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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
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Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks
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Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 
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Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation
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Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation

Social media companies are struggling to contain new forms of political misinformation on their platforms that bubbled up during this year's midterm elections. ...

Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption
From ACM TechNews

Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption

Researchers have found vulnerabilities in some solid-state drives that allow hackers to circumvent encryption and access local data without knowing the password...

Intel CPUs Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability
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Intel CPUs Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability

Researchers discovered a new vulnerability in Intel processors that can allow attackers to leak encrypted data from the internal process of a central processing...

Amazon Go Has a Real Rival in Japan
From ACM TechNews

Amazon Go Has a Real Rival in Japan

A company in Japan has developed an automated system that could rival Amazon Go in terms of quickly providing consumers with products.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
From ACM TechNews

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Researchers have developed a technique to see through walls using ambient Wi-Fi signals and an ordinary smartphone.

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges
From ACM News

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges

Discussion topics included counterterrorism, data breaches, and surveillance.

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall
From ACM News

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall

If you're planning on moving to China anytime soon, here's a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account.

In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?
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In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?

In 2011, Hany Farid, a photo-forensics expert, received an e-mail from a bereaved father.

Stanford Researchers Develop New Data Privacy Technique
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Stanford Researchers Develop New Data Privacy Technique

A new system for aggregating data usage reports emphasizes maintaining personal privacy.

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk
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Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them,...

Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed
From ACM TechNews

Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted a permit to Waymo to test fully autonomous cars with no human driver on public roads.

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says
From ACM TechNews

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not sufficiently protecting medical devices from being hacked, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters
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Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies...

The New Face of Law Enforcement
From ACM News

The New Face of Law Enforcement

Facial recognition and augmented reality are changing the way law enforcement agencies investigate crime, but there are important privacy issues to consider.

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.
From ACM TechNews

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.

Researchers have developed a visual analytics tool that dramatically speeds up forensic email investigations and highlights critical links within email data.
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