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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems
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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems

A cybersecurity audit found 21% of 430 U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.
From ACM TechNews

Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.

U.S. schools have made huge technology investments in the last 10 years, but now parents and educators question whether the effect of technology on education has...

Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats
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Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats

Mastercard's Girls4Tech program aims to inspire middle school girls worldwide to pursue careers in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, with the goal of recruiting...

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test
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AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test...

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills
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Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

U.S. companies and universities are developing cybersecurity training facilities that model real-world networks and scenarios to educate staff and evaluate theories...

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.
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People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

Google has launched an artificial intelligence-powered tool that automatically detects grammar mistakes while messages are being composed in Gmail, and auto-corrects...

Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need
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Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need

The present state of software engineering education at universities does not meet the needs of technology-based software startups, according to a new study.

Girls Now More Than 20% of Computing GCSE Entries
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Girls Now More Than 20% of Computing GCSE Entries

The number of girls in the U.K. choosing to take computing at the General Certificate of Secondary Education level increased this year, with girls now making up...

How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm
From ACM TechNews

How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm

An algorithm developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a competition to determine the best solution for busing 25,000 students to Boston schools...

An Inability to Reproduce
From Communications of the ACM

An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.

CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students
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CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students

A new survey by the National Center for Women and Information Technology found tbat community college students in introductory computing classes generally can be...

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'
From ACM TechNews

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'

The nonprofit Girls Who Code is collaborating with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on legislation whose overarching goal is to help close the gender gap in computer...

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech
From ACM TechNews

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech

Data from the College Board shows that more girls and minority high school students are taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course.

Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break
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Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break

Nigerian technologist Chinenye Udeh has launched a program that aims to boost gender parity in the technology industry in her home country, where women make up...

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out
From ACM TechNews

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

Researchers in the U.K. have found that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degree.

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing
From ACM TechNews

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing

Northeastern University hopes to improve women's representation in technology with its newly established Center for Inclusive Computing.

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms
From ACM TechNews

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms

Increasing class size has the greatest negative impact on female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classrooms.

Exclusion in STEM Classrooms Lead to Lower Graduation Rates for Minority Students: UT Study
From ACM TechNews

Exclusion in STEM Classrooms Lead to Lower Graduation Rates for Minority Students: UT Study

Black and Latinx students are more likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and math majors in college because of obstacles they face that their white...

Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist
From ACM News

Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist

"Now we have a new generation of women professors. But this is far from enough."

­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops
From ACM TechNews

­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops

A report from innovation foundation Nesta found the ­­U.K.'s artificial intelligence (AI) sector is suffering from a "serious gender diversity crisis," as only...
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