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Cybersecurity System Offers Protection Against Hacking, Censorship

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a  cybersecurity system that sets a new standard in the fight to protect users from malicious online attacks.

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:00

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:00

An international research team warned of a critical backdoor flaw in Switzerland's new Internet voting system.

Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:00

Venture-backed startups have been dispatching cooler-sized robots in cities around the U.S. to deliver food and groceries to customers' doorsteps.

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive University Research Projects

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:47

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic research projects.

The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 09:30

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, on his invention of the World Wide Web in 1989.

Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 16:51

The potential end to a controversial National Security Agency phone records collection program is energizing privacy groups and lawmakers who have long called for stricter limits on domestic surveillance powers.

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:53

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect initial signs of multiple sclerosis.

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:32

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data zips from New York to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London, in the time it takes you to read this word.

An All-in-One Cyber Toolkit for Criminal Investigations

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:55

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an all-in-one platform to help investigators solve cybersecurity crimes.

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:55

Poor-quality customer and business data may be keeping companies from leveraging digital tools to reduce costs, increase revenue, and stay competitive.

Ultra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:55

A new ultra-low power hybrid chip inspired by the human brain could help small robots collaborate and learn from their experiences.

Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:28

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed "vague but exciting".

The World Needs Big Data

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:43

Big data can support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:19

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with the consequences on society.

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00

Japanese startup Vaak has developed artificial intelligence software that looks for potential shoplifters on video surveillance footage.

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00

Employers across a spectrum of industries are welcoming applicants with experience in making or playing videogames.

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00

The U.S. National Security Agency has chosen to open source the cybersecurity tool Ghidra, a reverse-engineering platform that takes "compiled" software and "decompiles" it.

Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that state-of-the-art object-detection systems are better at detecting people with lighter skin tones.

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, is working with Google artificial intelligence scientists to automate the identification of diabetic retinopathy.

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