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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray
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From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray

Art historians are starting to utilize machine learning to provide empirical support for theories previously limited to the subjective eye of the beholders.

Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe Has a Message for CS grads—and the Tech Industry
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Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe Has a Message for CS grads—and the Tech Industry

Klawe made diversity her top priority when she took the helm at Harvey Mudd College 13 years ago.

Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood
From ACM TechNews

Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood

The Yaba neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, is a growing technology hub hosting more than 60 startups, digital laboratories, and the Yaba College of Technology.

Tech Skills Shortages are Increasing Every Year, and Large Corporates are Worst Affected
From ACM News

Tech Skills Shortages are Increasing Every Year, and Large Corporates are Worst Affected

Every year, the IT skills shortage worsens, warns Harvey Nash CEO Albert Ellis, with the fields of big data, security and AI most acutely affected.

Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them
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Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them

Employer branding specialist Universum has released its annual rankings of the most attractive employers in the U.S. for 2019.

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Coding Curriculum in a Box
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Coding Curriculum in a Box

CodePath.org, a nonprofit boot camp, offers ready-made, industry-approved coding courses to colleges and trains students to teach them for credit.

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship
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Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield,...

Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

Businesses, Universities Team Up on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, Universities Team Up on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

Ethics in Technology Jobs
From Communications of the ACM

Ethics in Technology Jobs

Employees are increasingly challenging technology companies on their ethical choices.

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
From ACM TechNews

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

There are many U.S. cybersecurity job openings, and a shortfall of qualified professionals is prompting employers to look outside traditional pipelines to find...

When Computer Science Majors Take Improv
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When Computer Science Majors Take Improv

Northeastern University computer science majors are required to take a class in theater and improvisation, where they practice exercises to cultivate empathy, creativity...

Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Undergraduate Interest In Computer Science
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Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Undergraduate Interest In Computer Science

Researchers have shown that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes significantly increases interest in computer science among both male and female undergraduate...

Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses
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Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses

A recent Coinbase study found that 42% of the top 50 universities worldwide now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing
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Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing

The Gender Balance in Computing initiative will use a "range of tailored interventions" to encourage more young women to enter science, technology, engineering,...

Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution
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Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution

Jennifer Rexford, Class of 1991 and chair of Princeton's computer science department, discusses the computational whirlwind that has transformed almost every walk...
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