Computing & Technology

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Why Tech Bros and Politicians Can’t Really Connect

There are two ways to compute, and two ways to see the world. It’s batch vs. loop—and we need them to reconcile.

Lost in Afghanistan: Can the World Take ICT4D Seriously?

The CHI and ICT4D community has extensively highlighted the importance of a responsible exit strategy for avoiding software and hardware suppliers’ hostage situations.

The Rise of the Chatbots

How do we keep track of the truth when bots are becoming increasingly skilled liars?

Unleashing the Power of Deep Learning

To achieve local AI, we need to change how we think about designing both our processing hardware and our deep learning software.

Breaking Up a Digital Monopoly

Our proposal rests on the notion that distribution of public discourse and other acquired content serves the common good of the community of content providers and consumers.

Are You Being Tracked by an AirTag? Here’s How to Check

If you’re worried that one of Apple’s trackers is following you without consent, try these tips.

CyberSecurity

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Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

Yet as IoT adoption increases, IoT sensors and devices also are becoming more popular targets for cybercriminals.

Security by Labeling

Consumer cybersecurity can no longer be ignored.

A Turning Point for Cyber Insurance

Going forward cyber-insurance providers will thrive by succeeding in: rewarding security; generating knowledge; and punishing insecurity.

CISA Cybersecurity Strategic Plan

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) 2023-2025 Strategic Plan is the agency’s first, comprehensive strategic plan since CISA was established in 2018. This is a major milestone for the agency.

CISA Develops Factsheet for Free Tools for Cloud Environments

CISA has developed and published a factsheet, Free Tools for Cloud Environments, to help businesses transitioning into a cloud environment identify proper tools and techniques necessary for the protection of critical assets and data security.

The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Hacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations

Why do nations break into one another’s most important computer networks? There is an obvious answer: to steal valuable information or to attack. But this isn’t the full story.

Climate

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The Trillion-Dollar Auction to Save the World

Ocean creatures soak up huge amounts of humanity’s carbon mess. Should we value them like financial assets?

Let Us Not Put All Our Eggs in One Basket

But what about the overall environmental impacts of this growing infrastructure and the huge number of short-lived devices connected to it, or the indirect impacts on other sectors?

Mapping California’s ‘Zombie’ Forests

In California’s ‘zombie’ forests, conifers have become mismatched to a warming climate.

Our House Is On Fire: The Climate Emergency and Computing’s Responsibility

We will most likely never do better than a best guess at computing’s carbon footprint, but given uncertainties it would be safer and more responsible to act on the assumption that higher estimates could be closer to the truth—especially since the pace of warming has exceeded our expectations at every point. But in big-picture terms, the difference between 1.8% and 3.9% does not fundamentally change our mission: computing’s emissions must be reduced urgently and drastically. How are we going to achieve this?

Extreme Heat Is a Disease for Cities. Treat It That Way

The “urban heat island effect” creates extra-hot temperatures that kill. But cities can prescribe powerful treatments, like green spaces and reflective roofs.

Hidden beneath the surface

Digging deep into a humble lake in Canada, scientists found a spot on Earth like no other — and a record that could redefine our history of the planet

Weather | Snow | Utah

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DeepMind AI accurately forecasts weather — on a desktop computer

The machine-learning model takes less than a minute to predict future weather worldwide more precisely than other approaches.

Avalanches in Big & Little Cottonwood Canyon Early April 2023

During the last week of March and first week of April, Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons saw an epic snow cycle the likes of which have never been seen before. Little Cottonwood Canyon (“LCC”) closed due to avalanche danger on Sunday April 2, 2023. The canyon generally did not open again until Saturday April 8. (There were two brief periods when the canyon was open to the public to downhill travel only, so that people who needed/wanted could leave. Otherwise, the general public was prohibited from going up or down the canyon during the period April 1-8.

Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map, 4th Ed.

The Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map is a full-color paper map that compliments the website, Android app, and iOS app. The map includes the names of almost 1,000 backcountry locations in the Central Wasatch.

Winter Storm Elliott – December, 2022

The United States was hit by historically cold and windy Winter weather with a rare mid-latitude mid-continent cyclone, one that would undergo a process of rapid intensification called Bombogenesis, or Bomb Cyclogenesis. The event was termed “Winter Storm Elliott.” This …

A History of Avalanche Mitigation in the Cottonwood Canyons

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon roads carve between steep mountains that are prone to avalanches in the winter. In fact, 57% of the 9-mile Little Cottonwood Canyon Road is in an avalanche runout zone. Still, recreationalists, residents, and canyon employees need to transport themselves up and down these canyons regularly and as safely as possible.

#Avalanche: In a world obsessed with social media, avalanche centers are relying more and more on the attention-grabbing platforms to better equip backcountry skiers

“Originally, we looked at social media very much as another way of disseminating the forecast,” said Ethan Greene, director of the CAIC. “We still do that, but have been using it more to engage people and try to get out information about current conditions as well as broader education out to people. It’s been a good way for people to ask questions, and we’ve done our best to address those questions.”

Web Resources

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Color Blind Accessibility Manifesto

A study conducted in 2021 by Web Accessibility In Mind illustrated that 83% of the Internet’s top one million homepages failed to meet minimum color contrast requirements. That means about 860,000 of the most visited pages on the Internet aren’t designed with people with Color Vision Deficiency in mind.

The anatomy of a WordPress theme

Yoast’s WordPress theme infographic.

Flexbox Tutorial by Sean Fioritto

This is an interactive video intro to flexbox and is comprised of 5 sections that walk through various parts of flexbox.

F.B. Purity – Clean Up and Customize Facebook

F.B. Purity is a browser extension / add-on that lets you clean up and customise Facebook. It filters out the junk you don’t want to see, leaving behind the stories and page elements you do wish to see. The list of story types that FBP hides is customizable to your taste.

WPBeginner – Beginner’s Guide for WordPress

At WPBeginner, our main goal is to provide cutting-edge helpful WordPress tutorials that are easy to understand for small businesses, bloggers, and non-techy WordPress website owners.

Auditing For Accessibility Problems With Firefox Developer Tools

The Firefox 70 Accessibility Inspector is an auditing facility to help identify and fix many common mistakes and practices to help improve site accessibility.

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