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

  • In the Wake of Overnight Digital Transformation, Demand for Technology Skills Training Surges
    ZDNetA survey of 937 professionals by the Netwrix software company found the Covid-19 pandemic has forced organizations to digitally transform their operations virtually overnight, resulting in exploding demand for information technology (IT) skills training. The percentage of CIOs and IT directors planning to invest in IT education has nearly doubled from 20% in late 2019 […]
  • Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches
    Associated PressThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed suit against Google for allegedly misleading millions of Australian account holders about the use of their personal data. In 2016, Google began combining users' personal Google account information with information from their activity on non-Google sites that used Google technology to display ads; the ACCC […]
  • High-Capacity Embedded Memories Use Half as Much Silicon
    EPFL (Switzerland)Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Israel's Bar Ilan University have designed embedded memories that halve the amount of silicon needed for a given storage capacity, while lowering power requirements. The GC-eDRAM memory requires just two or three transistors to store one bit, versus six or eight in […]

RSS From Science Daily

  • Consumers don't fully trust smart home technologies August 4, 2020
    Smart home technologies are marketed to enhance your home and make life easier. However, consumers are not convinced that they can trust the privacy and security of these technologies, a new study has shown.
  • AI and single-cell genomics August 3, 2020
    The study of cellular dynamics is crucial to understand how cells develop and how diseases progress. Scientist have now created 'scVelo' - a machine learning method and open source software to estimate the dynamics of gene activity in single cells. This allows biologists to robustly predict the future state of individual cells.
  • Simplified circuit design could revolutionize how wearables are manufactured August 3, 2020
    Researchers have demonstrated the use of a ground-breaking circuit design that could transform manufacturing processes for wearable technology.