acm-header
Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Recent Articles


Articles Interviews Vardi's Insights Opinion Archive Refine your search:
subjectPersonal Computing
authorThe New York Times

It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN
From ACM Opinion

It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

Many services meant to protect your Web browsing can no longer be trusted

Amazon Should Invent With Care
From ACM Opinion

Amazon Should Invent With Care

Amazon's spirit of invention is refreshing, but technologists must think through the consequences.

Apple and Facebook Are Coming for Your Face Next
From ACM Opinion

Apple and Facebook Are Coming for Your Face Next

The face computer is coming—brace yourself

A Thumbs Down for Streaming Privacy
From ACM Opinion

A Thumbs Down for Streaming Privacy

The streaming apps and devices we pay for aren't necessarily careful with our personal information.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
From ACM Opinion

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

The mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth

The Assault on Our Privacy Is Being Conducted in Private
From ACM Opinion

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.

We Need Remote Work for Everyone
From ACM Opinion

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.

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent
From ACM Opinion

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and...

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing
From ACM Opinion

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Personal technology was so awful this year that nobody would think you were paranoid if you dug a hole and buried your computer, phone and smart speaker under six...

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s
From ACM Opinion

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

In the fall of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson's administration announced a plan to consolidate hundreds of federal databases into one centralized National Data...

The New Radicalization of the Internet
From ACM Opinion

The New Radicalization of the Internet

Social media has played a key role in the recent rise of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, including three recent incidents—one in which a man...

How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?
From ACM Opinion

How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?

During the summer before the 2016 presidential election, John Seymour and Philip Tully, two researchers with ZeroFOX, a security company in Baltimore, unveiled...

The Internet Will Be the Death of ­s
From ACM Opinion

The Internet Will Be the Death of ­s


No, A.I. Won't Solve the Fake News Problem
From ACM Opinion

No, A.I. Won't Solve the Fake News Problem

In his testimony before Congress this year, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, addressed concerns about the strategically disseminated misinformation...

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared
From ACM Opinion

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.
From ACM Opinion

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.

Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry—and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too.

Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy ­pdates? Read Them.
From ACM Opinion

Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy ­pdates? Read Them.

You have probably noticed a flood of emails and alerts from companies in the past few weeks informing you about changes to their privacy policies.

Europe's Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess
From ACM Opinion

Europe's Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess

There is a growing realization that our data is under attack.

Can Europe Lead on Privacy?
From ACM Opinion

Can Europe Lead on Privacy?

"We have a responsibility to protect your information," Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, declared recently in a full-page newspaper advertisement...

How Lies Spread Online
From ACM Opinion

How Lies Spread Online

The spread of misinformation on social media is an alarming phenomenon that scientists have yet to fully understand.
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account