril, Report Says
From ACM Careers

America's Innovation Edge Now in Peril, Report Says

A sweeping report from Baker Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences urges significant policy and funding action to ensure the United States does...

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
From ACM News

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit
From ACM TechNews

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit

Microsoft warns a high-impact vulnerability that allows hackers to instantly take control of Windows' Active Directory is being actively exploited by malicious...

In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women
From ACM TechNews

In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women

Facial recognition algorithms have higher false-positive and lower false-negative rates for Black women, eyeglass wearers, and young children.

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

At least 13 of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu
From ACM News

Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu

High-frequency trader connecting via Merrill Lynch apparently unleashed data flood.

Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments
From ACM TechNews

Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments

The cities of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Helsinki, Finland, have launched beta versions of artificial intelligence registries.

DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield
From ACM News

DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield

The Department of Justice proposed new legislation last week to reform a key legal liability shield for the tech industry known as Section 230.

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race
From ACM TechNews

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election...

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data
From ACM TechNews

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network...

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
From ACM TechNews

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

Fran Allen
From Communications of the ACM

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

Frances E. Allen was the first woman recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.
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