Emerging Tech

These Are Boom Times for Augmented Reality

There’s no escaping the pandemic, but bizarre Instagram filters and Zoom backgrounds give us the illusion that we can.

Cybersecurity

CISA Flags False Statements from China in COVID-19 Disinformation Warning

The agency also cautioned against dangerous suggestions—such as ingesting bleach—as cures for the disease.  

CIO Briefing

What Feds Teleworking During the Pandemic Need to Know About Complying With the Hatch Act

Special counsel releases guidance on what counts as “on duty” while working from home, and what not to do during video conferences.

Cybersecurity

Those Facebook 'Challenges' Can Expose You to Hackers

Games can often extract sensitive information about a person, such as their first job, their first car, or their mother’s maiden name.

Ideas

Is the FaceTime Haircut Here to Stay?

Out-of-work hairstylists, acupuncturists, and even plumbers are seeing clients online. The transition hasn’t always been easy.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Threats at Home: How to Keep Kids Safe while They're Learning Online

Parents may not be aware of the need for the same safeguards.

Ideas

Dads' Time to Shine Online: How Laughter Can Connect and Heal

Laughter and playfulness help foster resilience and provide a coping strategy to better manage and reduce stress.

CIO Briefing

Anthony Fauci’s Gen Z Cred

The public-health expert has developed the kind of internet presence that many public figures, especially politicians, only dream of building.

Ideas

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Disinformation

Even the most well-intentioned news consumers can find today’s avalanche of political information difficult to navigate.

Data

Self-Reported Symptoms Pave Way for COVID-19 Forecasting

Researchers are gathering self-reported descriptions of COVID-19-related symptoms nationwide with the help of Facebook and GoogleSelf.

Ideas

The Internet’s Titans Make a Power Grab

Facebook and other platforms insisted that they didn’t want to be “arbiters of truth.” The coronavirus changed their mind overnight.

Ideas

No, the Internet Is Not Good Again

After a few weeks of faith in the possibility of online utopia, the cracks are starting to show.

Ideas

Crashing the Party: Beware the Cyber Risks of Virtual Meet-up Apps Like Houseparty

The app’s booming popularity come with a growing number of questions about how safe and secure these kinds of apps really are.

Ideas

Why Is It So Hard to Stop COVID-19 Misinformation Spreading on Social Media?

In a joint statement, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube have pledged to work together to combat misinformation.

Data

140 Million Tweets Capture COVID-19's Spread

And it’s publicly available as a resource for the global research community.

Ideas

No, 5G Radiation Doesn't Cause or Spread the Coronavirus. Saying It Does Is Destructive.

Many outlets and people have rushed to debunk this myth but myriad groups and public figures continue to perpetuate it.

Ideas

How to Avoid COVID-19 Fake News

The first tip is to get your info from established news sources, not social media.

Cybersecurity

Attacks on DOD Networks Soar as Telework Inflicts ‘Unprecedented’ Loads

As DOD scrambles to find equipment for those who can work from home, Pentagon leaders tell personnel: ‘No hand-shaking, no high-fives,” and clean your workstations.

IT Modernization

COVID-19 Forces a New Approach to Public Health Communications

No one likes to wait for answers to questions regarding health issues, especially when there is a lot of uncertainty and conflicting information.

Ideas

Where Everyone Goes When the Internet Breaks

Downdetector is a simple, ugly utility, which becomes a weird little life raft for displaced communities when their websites crash.