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Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives
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Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world.

Weaponized Information Seeks a New Target in Cyberspace: Users' Minds
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Weaponized Information Seeks a New Target in Cyberspace: Users' Minds

The Russian attacks on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the country's continuing election-related hacking have happened across all three dimensions of cyberspace—physical...

Supreme Court Struggles to Define 'Searches' as Technology Changes
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Supreme Court Struggles to Define 'Searches' as Technology Changes

What the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means when it protects citizens against an unreasonable search by government agents isn't entirely clear.

Microprocessor Designers Realize Security Must Be a Primary Concern
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Microprocessor Designers Realize Security Must Be a Primary Concern

Computers' amazing abilities to entertain people, help them work, and even respond to voice commands are, at their heart, the results of decades of technological...

Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism
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Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism

Supporters of the Islamic State, or ISIS, around the world gather online, becoming members of virtual communities in much the same way any of us might join online...

Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally
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Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally

Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world.

Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities
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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching.

What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?
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What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?

As automated and autonomous vehicles become more common on U.S. roads, it's worth a look at what these machines can—and can't—do.

Nazis Pressed Ham Radio Hobbyists to Serve the Third Reich, but Surviving Came at a Price
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Nazis Pressed Ham Radio Hobbyists to Serve the Third Reich, but Surviving Came at a Price

When people have free and unfettered choices of activities, they both entertain and express themselves through their pastimes—whether stamp or coin collecting,...

It's Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It
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It's Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It

Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn't. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes.

How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It
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How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked...

Ready Player One: We Are Surprisingly Close to Realizing Just Such a VR Dystopia
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Ready Player One: We Are Surprisingly Close to Realizing Just Such a VR Dystopia

I was fortunate enough to catch a preview screening of Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel.

Cambridge Analytica Scandal: Legitimate Researchers ­sing Facebook Data Could Be Collateral Damage
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Cambridge Analytica Scandal: Legitimate Researchers ­sing Facebook Data Could Be Collateral Damage

The scandal that has erupted around Cambridge Analytica's alleged harvesting of 50m Facebook profiles assembled from data provided by a UK-based academic and his...

­sing Blockchain to Secure the 'Internet of Things'
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­sing Blockchain to Secure the 'Internet of Things'

The world is full of connected devices—and more are coming. In 2017, there were an estimated 8.4 billion internet-enabled thermostats, cameras, streetlights and...

Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 
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Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published "Frankenstein" in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and relevant—especially for scientists...

Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to
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Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers' digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts—including...

Steam Not Stem: Why Scientists Need Arts training
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Steam Not Stem: Why Scientists Need Arts training

From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training...

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond
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Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.

Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own creations?
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Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own creations?

Intellectual property may be the legal term for creations, including literary or artistic, but there is something inherently human about it as well. 

Real Security Requires Strong Encryption–even If Investigators Get Blocked
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Real Security Requires Strong Encryption–even If Investigators Get Blocked

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have been fighting against easy, widespread public access to encryption technologies for 25 years.
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