The SolarWinds hack was all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a 'wicked' problem and what can be done about it

Fragmented authority for national cyber defense and global supply chains for building software stack the deck against US cybersecurity.

Terry Thompson, Adjunct Instructor in Cybersecurity, Johns Hopkins University • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~10 min

How to protect children online without using tough rules and reprimands

Cultivating 'cyber-wisdom' could help children make smarter decisions online.

Tom Harrison, Reader, School of Education, University of Birmingham • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~6 min

How does Wi-Fi work? An electrical engineer explains

Wi-Fi has become a fundamental part of modern digital life, but its foundation is the same as the technology that allowed your great-grandparents to listen to their favorite radio programs.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~5 min

Getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks – but there are ways to lift the barriers

The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Why getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks, and how to lift the barriers

The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Goldenrod honey: misinformation is causing a biological invasion of this Canadian weed

Our study is the first to research the impact of online misinformation on biological invasions.

Johannes M H Knops, Professor & Head of Department Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~8 min

The Matrix is already here: Social media promised to connect us, but left us isolated, scared and tribal

Remember what life was like before social media took over? Now that the election is over, it might be a good time to take back our lives.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~9 min

Estonia is a 'digital republic' – what that means and why it may be everyone's future

Estonia has digitised 99% of its public services.

Ali Shahaab, PhD Candidate, Distributed Ledgers / Blockchain Technology, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Here's what it'll take to clean up esports' toxic culture

Combating sexism and other forms of harassment in online videogames comes down to community standards.

Amanda Cote, Assistant Professor of Media Studies/Game Studies, University of Oregon • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~9 min

A little-known technology change will make video streaming cheaper and pave the way for higher quality

A new standard for how videos are sent through the internet and read by your computer could make the digital world more inclusive, says media scholar Jason Schmitt.

Jason Schmitt, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Media & Design, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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