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Collegiate CS Ethics Programs Emerging En Masse
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Collegiate CS Ethics Programs Emerging En Masse

Universities have created new engineering ethics programs, added concentrated subject-matter ethics programs, and made ethics course material available through...

Another Firing Among Google's A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord
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Another Firing Among Google's A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord

The researchers are considered a key to the company's future. But they have had a hard time shaking infighting and controversy over a variety of issues.

How Technocrats Triumphed at Apple
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How Technocrats Triumphed at Apple

The man who helped give the world candy-colored computers eventually walked out the door. What does that mean for the company's next big thing?

Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds
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Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds

Researhers claim copper telephone wire already deployed across Britain can carry data at rates three times higher than fiber-optic cable at much less cost, over...

Fort Worth Is First U.S. City to Mine Bitcoin
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Fort Worth Is First U.S. City to Mine Bitcoin

Fort Worth, TX, has become the first U.S. city to mine bitcoin, through a mining farm based at City Hall.

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected
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Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected

Even the head of the country's online offensive is surprised by the successes—although they're not without controversy.

Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'
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Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is starting a new office, the Disinformation Governance Board, that will focus on countering "misinformation" and "disinformation...

FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says
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FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says

Searches in national-security investigations came without warrants, could stoke privacy concerns in Congress.

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

U.K. Brownies to Learn Coding in Bid to Involve More Girls in Technology
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U.K. Brownies to Learn Coding in Bid to Involve More Girls in Technology

Brownies, the second-youngest section of Girlguiding (scouting) in the U.K. for girls aged 7–10, are learning to code, while Guides (ages 10-14) are working with...

Japanese Rail Company Rolls Out VR-Piloted Gundam Robot Worker
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Japanese Rail Company Rolls Out VR-Piloted Gundam Robot Worker

Several companies in Japan cooperated to create and deploy a humanoid heavy equipment maintenance robot that is directed through virtual reality (VR).

Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage
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Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage

Texas A&M University researchers demonstrated that unsupervised machine learning algorithms could analyze data from a geological carbon sequestration site to determine...

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Intel CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2024
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Intel CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2024

Semiconductor giant says quarterly sales fell amid sagging demand for lower-end laptops.

Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data
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Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data

Santiago Garces will start as CIO of the New England city in May, following top roles in open-data efforts in South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report
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Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report

Access Now noted the biggest offender was India, which shut down its Internet in sections of the country at least 106 times. This is the fourth consecutive year...

A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built
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A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built

The Czinger 21C is made with 3D printers. "If he's successful," an analyst said, "it will be an earthquake for the industry."

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.
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