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Responsible Computing During COVID-19 and Beyond
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Responsible Computing During COVID-19 and Beyond

Navigating the ethical and societal impacts of technologies.

The Limits of Differential Privacy (and Its Misuse in Data Release and Machine Learning)
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The Limits of Differential Privacy (and Its Misuse in Data Release and Machine Learning)

Differential privacy is not a silver bullet for all privacy problems.

Google's AI Approach to Microchips Is Welcome—but Needs Care
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Google's AI Approach to Microchips Is Welcome—but Needs Care

Artificial intelligence can help the electronics industry to speed up chip design. But the gains must be shared equitably.

What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?
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What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

To understand what quantum computers can do—and what they can’t—avoid falling for overly simple explanations.

Self-Driving Cars Might Never Be Able to Drive Themselves
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Self-Driving Cars Might Never Be Able to Drive Themselves

Producing truly autonomous vehicles requires a fundamental shift in current approaches.

Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research
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Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research

Experiences discovering attempts to subvert the peer-review process.

Aversion to Versions
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Aversion to Versions

Code needs to run anywhere as long as the necessary dependencies can be resolved.

The Risks of Election Believability (or Lack Thereof)
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The Risks of Election Believability (or Lack Thereof)

With 90% of the 2020 U.S. general election ballot contents verifiable by paper, why do only 65% of voters trust the results?

Defining a Role for AI Ethics in National Security
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Defining a Role for AI Ethics in National Security

Mariarosaria Taddeo, an associate professor and senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Dstl Ethics Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, discusses...

Understanding the Differences Between Biological and Computer Vision
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Understanding the Differences Between Biological and Computer Vision

Harvard Medical University Professor Gabriel Kreiman provides an account of how humans and animals process visual data and how far techno come toward replicating...

Trustworthy Scientific Computing
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Trustworthy Scientific Computing

Addressing the trust issues underlying the current limits on data sharing.

Software Professionals, Malpractice Law, and Codes of Ethics
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Software Professionals, Malpractice Law, and Codes of Ethics

In pursuit of professional status for computing professionals.

Understanding Law and the Rule of Law
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Understanding Law and the Rule of Law: A Plea to Augment CS Curricula

Why law matters for computer scientists and other folk.

The 10 Best Practices for Remote Software Engineering
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The 10 Best Practices for Remote Software Engineering

Focusing on the human element of remote software engineer productivity.

Let's Be Honest
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Let's Be Honest

Seeking to rectify the two mutually exclusive ways of comparing computational power — encoding and simulation.

Tech in the Post-Pandemic World
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Tech in the Post-Pandemic World

Assessing its future, both the bad and the good.

Building a Multilingual Wikipedia
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Building a Multilingual Wikipedia

Seeking to develop a multilingual Wikipedia where content can be shared among language editions.

Roots of 'Program' Revisited
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Roots of 'Program' Revisited

Considering the fundamental nature and malleability of programming.

When Hackers Were Heroes
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When Hackers Were Heroes

The complex legacy of Steven Levy's obsessive programmers.

The Non-Psychopath's Guide to Managing an Open Source Project
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The Non-Psychopath's Guide to Managing an Open Source Project

Respect your staff, learn from others, and know when to let go.
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