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Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus
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Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus

Many Americans now rely on digital tools to work remotely and stay connected. They shouldn't have to sacrifice their privacy to use them.

STEM Education Needs a Course Correction
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STEM Education Needs a Course Correction

Technical training today should not be solely in the business of making better coders but of making better people who will be able to cultivate the future.

The Coronavirus Crisis Proves The Internet Should Be A Public Utility
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The Coronavirus Crisis Proves The Internet Should Be A Public Utility

The spread of the novel coronavirus around the world has proven conclusively that the Internet should be a public utility.

How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus
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How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

The United States can learn from other countries to track the pandemic while still protecting privacy.

The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases
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The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases

As the COVID-19 epidemic escalates, robots have the potential to be deployed for disinfection, delivering medications and food, measuring vital signs, and assisting...

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology
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AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

At its core, "artificial intelligence" is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.

A Taxonomy of Automated Assistants
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A Taxonomy of Automated Assistants

Rating your intelligent (human or automated) assistant.

Organizing Family Support Services at ACM Conferences
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Organizing Family Support Services at ACM Conferences

Seeking to improve access to conferences and provide support for attendees with children.

Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?
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Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?

Examining the structure of the enterprise attack surface in view of the relative ease with which cyberdefenses can be subverted.

Master of Tickets
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Master of Tickets

Valuing the quality, not the quantity, of work.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Professional Work
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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Professional Work

Considering the implications of the influence of artificial intelligence given previous industrial revolutions.

The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance
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The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance

Are universities the next cautionary tale?

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor
From ACM Opinion

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor

A few years of experience have shown me that some lessons I've learned from being a programmer generalize wonderfully into my life as a medical student.

Eric Schmidt: I Used to Run Google. Silicon Valley Could Lose to China.
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Eric Schmidt: I Used to Run Google. Silicon Valley Could Lose to China.

We can't win the technology wars without the federal government's help.

How to Know if Artificial Intelligence is About to Destroy Civilization
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How to Know if Artificial Intelligence is About to Destroy Civilization

These canaries in the coal mines of AI would be signs that superintelligent robot overlords are approaching.

Should Government Halt the Use of Facial-Recognition Technology?
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Should Government Halt the Use of Facial-Recognition Technology?

Critics say false positives are far higher for some groups of people than for others, but supporters of the technology says the actual numbers involved are tiny...

Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon
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Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon

Balancing sustainability and science.

Unsafe At Any Level
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Unsafe At Any Level

The U.S. NHTSA's levels of automation are a liability for automated vehicles.

Four Internets
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Four Internets

Considering the merits of several models and approaches to Internet governance.

Through the Lens of a Passionate Theoretician
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Through the Lens of a Passionate Theoretician

Considering the far-reaching and fundamental implications of computing beyond digital computers.
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