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August 2016


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How One Journalist ­ses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of Isis

How One Journalist ­ses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of Isis

Rukmini Callimachi is arguably the best reporter on the most impor­tant beat in the world. As a New York Times correspondent covering terrorism, her work explores not just what jihadists do but how they do it.

 


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Nsa Director Rogers on DNC Hacking, Cyberwarfare and Isis

Nsa Director Rogers on DNC Hacking, Cyberwarfare and Isis

When it comes to warfare—the weapons, the budgets, the personnel—America is king. But the United States has not yet conquered cyberwarfare.


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The Lessons of the DNC Hack

The Lessons of the DNC Hack

Just days after Robert Gates became secretary of defense in December 2006, in the middle of George W. Bush’s second term, he found himself so stunned by the volume of attempted cyberattacks against the U.S. military’s computer…


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Make Algorithms Accountable

Make Algorithms Accountable

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives.


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CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger

CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger

When he started at the CIA, Sean Roche recalls how little solid data the U.S. spy agency had on what was going on inside the Kremlin.


From Communications of the ACM

Computer Security Is Broken: Can Better Hardware Help Fix It?

Computer Security Is Broken

Computer security problems have far exceeded the limits of the human brain. What can we do about it?


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From Computational Thinking to Computational Participation in K-12 Education

From Computational Thinking to Computational Participation in K-12 Education

Seeking to reframe computational thinking as computational participation.


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Chilling the Messenger

Chilling the Messenger

Keeping ego out of software-design review.


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Teamwork in Computing Research

Teamwork in Computing Research

Considering the benefits and downsides of collaborative research.

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