Any doubt that Russia has been running a strategically targeted disinformation campaign in the United States was erased on Wednesday, when Facebook revealed that...Politico Magazine From ACM Opinion | September 11, 2017
On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio.
The New Yorker From ACM Opinion | September 6, 2017
We the people have always been helplessly drawn to the concept of magic: the notion that you can will something to happen by wiggling your nose, speaking special...Scientific American From ACM Opinion | August 16, 2017
Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing their best...Wired From ACM Opinion | August 4, 2017
China's restrictive Internet policies are known for blocking Web users who want to reach Google, Facebook or other banned apps. But now some of those policies are...The Washington Post From ACM Opinion | August 1, 2017
The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the...Nature From ACM Opinion | July 14, 2017
Back in 1980, Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, starred in a public-television series called "Free to Choose," in which he presented his free...The New Yorker From ACM Opinion | July 12, 2017
Google and Facebook are household names around the world. Baidu? Not yet. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can...Technology Review From ACM Opinion | July 6, 2017
When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially...The Atlantic From ACM Opinion | June 27, 2017
Before the Internet, you would just sit in an armchair with a book open on your lap, staring into space or staring at a decorative broom on the wall—kind of shifting...The New Yorker From ACM Opinion | June 21, 2017
Artificial intelligence may be one of the technology world's current obsessions, but many people find it scary, envisioning robots taking over the world.
The Wall Street Journal From ACM Opinion | June 16, 2017
"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told...The New Yorker From ACM Opinion | June 5, 2017
In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...BloombergBusinessweek From ACM Opinion | May 4, 2017
In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...The Atlantic From ACM Opinion | May 1, 2017