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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study
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Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the German government is too dependent on the software of just a few software providers.

The CS Teacher Shortage
From Communications of the ACM

The CS Teacher Shortage

How can we fill more computer science classrooms when there just aren't enough teachers to go around?

Protecting Industrial Control Systems
From Communications of the ACM

Protecting Industrial Control Systems

Finding, and plugging, the security holes in SCADA.

A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp
From ACM TechNews

A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp

A new dynamic gripper mimics the adjustable grip of the human hand, a breakthrough that could improve industrial safety.

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.

ACM Forms Global Technology Policy Council
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ACM Forms Global Technology Policy Council

ACM has established a new Technology Policy Council to coordinate its policy initiatives worldwide.

These States Benefit Most From the Software Industry
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These States Benefit Most From the Software Industry

A report by the Software.org:BSA Foundation found that the U.S. software industry is growing twice as fast as the nation's economy.

Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety
From ACM TechNews

Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety

Cyberattacks pose a rising threat to food production and safety, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Institute...

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award
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Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Mark Braverman is the third theoretical scientist in a decade to be honored with the Waterman Award.

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City
From ACM TechNews

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.

Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy
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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with...

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
From ACM News

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow
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2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow

A TechRepublic Premium survey found that information technology budgets plans for 2020 continue to grow year over year.

Making AI Systems Fairer Will Require Time, Guidelines
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Making AI Systems Fairer Will Require Time, Guidelines

Director Christoph Lütge on the new Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich.

British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows
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British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows

Researchers at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Center in the U.K. are testing next-generation 5G mobile technology aimed at helping make dairy...

AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings
From ACM TechNews

AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings

Artificial intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive devices into active observers that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and guns....

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

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...

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now
From ACM TechNews

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now

More than 140,000 advertisements for IT jobs were listed in the U.K. in the second quarter of this year, 13% fewer than were listed in the first quarter

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
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Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...
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