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Hi, Robot: Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:05:00 -0500

Guest bloggers Henry Wellman and Kimberly Brink reflect on their new study shedding light on how adults, older children and young children perceive human-like robots — and what the future might hold.

We LYLAS, But It's Time To Say TTFN As AOL Instant Messanger Signs Off For Good

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

AOL instant messenger signed off for the final time this morning — 20 years after changing online communication.

DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

Can a computer tell if you're going to be a productive member of society? Can it tell if you're a terrorist? The Department of Homeland Security is trying to answer these questions. The agency hopes to build a computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the U.S., but that idea has some techies worried.

Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly bought more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency, got a $22,000 loan and then transferred the money abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.

Facebook's Partnership With Fact-Checkers Gets Off To A Rocky Start

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A year ago, Facebook said it was bringing in fact-checkers from leading news organizations to combat fake news. It appears the fact-checkers have been left in the dark about the impact of their work.

FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:30:00 -0500

After a brief security evacuation, the agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.

News Brief: Senate And House Republicans Agree On Tax Bill, FCC To Repeal Net Neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:57 -0500

House and Senate Republicans have hammered out details of a final tax overhaul bill. Also, the FCC is set to repeal net neutrality rules, and an update on Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers who were killed.

What Could Change After Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

The FCC is expected to repeal net neutrality regulations Thursday. Mitchell Baker of the Mozilla Foundation tells Steve Inskeep that the rules provide vital protections against Internet censorship.

As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:06 -0500

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. And yet among 22 million comments the FCC received, many were fake. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.

'I Came, I Saw, I Selfied': How Instagram Transformed The Way We Experience Art

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:00 -0500

Immersive exhibits, such as "Infinity Mirrors" and Artechouse, are driving people to museums in search of the perfect snapshot. The craze is changing the way we experience art in the Instagram-era.

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America's Classrooms

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:42:35 -0500

Schools use the internet for a lot of learning: researching, virtual travel, watching videos. Educators say it opens their classrooms to the world. The removal of net neutrality could change all that.

How A Female Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:17:00 -0500

Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.

How Repealing Net Neutrality Could Affect Schools' Internet Access

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

If the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal net neutrality regulations, it could affect access to the Internet for schools across the country. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, about the potential impact on classrooms if net neutrality is repealed.

France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:27:00 -0500

The country's education minister says the strict rules are a matter of public health. But some teachers and parents call it a losing battle.

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.