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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.


The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality
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The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality

Where the war over net neutrality stands, and why it (sort of) matters today.

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law
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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge's ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters
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A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent, and block social media.

AI Can Help Reduce the Risk of HIV in High-Risk Communities
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AI Can Help Reduce the Risk of HIV in High-Risk Communities

A new artificial intelligence system can help lower the risk of human immunodeficiency virus transmission in high-risk communities.

In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed
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In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed

First-time buyers have the tech-smarts and now the tools to do all or part of their purchase online, sometimes even before seeing their new houses in person.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
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The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
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Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee
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Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee

A new blockchain platform named Lygon, formed by Australian banks ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Westpac, IBM, and shopping center company Scentre...

'Multiplying' Light Could Be Key to Ultra-Powerful Optical Computers
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'Multiplying' Light Could Be Key to Ultra-Powerful Optical Computers

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have proposed a new optical computing method for solving higher-order...

Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs
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Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs

BleepingComputer has identified a new targeted phishing campaign in which emails pretending to be company invoices use Morse code in an attachment to hide malicious...

Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits
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Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits

University of Southern California researchers have demonstrated uniform emission of single photons from quantum dots arranged in a precise configuration.

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense
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Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense

A team of researchers has developed an adaptive cyber defense against zero-day attacks using machine learning.

U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks
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U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks

Third-party data breaches also make users more attractive targets for cyberattacks.

'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks
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'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks

A study by researchers at Binghamton and Boston universities indicates most zoombombing attacks are caused by legitimate attendees.

Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News
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Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News

Researchers used machine learning to develop a method for identifying fake news even when such reports are repeatedly adapted.
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