Digital privacy law is being updated for the first time in decades, and it’s imperative we get it right

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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… Read more »

Talent and workforce effects in the age of AI

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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… Read more »

The Future of Work

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“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. Source: Cognizant Date: January 14th, 2021 Link to 5 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaV15TrfC_o&feature=youtu.be Discussion The move to digital, digital transformation,… Read more »

Students struggle as school goes online-only in 4 provinces after Christmas break

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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… Read more »

Predictions for 2021 by Elon Musk

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Source: YouTube Date: January 5th, 2021 Link to 15 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKUOkiKHD8U Discussion 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…. Read more »

How to make your online shopping less of an environmental or carbon footprint mess

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Canada Post is expecting a significant increase in holiday packages this year due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t have to mean a higher carbon footprint, according to logistics experts.  Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Date: December 14th, 2020 Link (includes 6 minute podcast as well as the article): https://www.cbc.ca/radio/costofliving/you-ve-got-mail-looking-at-delivery-from-shippers-to-drivers-to-receivers-1.5836658/how-to-make-your-online-shopping-less-of-an-environmental-or-carbon-footprint-mess-1.5836703 Discussion Why is important for digital companies… Read more »

Inside the November FBI Ransomware Alert – See Real Images of Ryuk Ransomware in Action!

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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… Read more »

Amazon’s Panorama box lets firms check if staff follow coronavirus rules

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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… Read more »

What cities can learn from the biggest battery-powered electric bus fleet in North America

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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… Read more »