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July 2014


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Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?

Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?

The classroom looked like a call center.


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The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.


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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research

Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.


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Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

James H. Simons likes to play against type.


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Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.


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Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?


From ACM Careers

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

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.


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7 Things You Should Know About Tor

7 Things You Should Know About Tor

We posted last week about the Tor Challenge and why everyone should use Tor.


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Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?

Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?

Should we worry that technology companies can secretly influence our emotions?


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Snowden Asylum in Germany?

Snowden Asylum in Germany?

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.


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How My Dad's Equation Sparked the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

How My Dad's Equation Sparked the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

A few days before Halloween in 1961, a young astronomer was mulling over a fairly serious problem.


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Studying Your ­sers: Facebook's Greatest Hits

Studying Your ­sers: Facebook's Greatest Hits

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…


From Communications of the ACM

The Business of the State

The Business of the State

Considering the opportunities and challenges for commercial firms involved with government business process outsourcing.


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That Classroom 'Magic'

That Classroom 'Magic'

Effective teaching practices for broadening participation in computer science.


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Licensing Professional Software Engineers: Seize the Opportunity

Licensing Professional Software Engineers

Professional organizations should be in the forefront of the ongoing discussion about licensing professional software engineers.


From Communications of the ACM

Structural Challenges and the Need to Adapt

Structural Challenges and the Need to Adapt

Broadening the conversation about scholars and scholarship in computing and information research.


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Watching TV on Internet-Connected Devices

Watching TV on Internet-Connected Devices

The ABC vs. Aereo case has potentially far-reaching consequences.


From Communications of the ACM

Toward a Pedagogy of Ethical Practice

Toward a Pedagogy of Ethical Practice

Teaching computing ethics in a manner that allows students to address both abstract ethical knowledge and actual ethical practice.

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