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Fixing the Internet
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Fixing the Internet

Internet security was once based on trust and needs to be updated.

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
From ACM News

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires
From ACM TechNews

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the...

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces
From ACM News

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers warn of the potential social, ethical, and legal consequences of technologies interacting heavily with human brains.

'Hubble Is Back!'
From ACM News

'Hubble Is Back!'

Famed space telescope has a new lease on life after computer swap appears to fix glitch.

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks
From ACM News

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

This is the first time Washington and other U.S. allies have assigned blame for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which compromised more than 100,000 servers worldwide...

Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record
From ACM TechNews

Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record

Japanese engineers have broken the world Internet speed record with a 319 TB per second data transmission rate across more than 3,001 kilometers of fiber-optic...

Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data
From ACM TechNews

Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data

Researchers have developed a chatbot that can help designers and developers create new apps, and explain apps to end-users.

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night
From ACM TechNews

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games.

Concern Trolls and Power Grabs: Inside Big Tech’s Angry, Geeky, Often Petty War for your Privacy
From ACM News

Concern Trolls and Power Grabs: Inside Big Tech’s Angry, Geeky, Often Petty War for your Privacy

Inside the World Wide Web Consortium, where the world's top engineers battle over the future of your data.

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find
From ACM TechNews

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find

A new study suggests Amazon's recommendation that users factory reset their Internet of Things devices to erase personal information before reselling them may not...

Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?
From ACM News

Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?

Here are the reasons why we're not.

Inside Facebook's Data Wars
From ACM News

Inside Facebook's Data Wars

Executives at the social network have clashed over CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data tool that revealed users' high engagement levels with right-wing media sources...

Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak
From ACM News

Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak

In a once unimagined accomplishment, electrodes implanted in the man's brain transmit signals to a computer that displays his words.

The New Form of Currency
From ACM News

The New Form of Currency

Central bank digital currencies hold the promise—and peril—of changing money as we know it.

Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?
From ACM News

Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?

"It's actually crazy how outdated it is." People born after AOL Mail was invented seem to prefer to communicate in almost any other way.

Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws
From ACM TechNews

Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have threatened to halt service to Hong Kong if the city's government revises its data protection laws to make the companies liable...

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'
From ACM News

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'

Overpromising and underdelivering.

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
From ACM TechNews

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...

Engineering Additional Creativity
From ACM News

Engineering Additional Creativity

Can artificial intelligence augment human creativity in writing?
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