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Magazine: Spring 2017 | Volume 23, No. 3

Technology in defense of democracy

Tech for crises

COLUMN: INIT

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Tech for crises

By Rahul R. Divekar, Nidhi Rastogi

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing / technology policy, Electronic commerce, Networks, World Wide Web

How to manage your advisor

COLUMN: Advice

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How to manage your advisor

Getting a Ph.D. is a challenge, but in theory at least, students have a lot of support.

By Andrew J. Hunsucker

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Social and professional topics

Uppsala University ACM-W

DEPARTMENT: Updates

Uppsala University ACM-W

Gender equality in computer science

By Anshuman Majumdar

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Social and professional topics

DEPARTMENT: Milestones

Crisis management

By Alok Pandey

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Networks, World Wide Web

In praise of soft skills

COLUMN: Careers

In praise of soft skills

Consider what it takes to stand out as more than just a "good" candidate.

By Christopher Hazlett

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Electronic commerce, Social and professional topics

Mapping organized ignorance in environmental health

SECTION: Features

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Mapping organized ignorance in environmental health

How data collection and reporting standards have shaped what we know and do not know about water contamination in Hoosick Falls, NY.

By Laura Rabinow, Lindsay Poirier

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Data management systems, Life and medical sciences

The cognitive and immersive situations room

The cognitive and immersive situations room

Cognitive environments with "eyes," "ears," "mind," "mouth," and "hands" will converse with people, understand group dynamics, present stories, and augment group intelligence, enabling humans and computers to accomplish things neither could do alone.

By Hui Su

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Network services, World Wide Web

From social movements to social surveillance

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From social movements to social surveillance

How the technology of the Occupy movement became a mobile app for policing.

By Joan Donovan

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing / technology policy, Electronic commerce

Biological obstacles and technological leaps

Biological obstacles and technological leaps

Technology can address biological threats like viral epidemics and bioterrorism that could put humankind on the brink of biological disaster.

By Ketaki Katdare

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Data management systems, Life and medical sciences

Filter bubbles and fake news

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Filter bubbles and fake news

The results of the 2016 Brexit referendum in the U.K. and presidential election in the U.S. surprised pollsters and traditional media alike, and social media is now being blamed in part for creating echo chambers that encouraged the spread of fake news that influenced voters.

By Dominic DiFranzo, Kristine Gloria-Garcia

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing / technology policy, Electronic commerce, Networks, World Wide Web

Managing crises, one text at a time

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Managing crises, one text at a time

Crisis Text Line CTO Jason Bennett shares his insight on the technology behind this helpline using text to reach people in need of counseling during times of crisis.

By Rahul R. Divekar, Nidhi Rastogi

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing / technology policy, Electronic commerce, Networks, World Wide Web

Serving people in crisis to make the world a better place

Serving people in crisis to make the world a better place

Carolin Silbernagl, who leads betterplace lab, the research arm of betterplace.org in Berlin, Germany, is a social technologist, as well as co-founder of dotHIV. Here, she shares what it takes to make betterplace, the first mover in the area of digital social startups in Germany.

By Nidhi Rastogi, Rahul R. Divekar

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Cultural characteristics, Social and professional topics, Socio-technical systems, Sociology

Mikel Maron<br /> A life spent digitizing the sense of direction

Online censorship, cyberattacks, and access to information

SECTION: Features

Online censorship, cyberattacks, and access to information

Dan Keyserling, head of communications at Jigsaw, an incubator within Alphabet, shares how technology can help address global challenges, especially on the front lines of press freedom, political repression, and human rights.

By Nidhi Rastogi

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Censoring filters, Computer crime, Government technology policy, Technology and censorship

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum on the moving frontier between mathematics and computer science

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum on the moving frontier between mathematics and computer science

Young and early-career researchers at the 2016 Heidelberg Laureate Forum discuss how the frontier between mathematics and computer science is shifting, what the future promises, and the implications the frontier's shape and dynamics will have on both fields.

By Edmon Begoli, Vincent Schlegel, Michael Atiyah, Praise Adeyemo, Tim Baarslag

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing education, Computing organizations, Computing profession, Historical people, History of computing, Social and professional topics

Data analytics, accelerators, and supercomputing

Data analytics, accelerators, and supercomputing

The Message Passing Interface faces new challenges as modern concepts and technologies like data analytics and accelerators penetrate high-performance computing. Here, we discuss the future of MPI with HPC expert Prof. Torsten Hoefler of ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

By Vasileios Kalantzis

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Data analytics, Exploratory data analysis, Hardware accelerators, Message passing

Applied Aviation Research Center

Blooming in adversity