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The Wikipedia Gender Gap
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The Wikipedia Gender Gap

Wikipedia, one of the most successful online communities in history, struggles to attract and retain female editors.

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments
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HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside Hardware Security Modules .

UTSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time
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UTSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time

Researchers have developed what they’re calling the first quantifiable cyber agility framework for scoring hackers and cybersecurity defenders over time.

How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens
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How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens

Deloitte and other sources say China is home to about half the approximately 1,000 smart cities currently under development worldwide.

How Tech Needs to Change for Coders with Disabilities
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How Tech Needs to Change for Coders with Disabilities

Programmers with disabilities continue to face serious accessibility issues.

Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection
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Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection

Researchers have identified a malware technique designed to evade detection via individualized keystroke characteristics.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Driverless Congestion
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Driverless Congestion

A simulation of Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrated that driverless taxis would not replace personal transportation in cities, as long as private autonomous vehicles...

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset
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Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset

Microsoft has deleted its MS Celeb dataset from the Internet.

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics
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Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics

Ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence developers, said Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.

Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State
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Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State

A Florida election software company targeted by Russians in 2016 inadvertently opened a potential pathway for hackers to tamper with voter records in North Carolina...

Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds
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Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds

A researcher found a zero-day vulnerability in a central Apple macOS safeguard, allowing apps or malware to circumvent permissions and access a user's private data...

Keeping Algorithms Fair
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Keeping Algorithms Fair

It's easier to de-bias algorithms than it is to de-bias people.

Vulnerability of Cloud Service Hardware Uncovered
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Vulnerability of Cloud Service Hardware Uncovered

Researchers have found that field programmable gate arrays have vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber criminals.

Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda
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Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda

Researchers have modified a neural network to create a natural language processing algorithm that generates, as well as detects, convincing fake articles.

Microsoft Warns Users to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear
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Microsoft Warns Users to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear

Microsoft has published an advisory calling on users to install a patch for a "wormable" vulnerability that could be exploited to launch attacks similar to WannaCry...

Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game
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Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Researchers can use the same covert channels hackers have taken advantage of to protect a vehicle's control systems.

Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices
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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears
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New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears

The Lockport, NY, city school district launch of a facial recognition system has resulted in some pushback from privacy advocates.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.
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