Is the world wide web a waste of water?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, cloud services, Ethical Issues, Green Computing, Green Tech.

Researchers at Imperial College London made headlines last year when they claimed that up to 200 litres of water could be involved in the download of a single gigabyte (GB) of data. Source: BBC News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37471911 Discussion 1) “Whenever you check social media, send an email, or stream a video, you will be… Read more »

Competition heats up to build Canada’s first Arctic fibre line, as Inuit want in

Posted by & filed under bandwidth, Consumer Technology.

High-speed fibre-optic internet could finally be coming to Nunavut, with two groups now competing to run subsea cables through the Arctic archipelago. For the past year, Nunavut Resource Corporation, which is partly owned by the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, has been lobbying the federal government for support for a new $850-million plan to build onto existing fibre optic networks in Labrador, Quebec and the… Read more »

Yahoo scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.

Posted by & filed under Cybersecurity, Ethical Issues, IS ethics, IT and the law.

Yahoo has downplayed a report that said it had scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.  Reuters made the allegation recently, saying Yahoo had created special software to comply with a classified directive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 11th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37568106 Discussion 1) Every email was scanned.  “Sources had told said… Read more »

Clayton Christensen: The Theory of Jobs To Be Done

Posted by & filed under Competitive advantage, Emerging Technologies.

In today’s digital age, business executives collect reams of data as they try to develop the next must-have product for consumers, yet corporate innovation efforts remain painfully hit or miss.  A recent McKinsey poll found that 84 percent of global executives said innovation was extremely important for business growth, yet 94 percent were dissatisfied with… Read more »

‘Think about the future’: Kids face up to the dangers of sexting

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In a world where sexting — digital flirting  — can create devastating personal and and legal problems, Grade 4 students in Nova Scotia are learning how to stay safe online.  Like many teachers and school boards across Canada, educators at Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg are making online safety a priority. Source: CBC Technology News Date: October 6th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/teens-sexting-education-1.3789913 Discussion 1) What sort of technology… Read more »

No connectivity: the internet ‘blackout zone’ that is rural Canada

Posted by & filed under bandwidth, Competitive advantage, Consumer Technology, Ethical Issues.

An Ottawa Valley family’s monumental struggle to get broadband internet shows that a significant geographic digital divide still exists in Canada, even for those who aren’t very far from urban centres.  “I live an hour from our nation’s capital, 10 minutes from the town of Renfrew on a busy highway,” says Kevin LeGris.  “I’m in… Read more »

How people use their phones in bed

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Fifteen million people in the UK [that’s about a quarter] are disrupting their sleep patterns by looking at their mobile phones and other devices, with a third of them checking for messages at night and more than a sixth replying to them. Source: BBC Business Date: October 4th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37471676 Discussion 1) How might this behavior impact… Read more »