Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada’s tech innovation

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Canada’s federal court has issued an injunction banning several companies from distributing set-top boxes with pre-loaded software, despite the fact that everyone agrees the boxes also have legitimate uses.  Source: Toronto Star Date: August 25th, 2016 Link: Set top boxes Discussion 1) At issue here is ” set-top boxes that turn standard televisions into “smart TVs,” enabling users… Read more »

What became of Toronto’s push for free public Wi-Fi?

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Customers at a Toronto Tim Hortons use public Wi-Fi. Some smaller cities in Canada have had more success in providing free public Internet access instead of Toronto, which continues to strive for more Wi-Fi at city parks and facilities as well as in community housing.  Source: Toronto Star Date: August 17th, 2016 Link:Free public wifi in Toronto… Read more »

Technology and the Fight Against Terrorism

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Description: Preventing terrorist plots is harder than ever, and technology is both the problem and the solution. Source: CNN Money Date: November 24, 2015 Violent extremists like ISIS meet in the open on Facebook or Twitter. Then they take the conversation private, using technology called encryption to encode their messages. It’s called “going dark”, and it’s one… Read more »

Students Not Happy with Government Expecting Them to Work for Free, Launch #MyTimeHasValue

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Description: Students are standing up for themselves and proving to the world that their time has worth. Source: Tech Vibes Date: January 16, 2015 Student representatives of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers are issuing a call to the creative community to speak out against speculative work by sharing the message “My Time Has Value.” Read more Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Facebook Conducted Another Secret Experiment On Users

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Description: Once again, Facebook is up to their old tricks again organizing social experiments on it’s users, unbeknownst to anyone. Source: Huffington Post Date: November 3, 2014   Facebook quietly tweaked the news feeds of 1.9 million users before the 2012 election so they would see more “hard news” shared by friends. That change may have boosted voter turnout… Read more »

Federal Government: We Will Reduce Roaming Costs on Canadian Network

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Description: Canadians are fully aware of the exorbitant wireless service fees they are charged every month, but now here’s some good news. The federal government intends to reduce costs – including roaming charges while outside of the country. Source: Techvibes Date: October 17, 2013  The Canadian government admits we as consumers pay a lot of money… Read more »

Obama Calls for Tech Research ‘Not Seen Since Height of Space Race’

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Description: In his State of The Union address Barack Obama recommended that the US explore the tech industry to uncover and develop innovative business models and markets.  This is good news for the tech industry and potentially, good news for the United States. Source: Mashable Date: February 13th, 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama called for a level… Read more »

Social media changes back-to-school experience

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Description: Social media has changed the experience of going back to school for kids. By using social media to stay in-touch throughout the summer, kids are able to draw on each others shared content to start conversations and meet new friends. However, for some this might mean enduring more bullying than before. Source: CBC.ca Date:… Read more »

Online Data Helping Campaigns Customize Ads

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Description: Political campaigns, which have borrowed tricks from Madison Avenue for decades, are now fully engaged on the latest technological frontier in advertising: aiming specific ads at potential supporters based on where they live, the Web sites they visit and their voting records. Source: nytimes.com Date: Feb 20, 2012 In recent primaries, two kinds of… Read more »

In Nonstop Whirlwind of Campaigns, Twitter Is a Critical Too

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Description: When Newt Gingrich said in a recent debate that he was a man of “grandiose” ideas, Mitt Romney’s campaign pounced. It sent mocking Twitter messages with a hashtag, “#grandiosenewt”, encouraging voters to add their own examples of occasions when they felt Mr. Gingrich had been “grandiose.” Source: nytimes .com Date: Jan 28, 2012 With… Read more »