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October 2018


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Blockchains Won't Fix Internet Voting Security, and Could Make It Worse

Blockchains Won't Fix Internet Voting Security, and Could Make It Worse

Looking to modernize voting practices, speed waiting times at the pollsincrease voter turnout and generally make voting more convenient, many government officials—and some companies hawking voting systems—are looking to an …


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Evolution Is at Work in Computers as well as Life Sciences

Evolution Is at Work in Computers as well as Life Sciences

Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature.


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Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming

Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming


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There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's Won't Necessarily Be the Best.

There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's Won't Necessarily Be the Best.

In September, Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman, said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the internet would most likely be split in two—one internet led by China and one internet led by the United…


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You're Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics' Robots

You're Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics' Robots

At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco Sunday evening, Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot got onstage and did what no other quadruped robot has done before: It danced the running man like it was born to.


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Jeff Hawkins Is Finally Ready to Explain His Brain Research

Jeff Hawkins Is Finally Ready to Explain His Brain Research


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Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 US Presidential Election

Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 US Presidential Election

Late in 2016, then-US President Barack Obama mused in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he had probably been elected because his campaign had begun before the old media order collapsed.


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A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.


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Editing the Internet's Second Screen

Editing the Internet's Second Screen

The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn't seemed to leave it much cleaner.


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How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out

How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out

The data was like nothing Margaret Kivelson and her team of physicists ever expected.


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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.


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Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?

Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?

Microsoft is currently running an interesting set of hardware experiments.


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Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet?


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This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds

This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds

According to Bloomberg Businessweekspies in China managed to insert chips into computer systems that would allow external control of those systems.


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Behind the Scenes of Japan's Daring Asteroid Mission

Behind the Scenes of Japan's Daring Asteroid Mission

As Japan lands a third probe on Ryugu asteroid, Nature looks at the Hayabusa2 mission in more detail.


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Clicks, Lies and Videotape

Clicks, Lies and Videotape

This past April a new video of Barack Obama surfaced on the Internet. Against a backdrop that included both the American and presidential flags, it looked like many of his previous speeches.


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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to artificial intelligence, comparing the story's vision of the future…


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Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Since the advent of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use disinformation to manipulate public opinion.


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Why We're Training the Next Generation of Lawyers in Big Data

Why We're Training the Next Generation of Lawyers in Big Data

Artificial intelligence is transforming the traditional delivery of legal services.


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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

Despite the ubiquity of computers in modern society, the vast majority of today's students never study computer science or computer programming.


From Communications of the ACM

The Business of Quantum Computing

The Business of Quantum Computing

Considering the similarities of quantum computing development to the early years of conventional computing.


From Communications of the ACM

A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework

A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework

A proposal for teaching the organizational, legal, and international aspects of cybersecurity.


From Communications of the ACM

The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code

The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code

Teach your junior programmers how to read code.


From Communications of the ACM

Building the Universal Archive of Source Code

Building the Universal Archive of Source Code

A global collaborative project for the benefit of all.


From Communications of the ACM

Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?

Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?

Assessing whether newcomers have a more difficult time achieving paper acceptance at established conferences.

Blog at CACM
What Children Want to Know About Computers
What Children Want to Know About Computers
10.19.2018

Does a super computer have a really big chip in it? Would we be more or less clever if computers …

Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local
Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local
10.17.2018

In the U.S., a shift in who pays to prepare computer science (CS) teachers.

Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved
Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved
10.15.2018

Regarding the discovery of new documents about the H.W. Egli AG (Zurich) company in the Museum für Kommunikation, Berne, Switzerland.

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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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