Canadian legislators in the House of Commons recently introduced Bill C-11 to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act. Bill C-11 embodies the principles of Canada’s Digital Charter, which envisions the internet as a tool for both innovation and the public good.
Over the past year, Canadians — just like much of the world — have increasingly lived their lives online. The pandemic pushed us to use the internet in new ways: digital doctor visits, first dates and family dinners over Zoom, grocery shopping via apps.
The pandemic has not only magnified the value of the internet, but also what’s wrong with it. Newsfeeds that spread misinformation. Digital ads that track and target us. Algorithms that make opaque decisions about our credit ratings or our dating lives. Smart speakers that listen to — and store — our every word.
In short: the internet is indispensable — and imperfect.
At this fraught moment in our digital society, Canada has a major opportunity to address much of what’s wrong online. Several weeks ago, Canadian legislators in the House of Commons introduced Bill C-11 to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act.
” grocery or retail points programs often tailor rewards to match the foods and products that members of the program purchase most often, meaning that different people receive different discounts based on the data that has been collected. While this might seem more efficient, it also creates inequality as people that do not use a program’s app cannot access the same modest discounts on everyday essentials available to a member. ” Should there be a law to protect against this?
” Imagine if your Amazon shopping history and habits lived not on Amazon, but in something like a co-op or credit union that you belonged to. You could decide how much of that data Amazon gets to see — and how much you want to hold back. ” How would this be useful, and would it work?
OVER the past few years, artificial intelligence has matured into a collection of powerful technologies that are delivering competitive advantage to businesses across industries. Global AI adoption and investment are soaring. By one account, 37 percent of organizations have deployed AI solutions—up 270 percent from four years ago.1 Analysts forecast global AI spending will more than double over the next three years, topping US$79 billion by 2022
” leaders see AI rapidly transforming their businesses and industries. Fifty-seven percent predict that AI will “substantially transform” their company within the next three years; two-thirds believe that their industry’s transformation will happen within five years. ” How is AI going to impact your major, be it MIS, finance, accounting, marketing…?
” the effect AI will ultimately have on jobs is uncertain: Are we staring at a dim future in which AI-driven automation has made most jobs obsolete, or is AI ushering in a new age characterized by humans working in collaboration with the technologies—augmented by AI capabilities rather than displaced by them? ” This is worth a class discussion to see what students think and why.
“If AI (Artificial Intelligence is the engine, data is the fuel”. This video from technology consulting firm Cognizant does a very nice job of overviewing the digital transformation that companies need to get on board with.
The move to digital, digital transformation, is impacting every business, and every major on campus, let alone every major in the business school. It would be worth having a discussion about how students think digital transformation is going to change marketing, finance, accounting, and any other majors you have in your school
This video highlights that “the great Covid-19 reset” has brought forward the digital transformation. Why is this?
Ellen and Rafael Robles tried to have everything in order for Monday morning when their son, Bento, started school virtually after the holiday break rather than in person: a good desk, chair, headphones and an iPad.
Still, the morning got off to a rocky start for the family in Woodbridge, a suburb of Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.
“The camera was not working. We couldn’t see the teacher. We couldn’t see anything,” recounted Ellen Robles, describing it as “a little bit of a nightmare.”
After immediately checking through a parents’ group chat that fellow classmates weren’t experiencing the same issues, she rushed to swap desks with him.
“He’s working at her [home] office with her computer, and she’s working from his desk with his iPad,” said Rafael Robles.
He said the family is now looking at getting another computer for Bento so he can do his online classes.
The first prediction is that self-driving cars will put Uber out of business, because there will be a platform (possible built by Tesla) that will allow you to let your Tesla go and make money for you by being a self-driving taxi. What are your thoughts on this?
What are some changes that could happen in your city or town if car ownership essentially went away as you can just hail a self-driving car when you need one?
Learn how to recognize the precursors of the latest ransomware threat and protect your organization. The FBI recently released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory warning of imminent ransomware attacks on healthcare and the public health sector. In this fast-paced, technical talk, we will show you real examples of the Ryuk ransomware, including indicators to watch for on your network. We will step through the warning, show you samples of a Trickbot infection which is one of the precursors to Ryuk, discuss the techniques of the cybercriminal gang behind the operation. Finally, learn tactics for detecting this stealthy threat, and effective ways to respond once you discover it.
Specific topics include: * Identify early warning signs of the impending ransomware attack * Understand how to properly contain the sophisticated malware off your network * Learn tactics for preventing or mitigating ransomware attacks
* Identify early warning signs of the impending ransomware attack * Understand how to properly contain the sophisticated malware off your network * Learn tactics for preventing or mitigating ransomware attacks
Amazon plans to sell companies a way to detect when staff are not wearing face masks or socially distancing.
Beyond the pandemic, the system could also be used to track compliance of other workplace rules or to monitor the public – for example, to check the number of customers queuing in a store.
It involves retrofitting a box to existing security cameras that can then draw on off-the-shelf AI apps.
But privacy campaigners have raised concerns.
Remote working has already led to an increase in the use of software that checks up on employees, but Amazon’s new solution is focused on tracking people and products in factories, shops and other traditional workplaces.
Amazon says that this technology can be put to tasks such as ” in a retail shop, it could count the number of customers, track their movements and check the length of queues/lines”. How else might this technology be used?
If you installed this technology at a business you are running, would you need to tell your employees that you have installed it?
The largestbattery poweredelectric bus fleet in North America is Canadian. Toronto’s transit system is now running 59 electric buses from three suppliers. And Canadian pioneers like Toronto offer lessons for other transit systems aiming to transition to greener fleets for the low-carbon economy of the future.
Diesel buses are some of the noisier, more polluting vehicles on the urban roads. Going electric could have big benefits.
Emissions reductions are the main reason the federal government aims to add 5,000 electric buses to Canada’s transit and school fleets by the end of 2024. New funding announced this week as part of the government’s fall fiscal update could also give programs to electrify transit systems a boost.
Electric vehicles are a technology-driven service. What sorts of services could you package around this?
” Having never bought electric buses before, the city had no specifications for what it needed in an electric bus, so it decided to try all three suppliers: Winnipeg-based New Flyer; BYD, which is headquartered in Shenzhen, China; and California-based Proterra. ” Many, if not most companies that buy new software or switch to cloud software provider have never bought this before. Why don’t these companies do what Toronto did with electric buses and try out all three suppliers?