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The Limits of Explainability
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The Limits of Explainability

When we look at a stack of blocks or a stack of Oreos, we intuitively have a sense of how stable it is, whether it might fall over, and in what direction it may...

Apple's China Lesson: Think Different, But Not Too Different
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Apple's China Lesson: Think Different, But Not Too Different

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook will co-chair the Chinese government's showcase global business forum next month, underscoring his increasingly high profile...

Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs
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Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take...

Where the 'Crisis Actor' Conspiracy Theory Comes From
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Where the 'Crisis Actor' Conspiracy Theory Comes From

The term "crisis actor" has been in the news a lot lately, because conspiracy theorists have accused survivors of the Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland...

How Trump Conquered Facebook, Without Russian Ads
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How Trump Conquered Facebook, Without Russian Ads

It's not every day that a former work colleague gets retweeted by the president of the United States.

Cryptocurrency: The Hail Mary Pass for People Who Missed the Tech Boom
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Cryptocurrency: The Hail Mary Pass for People Who Missed the Tech Boom

Between mid-December and early February, bitcoin lost more than half its value, dropping from a high of nearly twenty thousand dollars to just below seven thousand...

Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated
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Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated

It might be nice for Democrats and #NeverTrumpers to believe that Russia's troll factory brought Donald Trump the 2016 Presidential Election.

Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data
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Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data

The important intersection of computer science and social science.

Responsible Research with Crowds
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Responsible Research with Crowds: Pay Crowdworkers at Least Minimum Wage

High-level guidelines for the treatment of crowdworkers.

Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity
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Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity

A call for discussion of governmental investment and intervention in support of cybersecurity.

The Computing Profession
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The Computing Profession

Taking stock of progress toward a computing profession since this column started in 2001.

Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission
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Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission

A look in the rearview mirror at Volkswagon software engineering.

Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?
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Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?

Considering the longer-term implications of a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case.

Making Security Sustainable
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Making Security Sustainable

Can there be an Internet of durable goods?

How to Make Replication the Norm
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How to Make Replication the Norm

Replication is essential for building confidence in research studies, yet it is still the exception rather than the rule.

How to Monitor Fake News
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How to Monitor Fake News

The indictment of 13 Russians filed on Friday by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,...

How Russia Turned the Internet Against America
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How Russia Turned the Internet Against America

The indictment released Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller makes plain how prosecutors believe Russia pursued its multiyear scheme to undermine the 2016 presidential...

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious
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China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious

For all the particularities of life in China, its big cities offer a familiar cosmopolitanism.

19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data
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19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data

In 1981, when I was 9 years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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