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Computer Science and Philosophy Have More in Common Than You'd Think

October 21, 2021

Built In -- Carl Gunter, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who researches security and privacy issues in tech, often sees the intersection between technology and philosophical issues. “One of the themes we see all the time with the internet is how much it should be regulated … How much do we need to get involved with regulation to try to control the potential harms while preserving the potential benefits of things?” Gunter said.

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Op-ed: Should flyers feel safer when the TSA finds more firearms at airport checkpoints?

October 21, 2021

Chicago Tribune -- The Transportation Security Administration announced that it found more firearms in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints through the first nine months of 2021 than it had in any full year over the past two decades. The detection rate was more than two times the rate in 2019, and even higher than the rate in 2020, when air travel was significantly depressed due to COVID-19.

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Courses and Certifications to Master Cloud Computing in 2021

October 21, 2021

Analytics India Magazine -- Cloud Computing Concepts: Offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Cloud Computing Concepts course on Coursera is delivered by Indranil Gupta, Professor at the Department of Computer Science. It is the first course of the whole specialization module and takes approximately 23 hours to complete. 

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IBM and UI: 'A New Model for Corporate-Academic Partnership'

October 20, 2021

The News-Gazette -- The IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute — backed by a 10-year, $200 million combined investment from the UI, IBM and state of Illinois — has begun work on more than two dozen projects within the Grainger College of Engineering. Long term, Bashir hopes to see the institute’s discoveries trickle down into everyday life, much like the UI’s ILLIAC 1 computer and MOSAIC web browser technologies pioneered last century.

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Luna Display Can Now Turn Your iPad Into a Second Screen for Windows Devices

October 13, 2021

The Verge -- Astropad first launched Luna Display in 2017, about two years before Apple “sherlocked” it with the Sidecar feature added in macOS Catalina. Not long after, the company updated Luna Display to work wirelessly between Macs as a response to Apple’s move. “Apple zigs, we zag,” Astropad CEO Matt Ronge (BS CS '08) tweeted at the time.

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What is Public Interest Tech? This Foundation Leader Breaks Down What it Means for DC

October 12, 2021

Techincal.ly -- For public interest technology proponent Vilas Dhar (BS CS '04), using technology to help boost social change will require more than a shift in priorities. It’s a changing power dynamic.

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From Pandemic to Endemic, the Light at the End of the Tunnel is Growing

October 4, 2021

The Hill -- As the nation moves through the Delta variant surge, the number of prior COVID-19 infections coupled with the number of people vaccinated suggests that the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is growing. The virus becoming endemic, writes Illinois CS professor Sheldon H. Jacobson.

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'War of Weaponized Influence': U.S. Spending Millions to Hunt Down Foreign Tweets, Memes

October 4, 2021

The Washington Times -- The University of Illinois said last month that it received $5.8 million from DARPA for the INCAS program. DARPA said the Illinois researchers would work with counterparts at the University of Southern California to develop ways to sort an audience by psychographic attributes. “People create narratives that are divisive,” Tarek Abdelzaher, a University of Illinois professor working with DARPA, said in a statement last month. “They are intended to polarize, radicalize, whatever … but we don’t understand the impact of that weapon on the population the way we understand the impact of a bomb or lightning strike.”

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CDC Needs to Give Us Better Data on Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections

September 28, 2021

Cleveland.com -- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides weekly reports on breakthrough infections leading to hospitalizations and deaths. However, similar data on infections amongst previously infected people are needed to assess the road to the virus becoming endemic -- present in the population but manageable due to widespread immunity, writes Illinois CS professor Sheldon H. Jacobson.

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Data-Centric Cyberinfrastructures for Academic Ultra-Clean Scientific Laboratories

September 24, 2021

Open Access Government -- Illinois CS professor Klara Nahrstedt, also Professor and Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her collaborators explore how data-centric cyberinfrastructures in academic ultra-clean scientific laboratories help speed-up next generation inventions.

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