Topic: president obama

The White House lays out AI plans, Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, and Ubuntu 16.10—SD Times news digest: Oct. 13, 2016

President Barack Obama will host the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh today to address the future of science and technology and what America can do to advance the frontier of artificial intelligence. To prepare the U.S. for the future of AI, the White House is releasing a report that surveys the current state of … continue reading

Google.org funds projects for people with disabilities, Vulkan developer tools, and a commission to help cybersecurity—SD Times news digest: April 14, 2016

Last spring, Google.org announced Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, which was a contest for nonprofits building technology for people with disabilities. Today, more than 1,000 organizations in more than 88 countries have shared their ideas, and Google has released the list of winners that will receive US$20 million in grants. The organizations that Google is supporting … continue reading

President Obama announces initiative to get kids into computer science

U.S. President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to empower American students from kindergarten to high school to learn computer science. The campaign is called Computer Science for All, and the goal is to equip students with computational thinking skills so they can be more than just consumers of technology. CS for All already … continue reading

jQuery 3.0 beta released, Yahoo’s machine-learning dataset, and Obama’s budget proposal for self-driving cars—SD Times news digest: Jan. 15, 2016

jQuery is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to commemorate that it is announcing the beta release of jQuery 3.0. Version 3.0 is the first major release from jQuery in years. In July, the jQuery team announced the alpha version with jQuery Compat 3.0, but due to Microsoft dropping support for IE8, IE9 and IE10, it … continue reading

White House sides with Oracle in API copyright case

Last year’s appeals court ruling that could—in the opinion of groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation—break software is now supported by the White House. Earlier this year the Supreme Court requested the Obama administration weigh in on the 2014 appeals court decision finding that Google infringed on Oracle copyrights in the use of Java APIs … continue reading

The Linux Code of Conflict, the TechHire Initiative, and Wikimedia’s lawsuit against the NSA—SD Times news digest: March 10, 2015

Linus Torvalds wants Linux developers to play nicer. The Linux creator has proposed a small kernel patch called the Code of Conflict, providing discourse guidelines for the kernel community and laying out mediation steps if anyone feels threatened. “The Linux kernel development effort is a very personal process compared to ‘traditional’ ways of developing software,” … continue reading

The White House’s one-year progress report on Big Data and privacy

The working group President Obama put together to review Big Data and how it affects everyday privacy is releasing a one-year progress report to detail the gains it’s made and what still lies ahead of it. “As more data is collected, analyzed, and stored on both public and private systems, we must be vigilant in … continue reading

Tech world, White House and educators team up for Hour of Code

Today marks the start of Code.org’s second annual Computer Science Education Week, and with it another round of the Hour of Code campaign, this time with even higher goals. This year, President Obama kicked off the festivities with a speech, also taking on the title of “Coder-in-Chief” and becoming the first president to program a … continue reading

Adobe hops on the ConnectED bandwagon

Adobe is committing more than $300 million in software and professional development to President Obama’s ConnectED … continue reading

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