Digital Solutions Can Help Even the Poorest Nations Prosper

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AMONG THE SPENDING choices for governments of poorer nations, kick-starting the technological revolution may at first seem like a low priority. Compared with critical infrastructure, healthcare, or schools, improved digital access and less waiting times for birth certificates feel like luxuries that should come further down the road, or perhaps be left to private enterprise. But… Read more »

Russia, Facebook, the US election and when 126 million isn’t 126 million

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As many as 126 million Americans may have seen content uploaded to Facebook by Russia-based operatives since 2015.  That’s nearly half of the 270 million Americans who are old enough to be allowed a Facebook profile.  The figure comes from the social network itself, which along with Google and Twitter, is preparing for a Senate hearing where… Read more »

Could Estonia be the first “digital country”?

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Estonia says it’s the first country in the world to offer “e-residency” – granting anyone in the world a digital government ID and access to online services. Source: BBC Future News Date: October 20th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171019-could-estonia-be-the-first-digital-country Discussion 1) “in 2007, an infamous crisis in which Russia waged what’s considered the first cyberwar on Estonia. Banks had their servers… Read more »

Inside Cuba’s D.I.Y. Internet Revolution

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Source: Wired Magazine Date: October 10th. 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/07/inside-cubas-diy-internet-revolution/ Discussion 1) “Every week, more than a terabyte of data is packaged into external hard drives known as el paquete semanal (“the weekly package”). It is the internet distilled down to its purest, most consumable, and least interactive form: its content. This collection of video, song, photo, and text files from the… Read more »

Google’s Search Changes May Not Level Playing Field

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GOOGLE WILL ALLOW rivals to bid on coveted advertising spots that it previously reserved for itself at the top of product search results in Europe, but there are widespread doubts that the move will create meaningful competition. Source: Wired Magazine Date: September 28th, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/story/googles-search-changes-wont-really-level-playing-field/ Discussion 1) “Google’s plan to auction space at the top of search results… Read more »

Social media and censorship in China: how is it different to the West?

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China has disrupted WhatsApp in a censorship drive ahead of the government’s Communist Party meeting next month.  It has only been accessible through virtual private networks (VPNs) at times – but even some of them are being blocked.  Other social media platforms, which people in the West use every day, are also banned in mainland China.  Instead they’re replaced by… Read more »

How Facebook knows you’re Jewish

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Facebook is wishing some of its “Jewish” users a Happy New Year.  Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began Wednesday evening — and some Facebook users received a celebratory message when they logged in. While the note was well received by some, others questioned how exactly the social network was aware of their religious affiliation. In some… Read more »

Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity

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There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to flee the nation’s borders and take with them everything they’ve learned. It undervalues breakthroughs developed and paid for by Canadian taxpayers. It’s a mindset that resents the success of others. It’s a bad case of tall poppy syndrome…. Read more »

‘Shot Spotter’ a key technology in arrest of Fresno shooter

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Fresno Police Chief, Jerry Dyer, says his department’s ‘Shot Spotter’ technology detected gunfire on Tuesday that led to the quick apprehension of Kori Ali Muhammad, accused of fatally shooting three men. Source: Toronto Star Date: April 25th, 2017 Link to video: https://www.thestar.com/news/2017/04/20/-shot-spotter-a-key-technology-in-arrest-of-fresno-shooter.html Discussion 1) “Shot spotter” technology means that very high fidelity microphones are placed in an area… Read more »

Mobile phone motion sensors can be used to crack your PIN

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A new study has revealed just how easy it is for hackers to use the sensors in mobile devices to crack four-digit PINs and to access a wide variety of other information about users. Cyber-security experts from Newcastle University in the U.K. found that once a mobile user visits a website, code embedded on the page could then use… Read more »