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In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Microsoft, a case that many observers believe could have significant ramifications for how cloud computing and other technology companies interact with the…
It is not unusual for tech companies to spar with law enforcement over access to customer data. Most cases, however, do not go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is where Microsoft found itself Tuesday.
When we look at a stack of blocks or a stack of Oreos, we intuitively have a sense of how stable it is, whether it might fall over, and in what direction it may fall.
Can there be an Internet of durable goods?
Considering the longer-term implications of a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case.
Taking stock of progress toward a computing profession since this column started in 2001.
High-level guidelines for the treatment of crowdworkers.
A look in the rearview mirror at Volkswagon software engineering.
A call for discussion of governmental investment and intervention in support of cybersecurity.
The important intersection of computer science and social science.
Scientists consider the limits of ethics in the realm of artificial intelligence, and how to mitigate its biases.
Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop
Why it is good to have a systematic approach to software verification.
Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them …
A multi-institutional collaboration has demonstrated a "surfing attack" that uses …
Researchers have developed new molecular virus simulations to help fight …