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February 2021


From ACM Opinion

Devavrat Shah on Curbing Online Misinformation

Devavrat Shah on Curbing Online Misinformation

MIT Professor Devavrat Shah shares his thoughts on human content moderation, recommendation algorithms, and diluting the spread of misinformation online.


From ACM Opinion

The Worldwide Web As We Know It May Be Ending

The Worldwide Web As We Know It May Be Ending

A combination of rising nationalism, trade disputes, and concerns about the market dominance of certain global tech companies has prompted threats of regulatory crackdowns all over the world.


From ACM Opinion

Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

The federal government should set minimum security standards for software and software development.


From ACM Opinion

I Talked to the Cassandra of the Internet Age

I Talked to the Cassandra of the Internet Age

The Internet rewired our brains. Michael Goldhaber predicted it would.


From ACM Opinion

America Must Renew Its Commitment to Scientific Inquiry

America Must Renew Its Commitment to Scientific Inquiry

If America is to retain its status as the world's innovation leader, the multi-decade decline in the federal government's commitment to scientific research must be reversed.


From ACM Careers

Learning Robotics Is Becoming Fundamental for Youth

Learning Robotics Is Becoming Fundamental for Youth

Given the inevitability of robots in our future, we should be doubling down on efforts to teach robotics to the next generation.


From Communications of the ACM

When Permissioned Blockchains Deliver More Decentralization Than Permissionless

When Permissioned Blockchains Deliver More Decentralization Than Permissionless

Considerations for the governance of distributed systems.


From Communications of the ACM

CAPE: A Framework for Assessing Equity throughout the Computer Science Education Ecosystem

CAPE

Examining both the leading indicators of equity in CS and the lagging indicators of student outcomes.


From Communications of the ACM

Kabin Fever

Kabin Fever

KV's guidelines for KFH (koding from home).


From Communications of the ACM

Cybersecurity: Is It Worse than We Think?

Cybersecurity

Evaluating actual implementations and practices versus stated goals.


From Communications of the ACM

Polanyi's Revenge and AI's New Romance with Tacit Knowledge

Polanyi's Revenge and AI's New Romance with Tacit Knowledge

Artificial intelligence systems need the wisdom to know when to take advice from us and when to learn from data.


From Communications of the ACM

Let's Not Dumb Down the History of Computer Science

Let's Not Dumb Down the History of Computer Science

Donald Knuth on the best way to recognize the history of computer science.

Blog at CACM
Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Graph Databases
Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Graph Databases
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SQL represents data stored in rows and tables, while high-growth NoSQL is data stores arranged via nested documents as columnar …

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines
The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines
04.08.2021

The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier …

Misnomer and Malgorithm
Misnomer and Malgorithm
03.27.2021

The algorithm should be respected; the malgorithm should be rejected.

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