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Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin
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Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin

The extraordinary rise in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has led many people to worry that this market is a giant bubble.

Risks of Trusting the Physics of Sensors
From Communications of the ACM

Risks of Trusting the Physics of Sensors

Protecting the Internet of Things with embedded security.

The Inclusive and Accessible Workplace
From Communications of the ACM

The Inclusive and Accessible Workplace

Maximizing the performance of neurodiverse talent.

The New Way Your Computer Can Be Attacked
From ACM Opinion

The New Way Your Computer Can Be Attacked

On January 3, the world learned about a series of major security vulnerabilities in modern microprocessors. Called Spectre and Meltdown, these vulnerabilities were...

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid   The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm...

Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance, and Makes It Even Worse
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Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance, and Makes It Even Worse

In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was legally collecting millions of Americans' phone calls and electronic communications—including...

There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain
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There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain

How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger?

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, for 2018 and Beyond
From ACM Opinion

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, for 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018
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The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018

Imagine this: When you leave the house, your air conditioner and lights turn off automatically. Then when a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your...

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018
From ACM Opinion

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a "bipartisan whipping boy," a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the...

What Telegram Owes Iranians
From ACM Opinion

What Telegram Owes Iranians

After the 2009 Green Movement—a failed attempt to overturn a stolen presidential election through street protests—the Iranian political establishment took away...

10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, for Better and Worse
From ACM Opinion

10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, for Better and Worse

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting—or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You'd be right either way.

3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018
From ACM Opinion

3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018

Technologies to detect brain activity—fine, we'll come right out and call it mind reading—as well as to change it are moving along so quickly that "a bit of a gold...

License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch
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License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch

Wow, that 2017, though. Quite a year. Let's grab a Juicero and take a moment to reflect on the utter dumpster fires that we've witnessed over the past 12 months...

Defining American Greatness
From Communications of the ACM

Defining American Greatness: IBM from Watson to Trump

Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century.

Technology and the Failure of the University
From Communications of the ACM

Technology and the Failure of the University

Considering the double-edged sword of learning technologies in various academic settings.

Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do for You . . .
From Communications of the ACM

Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do for You . . .

Seeking more effective strategies for training and nurturing CS postdocs to ensure their success.

The Year the Home Button Died
From ACM Opinion

The Year the Home Button Died

The most convincing lie Steve Jobs ever told was "you already know how to use it."

We Ignore Iran at Our Peril
From ACM Opinion

We Ignore Iran at Our Peril

When it comes to cyberweapons, America is an elephant and Iran is a flea. Still, a flea can be a persistent nuisance, especially for the unprotected.

Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy
From ACM Opinion

Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy

For last-minute shoppers, tech toys hold a special appeal.
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