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Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried
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Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried

Mind-reading systems such as Facebook's brainwave-reading device and Neuralink's brain implants can affect privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety...

Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting
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Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting

Following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, President Trump called on social media companies to develop tools that could help identify...

Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds – Big Tech Does
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Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds – Big Tech Does

It takes a lot of effort, research, and efficiency to manipulate people online and influence their behavior in the real world. Silicon Valley has it down to a science...

Western Academia Helps Build China's Automated Racism
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Western Academia Helps Build China's Automated Racism

Researchers in China are developing new and more invasive techniques to surveil the Uyghurs minority. Some of their work is being supported by academia in the West...

Block-based Programming in Computer Science Education
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Block-based Programming in Computer Science Education

Considering how block-based programming environments and tools might be used at the introductory level and beyond.

What's It Like to Work In an Amazon Fulfillment Center?
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What's It Like to Work In an Amazon Fulfillment Center?

A former employee discusses the floor conditions she experienced at an Amazon fulfillment center, why the quota system there can be so brutal, and what happens...

Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­s
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Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry ­s

Deepfakes are frightening, but so is Congress' rush to regulate them.

Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists
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Our Disabilities Have Made ­s Better Scientists

Scientific research is rarely designed to accommodate scientists with medical conditions or disabilities.

API Copyrights Revisited
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API Copyrights Revisited

Deliberating on the main arguments in recent sets of briefs filed in support of Google's U.S. Supreme Court petition.

Who Benefits?
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Who Benefits?

Considering the case of smart cities.

A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'
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A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'

How the unique perspective and enhanced strengths accompanying disabilities can benefit the workforce.

GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful
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GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful

Seeking to improve rankings by utilizing more objective data and meaningful metrics.

­nder Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned
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­nder Trump, The Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

The U.S. government is not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.

Software Below the Poverty Line
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Software Below the Poverty Line

The majority of open-source projects that we usually consider sustainable are actually receiving income below industry standards or even below the poverty threshold...

Global Data Justice
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Global Data Justice

A new research challenge for computer science.

Encryption and Surveillance
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Encryption and Surveillance

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

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There's Little Oversight and Lots of Danger
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As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There's Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

Artificial intelligence systems can—if properly used—help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however...

The FBI Wanted a Backdoor to the iPhone. Tim Cook Said No
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The FBI Wanted a Backdoor to the iPhone. Tim Cook Said No

In 2016, Tim Cook fought the law—and won.

The ­.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War
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The ­.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War

A swathe of the world is adopting China's vision for a tightly controlled internet over the unfettered American approach, a stunning ideological coup for Beijing...

Is Julian Assange a Journalist, or Is He Just an Accused Thief?
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Is Julian Assange a Journalist, or Is He Just an Accused Thief?

Is Julian Assange a journalist? The Justice Department sidestepped that question in its indictment of Assange.
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