Sign In

Communications of the ACM

News Archive


Archives

The news archive provides access to past news stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

March 2019


From ACM TechNews

Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap

Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap

Finance departments across the country think new technology will close efficiency gaps created by budget and staff cuts spurred by the next economic slowdown.


From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks

Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks

Researchers have demonstrated a solution for securing future critical communications infrastructure, including emerging 5G networks.


From ACM TechNews

University of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat

University of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat

A voice-controlled robot can feed pieces of fruit to humans on command.


From ACM TechNews

DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber

DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber

Researchers have analyzed how different recommendation algorithms can accelerate or decelerate filter bubbles and echo chambers online.


From ACM News

China Is Catching Up to the US in A.I. Research, Fast

China Is Catching Up to the US in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from twin cameras collected under varied conditions, such as sunny and…


From ACM News

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might not share as much intelligence with the German government as they…


From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity System Offers Protection Against Hacking, Censorship

Cybersecurity System Offers Protection Against Hacking, Censorship

Researchers have developed a  cybersecurity system that sets a new standard in the fight to protect users from malicious online attacks.


From ACM TechNews

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.


From ACM TechNews

Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live

Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live

Venture-backed startups have been dispatching cooler-sized robots in cities around the U.S. to deliver food and groceries to customers' doorsteps.


From ACM TechNews

Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size Up Buying Habits

Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size Up Buying Habits

Chicago-based Cooler Screens has developed a facial-profiling system that tries to guess what consumers will buy next based on how they appear in front of a refrigerated case.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System

Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System

An international research team warned of a critical backdoor flaw in Switzerland's new Internet voting system.


From ACM TechNews

Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security

Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security

Researchers have found that developers tend to write code that stores user passwords in an unsafe manner, because that is easier than creating a more secure product.


From ACM Careers

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive University Research Projects

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive University Research Projects

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic research projects.


From ACM News

The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?

The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, on his invention of the World Wide Web in 1989.


From ACM News

Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups

Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups

The potential end to a controversial National Security Agency phone records collection program is energizing privacy groups and lawmakers who have long called for stricter limits on domestic surveillance powers.


From ACM News

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect initial signs of multiple sclerosis.


From ACM News

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data zips from New York to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London, in the time…


From ACM TechNews

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data

Poor-quality customer and business data may be keeping companies from leveraging digital tools to reduce costs, increase revenue, and stay competitive.


From ACM TechNews

An All-in-One Cyber Toolkit for Criminal Investigations

An All-in-One Cyber Toolkit for Criminal Investigations

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an all-in-one platform to help investigators solve cybersecurity crimes.


From ACM TechNews

Ultra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable

Ultra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable

A new ultra-low power hybrid chip inspired by the human brain could help small robots collaborate and learn from their experiences.


From ACM Opinion

Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed…


From ACM News

The World Needs Big Data

The World Needs Big Data

Big data can support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


From ACM News

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with the consequences on society.


From ACM TechNews

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, is working with Google artificial intelligence scientists to automate the identification of diabetic retinopathy.


From ACM TechNews

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job

Employers across a spectrum of industries are welcoming applicants with experience in making or playing videogames.


From ACM TechNews

Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones

Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that state-of-the-art object-detection systems are better at detecting people with lighter skin tones.


From ACM TechNews

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The U.S. National Security Agency has chosen to open source the cybersecurity tool Ghidra, a reverse-engineering platform that takes "compiled" software and "decompiles" it.


From ACM TechNews

Technology Brings Rugged Iditarod Race to Global Audience

Technology Brings Rugged Iditarod Race to Global Audience

Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race uses technology so organizers and fans worldwide can monitor the race in real time.


From ACM TechNews

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

Japanese startup Vaak has developed artificial intelligence software that looks for potential shoplifters on video surveillance footage.


From ACM News

'Brilliant' Man Who Was An Inventor of the Calculator Dies

'Brilliant' Man Who Was An Inventor of the Calculator Dies

Jerry Merryman was one of the three men credited with inventing the handheld calculator while working at Dallas-based Texas Instruments.