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

  • U.S. Lawmakers Aim to Curtail Face Recognition Even as the Technology IDs Capitol Attackers
    ReutersU.S. lawmakers are working to ban facial recognition software, even as the technology helps to identify assailants who besieged the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. Researchers and law enforcement have been using facial recognition to sift through photos from the riot, seeking similar faces in databases of mugshots, social media headshots, or other […]
  • Model Analyzes How Viruses Escape the Immune System
    MIT NewsResearchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a model that can predict which sections of viral surface proteins are more likely to mutate to enable viral escape, as well as those that are less likely to mutate and are good targets for new vaccines. The researchers also pinpointed potential targets for influenza, […]
  • Quantum Internet Signals Beamed Between Drones a Kilometer Apart
    New ScientistResearchers at China's Nanjing University have sent entangled photons between two 35-kilogram drones located a kilometer apart, a development that could pave the way for quantum encryption. The study marks the first time photon entanglement has been transmitted between moving devices. The pair of entangled photons was created using a laser on board one […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily

  • Designing customized 'brains' for robots January 21, 2021
    Researchers have developed an automated way to design customized hardware that speeds up a robot's operation. The system, called robomorphic computing, accounts for the robot's physical layout in suggesting an optimized hardware architecture.
  • Why older adults must go to the front of the vaccine line January 21, 2021
    A new global, mathematical modeling study shows that in most cases prioritizing older adults for COVID-19 vaccines saves the most lives. It also found that, in some cases, more lives could be saved and infections prevented if those who've already tested positive step to the back of the line.
  • Using VR training to boost our sense of agency and improve motor control January 21, 2021
    Patients with motor dysfunctions are on the rise across Japan as its population continues to age. A researcher has developed a new method of rehabilitation using virtual reality to increase the sense of agency over our body and aid motor skills.