How Apple and Google let your phone warn you if you've been exposed to the coronavirus while protecting your privacy

Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.

David Starobinski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~11 min

North Korea targeted cybersecurity researchers using a blend of hacking and espionage

Sophisticated fake social media personas created by North Korean hackers offered to collaborate with cybersecurity researchers. Several US researchers fell for it.

Paulo Shakarian, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Fake news: bold visual warnings needed to stop people clicking – new research

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Bold visual warnings are needed to stop people clicking on fake news

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

DeepMind's AI agent MuZero could turbocharge YouTube

The successor to AlphaGo is being used to create a more efficient type of video compression.

bbcnews
Dec. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Thousands more back Dr Timnit Gebru over Google 'sacking'

Members of the researcher's AI ethics team have published a letter challenging the firm's account.

bbcnews
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

How tech firms have tried to stop disinformation and voter intimidation – and come up short

The major social media firms have taken a largely piecemeal and fractured approach to managing the problem.

Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Executive Director, Ostrom Workshop; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Google reveals Mineral crop-inspecting robots

The project will analyse every leaf on every crop, helping farmers tend the fields.

bbcnews
Oct. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Sir Isaac Newton's notes among Cambridge web gallery 'treasures'

Cambridge University Library adds high-resolution images of its collection to a free culture site.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 30, 2020 ~2 min

Private browsing: What it does – and doesn't do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don't read too much into the word 'private.'

Hana Habib, Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

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