Kids, Code, and Computer Science Magazine

February 2017 News Wire

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The ethics of tracking athletes’ biometric data

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-01-ethics-tracking-athletes-biometric.amp

Is your smartphone listening to everything you say? We asked the experts

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/is-your-smartphone-listening-to-your-conversations/

Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable, Researchers Say

https://www.propublica.org/article/bias-in-criminal-risk-scores-is-mathematically-inevitable-researchers-say

MIT’s self-folding origami technology could change how we design everything from airbags to wearables

http://qz.com/873898/mits-self-folding-origami-technology-could-change-how-we-design-everything-from-airbags-to-wearables

Virtual Reality Allows the Most Detailed, Intimate Digital Surveillance Yet

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/23/virtual-reality-allows-the-most-detailed-intimate-digital-surveillance-yet/

Explore Climate Warming Where You Live

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/12/explore-warming-where-you-live/

Flight booking systems lack basic privacy safeguards, researchers say

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-travel-idUSKBN14G1I6

Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them

https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-doesnt-tell-users-everything-it-really-knows-about-them

Dark Matter: How Google’s Search business and humanity’s information is disappearing

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/20/how-googles-search-business-and-humanitys-information-is-disappearing/

Autonomous Mercedes will spare occupants over pedestrians

http://readwrite.com/2016/12/19/autonomous-mercedes-benz-cars-spare-occupants-pedestrians-tl4/

Scratch Blocks update: Making it easier to develop coding apps for kids

https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/12/scratch-blocks-update-making-it-easier-to-develop-coding-apps-for-kids.html

Millions exposed to malvertising that hid attack code in banner pixels

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12/millions-exposed-to-malvertising-that-hid-attack-code-in-banner-pixels/

The “technosphere” now weighs 30 trillion tons

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/the-technosphere-now-weighs-30-trillion-tons/

Also In The February 2017 Issue

This cryptography method is based on the fact some tasks are relatively easy to do, but extremely difficult to undo.

There's a way to find out if your online passwords have been stolen, and how to prevent it.

Racket is a fun and easy programming language to learn because it's all about creating colors and shapes as you learn.

Networks are a mostly hidden but critical part of the internet.

Surveillance cameras, satellites, RFID tags, and social media activities all create unique digital footprints.

Developers deal with common problems in their work. Here’s are a few problems and how to overcome them.

Programmers use libraries but instead of books they create and share code, often for free, to help solve common problems.

These cards are a fun way to learn Scratch, look up how to do things, and make applications.

Another mysterious four-letter acronym that helps secure information online.

Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson not only helped make history, they are part of a long line of women in computing

It's almost time to think about summer tech camps if your kids are interested. Here are a few questions to ask.

Your web browser knows (and tells) a lot more about you than you might realize.

When you pick a programming language to learn first, it helps to figure out what software you want to create.

This odd acronym offers security protection beyond your password. Here are a few examples of how 2FA works.

Links from the bottom of all the February 2017 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for February 2017.