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Continuity and Change in Internet Law
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Continuity and Change in Internet Law

The fundamentals of the field of Internet law have remained consistent, but details have evolved in response to technological innovation.

Encryption and Surveillance
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Encryption and Surveillance

Why the law-enforcement access question will not just go away.

What Does It Mean for a Computing Curriculum to Succeed?
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What Does It Mean for a Computing Curriculum to Succeed?

Examining the expansion, proliferation, and integration of computing education everywhere.

A Journey, If You Dare, Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers
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A Journey, If You Dare, Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

Code seems cold and objective, the raw logic of the internet, and Silicon Valley likes it that way.

How the Data Mining of Failure Could Teach ­s the Secrets of Success
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How the Data Mining of Failure Could Teach ­s the Secrets of Success

Thomas Edison is often described as America's greatest inventor. His successes include electric power generation, sound recording, and the electric lightbulb.

Free Trade in a Digital World
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Free Trade in a Digital World

Considering the possible implications for free trade, traditionally based on non-digital goods, for a modern global economy that is increasingly based on intangible...

AI's Big Challenge
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AI's Big Challenge

The recently signed executive order establishing the American AI Initiative correctly identifies artificial intelligence as central to American competitiveness...

Why Scientists Sometimes Make Extraordinary Claims
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Why Scientists Sometimes Make Extraordinary Claims

The interstellar object known as 'Oumuamua plunged into our solar system in 2017, leaving a trail of mystery in its wake.

Don't Fight the Robots. Tax Them.
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Don't Fight the Robots. Tax Them.

When Bill Gates floated the idea of imposing a tax on robots a couple of years ago, Lawrence Summers, a former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, called...

From Computational Thinking to Computational Action
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From Computational Thinking to Computational Action

Envisioning computing education that both teaches and empowers.

It's About Power
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It's About Power

A call to rethink ethics and equity in computing education.

Potential 'Dark Sides' of Leisure Technology ­Use in Youth
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Potential 'Dark Sides' of Leisure Technology ­Use in Youth

Time for balanced reflections on technology.

Questioning a New Intellectual Property Right for Press Publishers
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Questioning a New Intellectual Property Right for Press Publishers

Considering the implications of the "link tax" provision of the proposed EU Directive for the Digital Single Market for traditional press publishers.

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know
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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills...

What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing
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What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

President Trump signed an executive order on February 11 meant to shore up our competitive position in the international race for AI supremacy, but it is short...

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent...

Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?
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Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?

Considering the expression "computational thinking" as an entry point to understand why the fundamental contribution of computing to science is the shift from solving...

How Computer Science at CMU­ Is Attracting and Retaining Women
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How Computer Science at CMU­ Is Attracting and Retaining Women

Carnegie Mellon University's successful efforts enrolling, sustaining, and graduating women in computer science challenge the belief in a gender divide in CS education...

Technologies to Watch in 2019
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Technologies to Watch in 2019

Seven specialists forecast the developments that will push their fields forward in the year ahead.

Tech Giants, Gorging on AI Professors Is Bad for You
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Tech Giants, Gorging on AI Professors Is Bad for You

In an essay written in 1833, the British economist William Forster Lloyd made a profound observation using the example of cattle grazing.
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