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July 2021


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What Do Developers Want and Need from Secure Coding Training?

What Do Developers Want and Need from Secure Coding Training?

There is still confusion about the role developers play in software security


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Computational Sustainability Meets Materials Science

Computational Sustainability Meets Materials Science

Exploiting synergies between the disciplines advances both fields and can help establish a sustainable future.


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Big Tech Has Outgrown This Planet

Big Tech Has Outgrown This Planet

The gap keeps widening between the super-rich tech superstars and the merely super. There's one possible explanation.


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Biden's 'Antitrust Revolution' Overlooks AI—at Americans' Peril

Biden's 'Antitrust Revolution' Overlooks AI—at Americans' Peril

A handful of companies have outsize influence on the world's AI. Policymakers must act now to stem the rise of powerful monopolies.


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But Is the Code (Re)usable?

But Is the Code (Re)usable?

It is crucial to guarantee the reproducibility of reported results, but don't forget to make research artifacts reusable for the scientific community


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How to Create Successful Developer Products

How to Create Successful Developer Products

Interested in building software for developers? Follow these three design principles from Akita Software CEO Jean Yang.


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The Crackdown in China Is a Hot Mess, and It's Coming for Us

The Crackdown in China Is a Hot Mess, and It's Coming for Us

Recent moves by the Chinese government against tech companies represent a terrifying government action.


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Governing AI Safety through Independent Audits

Governing AI Safety through Independent Audits

Governance of highly automated systems is critical to garner widespread public trust


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Oh No…Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Build a Metaverse

Oh No…Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Build a Metaverse

The concept of a metaverse is intriguing, but I don't want Facebook to build it


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How Higher Ed Can Win at Tech Offense and Defense

How Higher Ed Can Win at Tech Offense and Defense

To live in a world that is enhanced rather than oppressed by technology, we need to change its culture from one of opportunism to one in the public interest


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Wait, There's Supposed to Be a Gadget Repair Market?

Wait, There's Supposed to Be a Gadget Repair Market?

A new FTC policy is a warning to companies that glue together smartphones so they can't be opened, charge exorbitant fees for replacement parts, or limit who can fix a device.


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Mark in the Metaverse

Mark in the Metaverse

Facebook's CEO on why the social network is becoming 'a metaverse company.'


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Artificial Intelligence and the Intelligence Community

Artificial Intelligence and the Intelligence Community

The intelligence community's budget and acquisition processes rise to the top of the issues it must address before it can take full advantage of AI


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Why 90% of Machine-Learning Models Never Hit the Market

Why 90% of Machine-Learning Models Never Hit the Market

Most companies lack leadership support, effective communication between teams, and accessible data


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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

New legislation could simplify tech maintenance and make buying a new smartphone or computer the last resort.


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Why Business and Academia Need Each Other for Better AI

Why Business and Academia Need Each Other for Better AI

The best way to accelerate innovation is through cooperation between academics and business.


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BBC Interviewer Found Himself on a Sticky Wicket With Google CEO

BBC Interviewer Found Himself on a Sticky Wicket With Google CEO

Amol Rajan's questioning failed to get behind the defenses of Sundar Pichai's 'nice guy' media image.


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With Internet Shutdowns, India Is Violating a 'Duty to Memory'

With Internet Shutdowns, India Is Violating a 'Duty to Memory'

The shutdowns, aimed at quelling unrest, undercut the nation's moral and ethical obligation to record history as it is.


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The Computer Scientist Training AI to Think With Analogies

The Computer Scientist Training AI to Think With Analogies

Digital minds will never truly be like ours until they can make analogies.


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The U.S. Needs to Get Back in the Business of Making Chips

The U.S. Needs to Get Back in the Business of Making Chips

Pandemic-induced supply disruptions and competition from China pressuring U.S. companies to manufacture semiconductors at home.


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Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of a Freelance JavaScript Developer

Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of a Freelance JavaScript Developer

Being a developer requires more than just being good at coding. Here's how one full-stack developer gets the job done.


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Improving Code Quality and Penetration Testing With DAST

Improving Code Quality and Penetration Testing With DAST

Dynamic application security testing can provide developers with meaningful feedback loops.


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Is the U.S. Labor Shortage the Big Break AI Needs?

Is the U.S. Labor Shortage the Big Break AI Needs?

Companies experiencing labor shortages should consider where AI can make their employees' lives better and easier.


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The Assault on Our Privacy Is Being Conducted in Private

The Assault on Our Privacy Is Being Conducted in Private

The rise of social media, Google, and online shopping and banking has made us far more exposed than back in the Internet’s infancy.


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The Importance of STEM Education Goes Beyond Building a Workforce

The Importance of STEM Education Goes Beyond Building a Workforce

STEM education researcher Cornelia Connolly speaks to the invaluable nature of computer science education, diversity, and equality.


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Everyone Should Decide How Their Digital Data Is Used—Not Just Tech Cos.

Everyone Should Decide How Their Digital Data Is Used—Not Just Tech Cos.

Smartphones, sensors, and consumer habits reveal much about society. Too few people have a say in how the data is created and used.


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FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter: Why Today's Data Privacy Approaches Don't Work

FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter: Why Today's Data Privacy Approaches Don't Work

The era of the Federal Trade Commission being dismissed as having some bark and little bite appears to be over.


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We Need Remote Work for Everyone

We Need Remote Work for Everyone

The ability to work online shouldn't be a nice-to-have for a select few, but an option for all.


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Why Machine Learning Can't Understand Human Language

Why Machine Learning Can't Understand Human Language

While larger deep neural networks can incrementally improveme specific tasks, they aren't fit for general natural language understanding.


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Kubernetes Magic Is in Enterprise Standardization, Not App Portability

Kubernetes Magic Is in Enterprise Standardization, Not App Portability

Kubernetes isn't going to magically make your applications portable, but it just might give you something even better.

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