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Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls
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Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls

Some are concerned about the increased use of digital strategies by authoritarian regimes worldwide to undermine human rights and facilitate mass surveillance. ...

Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality
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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.

Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap
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Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Cybersecurity analysts are in great demand thanks to the surge in remote work due to the pandemic; hiring more women can help narrow the talent gap.

Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us
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Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us

Ordinary online users are being conscripted by Silicon Valley technology companies to produce three-dimensional digital maps of the world.

NHS Signs Up for Tim Berners-Lee Pilot to Reinvent Web
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NHS Signs Up for Tim Berners-Lee Pilot to Reinvent Web

The U.K.'s National Health Service is among more than a dozen partners that have signed up for a pilot program of Tim Berners-Lee's new company to promote a new...

Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19
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Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19

Heavy investment in robots helped many Japanese businesses manage an increase in online orders during the pandemic.

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming
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High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming

New technologies aim to make it easier to determine whether companies are honoring their commitments regarding responsible land use, emissions reductions, and human...

Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming
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Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming

The U.K. Ministry of Defence is looking to fast-track new virtual reality technology from software developer Improbable that would create a digital "twin" of the...

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
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Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
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Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers
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Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers

Leading researchers have proposed a system of financially rewarding users to spot bias in algorithms.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus
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China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus

Researchers said Chinese social media platforms censored keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak as early as December, potentially limiting the Chinese public's...
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