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March 2012


From ACM Opinion

The Dark Side of Facebook

The Dark Side of Facebook

Your social networking pages are being policed by outsourced, unvetted moderators from third-world countries paid just $1 an hour.


From ACM News

Here's The Best (and Prettiest) Way To See Exactly How You're Being Tracked Online

Here's The Best (and Prettiest) Way To See Exactly How You're Being Tracked Online

Firefox-browser provider Mozilla has released an awesome new tool for seeing how you're being tracked on the Web.


From ACM TechNews

Stroustrup Reveals What's New in C++ 11

Stroustrup Reveals What's New in C++ 11

Texas A&M University professor Bjarne Stroustrup recently spoke with InfoWorld's Paul Krill about the past, present, and future of C++, which was recently upgraded via the C++ 11 release.


From ACM Opinion

Why Driverless Cars Will Increase Tensions in Cities and Suburbs Alike

Driverless cars sound less and less like science fiction with each passing month, and that's prompted widespread discussion about how they might change society.


From ACM Opinion

Https and Tor: Working Together to Protect Your Privacy and Security Online

This week EFF released a new version its HTTPS Everywhere extension for the Firefox browser and debuted a beta version of the extension for Chrome. EFF frequently recommends that Internet users who are concerned about protecting…


From ACM Opinion

Windows Without Windows

Windows Without Windows

Microsoft's new version of Windows is fantastic, jarring, and risky at the same time. Fantastic because it marks the clearest sign yet that Microsoft is embracing the future, shifting from the device that defined the company—the…


From Communications of the ACM

The Idea Idea

The Idea Idea

What if practices rather than ideas are the main source of innovation?


From Communications of the ACM

Training Users vs. Training Soldiers: Experiences from the Battlefield

Training Users vs. Training Soldiers

How military training methods can be applied to more effectively teach computer users.


From Communications of the ACM

The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces

The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces

Toward user-defined gestural interfaces.


From Communications of the ACM

Q&A: Chief Strategiest

Q&A: Chief Strategiest

ACM CEO John White talks about initiatives to serve the organization's professional members, increase international activities, and reform computer science education.


From Communications of the ACM

War 2.0: Cyberweapons and Ethics

War 2.0: Cyberweapons and Ethics

Considering the basic ethical questions that must be resolved in the new realm of cyberwarfare.


From Communications of the ACM

Do Software Copyrights Protect What Programs Do?

Do Software Copyrights Protect What Programs Do?

A case before the European Court of Justice has significant implications for innovation and competition in the software industry.

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