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June 2019


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­nder Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

­nder Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

The U.S. government is not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.


From ACM Opinion

Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change

Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change

An international team of 22 big name AI researchers have laid out a road map suggesting how machine learning can help save the planet and humanity from imminent peril.


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Where Are All the Working Mothers in STEM?

Where Are All the Working Mothers in STEM?

Parenthood is a key driver of gender imbalance in STEM. Almost half of all women in full-time science jobs leave or go part-time after the birth of their first child. This is twice the number of men.


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Facebook's Calibra Is A Secret Weapon for Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency

Facebook's Calibra Is A Secret Weapon for Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency

Facebook's announcement of a new cryptocurrency, Libra, and the nonprofit association that will oversee it raises questions about the future of global banking and Facebook's role in it.


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Love It or Hate It, Java Continues to Evolve

Love It or Hate It, Java Continues to Evolve

A recent article about languages that developers love and those that they hate reported that Java was the third most loved language as well as the second most hated.


From ACM Opinion

Software Below the Poverty Line

Software Below the Poverty Line

The majority of open-source projects that we usually consider sustainable are actually receiving income below industry standards or even below the poverty threshold.


From Communications of the ACM

Global Data Justice

Global Data Justice

A new research challenge for computer science.


From Communications of the ACM

Through Computer Architecture, Darkly

Through Computer Architecture, Darkly

Total-system hardware and microarchitectural issues are becoming increasingly critical.


From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency

An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency

Many risks of catastrophic failures of critical infrastructures can be significantly reduced by relatively simple measures to increase resiliency.


From Communications of the ACM

Personal Data and the Internet of Things

Personal Data and the Internet of Things

It is time to care about digital provenance.

Blog at CACM
The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
08.19.2019

We, as developers of such systems, need to take some conscious decisions to make sure we do not usher in …

We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
08.13.2019

We know how to make multi-lingual pseudocode-based assessments, not language-independent assessments.

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
08.01.2019

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton …

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