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

  • Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study
    ScienceA multi-institutional team of researchers used supercomputers to plot the most likely migration routes of ancient humans across Australia. The team built the first detailed topographic map of the ancient Sahul landmass from satellite, aerial, and undersea mapping data, then calculated the optimal walking routes across this landscape via least-cost path analysis. Devin White at […]
  • Speeding New COVID Treatments with Computational Tool
    University of New MexicoScientists at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the University of Texas at El Paso have developed a computational tool to help drug researchers quickly identify anti-COVID molecules before the virus invades human cells or disable it in the early stages of infection. The team unveiled REDIAL-2020, an open source suite […]
  • Algorithms Improve How We Protect Our Data
    Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)Researchers at South Korea's Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) have developed algorithms that estimate and validate encryption security with less computational complexity. The "Min-entropy" metric typically is used to estimate and validate a source's ability to generate random numbers used to encrypt data. An […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily

  • Evading the uncertainty principle in quantum physics May 6, 2021
    In quantum mechanics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle dictates that the position and speed of an object cannot both be known fully precisely at the same time. Researchers now show that two vibrating drumheads, the size of a human hair, can be prepared in a quantum state which evades the uncertainty principle.
  • Physicists find a novel way to switch antiferromagnetism on and off May 6, 2021
    Physicists have found a novel way to switch antiferromagnetism on and off, which could lead to faster, more secure memory storage.
  • An uncrackable combination of invisible ink and artificial intelligence May 5, 2021
    Coded messages in invisible ink sound like something only found in espionage books, but in real life, they can have important security purposes. Yet, they can be cracked if their encryption is predictable. Now, researchers have printed complexly encoded data with normal ink and a carbon nanoparticle-based invisible ink, requiring both UV light and a […]