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The classroom looked like a call center.
Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.
Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.
James H. Simons likes to play against type.
Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.
Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?
You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
Should we worry that technology companies can secretly influence our emotions?
Revelations by Edward Snowden about U.S. surveillance continue to shake Germany more than one year after he came forward as a National Security Agency whistleblower.
A few days before Halloween in 1961, a young astronomer was mulling over a fairly serious problem.
Facebook's massive psychological experiment involving almost 700,000 unwitting users has attracted plenty of attention and outrage, but it's far from the only time the company has used its enormous data set to conduct social…
Considering the opportunities and challenges for commercial firms involved with government business process outsourcing.
Effective teaching practices for broadening participation in computer science.
Professional organizations should be in the forefront of the ongoing discussion about licensing professional software engineers.
Broadening the conversation about scholars and scholarship in computing and information research.
The ABC vs. Aereo case has potentially far-reaching consequences.
Teaching computing ethics in a manner that allows students to address both abstract ethical knowledge and actual ethical practice.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.