Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: computing computer-science employment women stem bias quick-reads research-brief technology sexism careers confidence workplace workforce men performance gender-gap young-women

A language generation program's ability to write articles, produce code and compose poetry has wowed scientists

GPT-3 is the biggest, most creative language generation program to date. But with awesome power comes awesome responsibility.

Prasenjit Mitra, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  artificial-intelligence  computer-science  writing  technology  editing

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

Diversifying leadership can change organizational cultures, which removes barriers to women in the tech industry and academia.

Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: computer-science equality women stem technology gender-pay-gap diversity supercomputers equal-pay female-leadership womens-representation organizational-managmeent pay-gap

Coronavirus: our study suggests more people have had it than previously estimated

Many more people have been infected with coronavirus than the statistics suggest.

Scott McLachlan, Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: computer-science covid-19 statistics coronavirus-2020

How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.

Jeanna Matthews, Full Professor, Computer Science, Clarkson University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media computer-science covid-19 algorithm twitter bots facebook disinformation instagram hackers distrust media-literacy authoritarian-regimes russian-trolls divisive-politics internet-research-agency

Coronavirus: country comparisons are pointless unless we account for these biases in testing

We need to update models on death rates or introduce truly random testing to understand the true impact of the coronavirus.

Scott McLachlan, Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  computer-science  statistics  testing  coronavirus2020

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