Computing in the News

Tips and Options for Using Computing News in Class

    • Present a current news story about a computing innovation (including a video if there is one), then ask the students what they think about it, what computer science concepts are involved, and what the positive and negative implications are.
    • Once you’ve modeled the process several times, you can ask students to bring stories to the group.
    • Can be used as a five-minute bellringer every day, or save news for Fridays and give it more time.
    • If the discussion is going well, let it continue!
    • It can be easy — maybe a little too easy — to highlight the positive elements of a new innovation (especially when news stories are based on press releases!). So it’s important for students to see the negative (often unintended) implications as well — and to put some thought into how potential negative consequences could be prevented or mitigated.

Why Use News?

Highlights from the news make a great attention-grabber at the beginning of class, and provide handy concrete examples for thinking about the global impacts of computing. (In fact, there’s a move to use news in all undergrad CS classes at UC Berkeley!)

Three Ways to Find Computing News

News Stories Curated for CSP by TGI (this page)

2016-17 news highlights that demonstrate computing impacts. Each one lists relevant CSP learning objectives and essential knowledge, along with suggested discussion questions. Scroll article snippets or search by CSP framework tag.

Ongoing TGI “Computing in The News” Forum

Uncurated news spotted by our site users, and comments on our curated news articles.  Peruse, or join in and share a story! (Forum RSS feed)

Current Uncurated News from Other Sources

Some of our favorite live news feeds: ACM Tech News, MIT News, Science Daily.

News Stories Curated for CSP by TGI

2016-17 Highlights

(Team TGI: Anna Clark, Tyler Daniell, Michael Morguarge, Nnamdi Onwumere, and Jonathan Corley at University of West Georgia and Julia Bernd at ICSI)

Ongoing TGI “Computing in The News” Forum

Uncurated news spotted by our site users, community contributions, and comments on our curated news articles. Peruse or join in and share a story!

Current Uncurated News from Other Sources

Some of our favorite sources for computing news!

RSS From ACM Tech News

  • Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures
    The Daily Mail (U.K.)Singapore law enforcement is testing two unmanned drones designed by developer Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures, by tracking gatherings and streaming video of them to police. Airobotics said this is the first time automated commercial drones have been sanctioned to fly over a major city. Low Hsien Meng from the […]
  • Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk
    Computer WeeklyThe Check Point security firm found 400 code vulnerabilities on Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital signal processor (DSP) chip, used in more than 40% of Android smartphones worldwide. A hacker would only have to persuade a target to download a simple, innocuous application without any permissions in order to exploit the flaws. Check Point's Yaniv Balmas […]
  • Break It Down: A Way to Address Common Computing Problem
    The Source (Washington University in St. Louis)Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed an algorithm for solving linear inverse problems by deconstructing them into sub-tasks so they may be solved in parallel on standard computers. Linear inverse problems attempt to find a model to describe observational data, and the Parallel Residual Projection (PRP) […]

RSS From Science Daily

  • Electronic components join forces to take up 10 times less space on computer chips August 10, 2020
    Electronic filters are essential to the inner workings of our phones and other wireless devices. They eliminate or enhance specific input signals to achieve the desired output signals. They are essential, but take up space on the chips that researchers are on a constant quest to make smaller. A new study demonstrates the successful integration […]
  • NIST's SAMURAI measures 5G communications channels precisely August 10, 2020
    Engineers have developed a flexible, portable measurement system to support design and repeatable laboratory testing of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications devices with unprecedented accuracy across a wide range of signal frequencies and scenarios.
  • Aquatic robots can remove contaminant particles from water August 10, 2020
    Scientists have developed a 1cm by 1cm wireless artificial aquatic polyp, which can remove contaminants from water. Apart from cleaning, this soft robot could be also used in medical diagnostic devices by aiding in picking up and transporting specific cells for analysis.