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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance
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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
From Communications of the ACM

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
From ACM TechNews

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices
From ACM TechNews

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices

A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio enables Internet of Things devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power.

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
From ACM TechNews

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
From ACM TechNews

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

A prototype wearable device blocks microphones in the vicinity from eavesdropping on conversations.

Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant
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Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant

Tyson Foods will use computer vision to track chicken moving through its plants as part of a plan to invest more in automation and artificial intelligence in order...

Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives
From ACM TechNews

Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives

Washington University researchers converted grasshoppers into bomb-sniffing tools by implanting electrodes in the insects' antenna lobes to tap into the capabilities...

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
From ACM News

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content
From ACM TechNews

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the country's media regulator Ofcom new responsibilities for monitoring Internet content.

Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants' Move­ment, De­vel­op­ment
From ACM TechNews

Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants' Move­ment, De­vel­op­ment

Researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland have developed a smart jumpsuit that measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants.

Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias
From ACM News

Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias

More moderation associated with more hate speech and misinformation, not politics.

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020
From ACM TechNews

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020

A survey by recruitment firm Harvey Nash found half of 1,200 technology professionals in the U.K. would like to switch jobs in 2020, with salary and work-life balance...

Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet
From ACM TechNews

Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet

Researchers have developed a "smart" diaper equipped with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. 

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
From ACM TechNews

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

The End of Internet Freedom?
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The End of Internet Freedom?

Russia and other countries are turning to more stringent Internet controls that threaten the free flow of information.

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
From ACM TechNews

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).

Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters
From ACM TechNews

Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters

A Queen's University Belfast researcher developed a drone system that can warn of natural disasters, and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot should telecommunications be...

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over
From ACM TechNews

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Trucking companies are equipping drivers with wearable monitors that check for signs of fatigue, and notify them when it’s time to pull over and rest.
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