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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later
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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later

You've likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act to strengthen the cybersecurity of Internet-connected...

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks
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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 pandemic are being targeted by ransomware, as hackers threaten to post sensitive student information online....

Apple to Pay $113 Million to Settle State Investigation into iPhone 'Batterygate'
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Apple to Pay $113 Million to Settle State Investigation into iPhone 'Batterygate'

Investigators from 34 states and the District of Columbia, including Democratic and Republican attorneys general, joined the settlement.

1 in 5 Consumers Has Avoided Buying a Brand Over Its Data Practices
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1 in 5 Consumers Has Avoided Buying a Brand Over Its Data Practices

Survey finds widespread skepticism over how companies collect and use personal data.

Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind
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Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind

Social ties to classmates and how students feel could be more important than innate ability when it comes to enduring early STEM courses.

 Future Series: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology and Systemic Risk
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Future Series: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology and Systemic Risk

Unless action is taken now, by 2025 next generation technology, on which the world will increasingly rely, has the potential to overwhelm the defences of the global...

AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment
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AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment

Some technology experts believe using artificial intelligence to gauge voter sentiment could help to better understand the electorate.

Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers
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Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers

Online retailers have taken steps during the pandemic to improve their search and recommendation engines by building predictive models with high levels of accuracy...

Spoofing the Spoofers
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Spoofing the Spoofers

Security deception software gets an upgrade.

AI News Bias Tool Created by USC Computer Scientists
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AI News Bias Tool Created by USC Computer Scientists

University of Southern California computer scientists have developed an artificial intelligence tool to automatically detect bias in news.

Tricking Fake News Detectors With Malicious User Comments
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Tricking Fake News Detectors With Malicious User Comments

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated how fake news detectors can be manipulated through user comments.

'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results
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'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

U.S. election officials used voting machines and other devices linked to the "sneakernet" to process results from Tuesday's elections.

Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms
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Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

A new model can track the movement of the shoulders and arms of a person typing during a video call to determine what they are typing.

Regulation of AI Remains Elusive
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Regulation of AI Remains Elusive

The U.S. and EU are considering regulations on artificial intelligence, but none have been implemented...yet.

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe
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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers...

Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid
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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations
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Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations

Computer scientists have created a database that aims to predict the likelihood of cyberattacks between nations.

Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike
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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.
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