Coronavirus crisis highlights internet access inequality across Saskatchewan

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Barb Stamatinos had been on a waiting list for four years to get internet access when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.    Stamatinos is an administrator with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and she is wondering why her family has had to install essential technology on their Jedburgh, Sask., area farm northwest of Yorkton, at their own cost… Read more »

Telcos say new anti-spoofing technology won’t fully roll out this year

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Canada’s big phone companies warned MPs on a parliamentary committee Tuesday their networks aren’t yet ready to implement new anti-spoofing technology to guard against fake calls — and many existing landline phones and cellphones will need to be upgraded in order for the technology to be effective. Representatives from Bell, Rogers and Telus appeared Tuesday before… Read more »

Privacy watchdogs to probe Clearview AI’s facial-recognition technology

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The federal privacy watchdog and three of his provincial counterparts will jointly investigate Canadian use of facial-recognition technology supplied by U.S. firm Clearview AI. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he will be joined in the probe by ombudsmen from British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. The investigation follows media reports that raised concerns about whether the… Read more »

Is anyone really surprised Iowa’s caucus app failed?

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If you think everyone who designs software is a genius, remember that software developers created Healthcare.gov, Windows 8 and iCloud. And they redesigned Snapchat. User interfaces are tricky, and they too often take intuition for granted. Bugs happen. And developers are human, eager to rush their products out the door — often before they’ve been adequately tested.That appears to… Read more »

Iowa caucus: Chaos at key vote as results delayed

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Results from voting in Iowa, the first round in the contest to pick a Democratic candidate to face President Donald Trump, have been plunged into chaos by apparent technology issues. The state’s Democratic party said the holdup was a “reporting issue”, adding that it expected to “have numbers to report later today [Tuesday]”. Source: BBC… Read more »

Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

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A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum. A quick reminder: Vote Leave was the official leave campaign in the referendum on the UK’s membership… Read more »

Scammers spoofing more than a dozen federal government departments to defraud Canadians

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Scam artists are using phone numbers from more than a dozen federal government departments to defraud Canadians — making it look as if the calls are coming from legitimate government agencies and police departments — CBC News has learned. Some of the calls tell potential victims that their social insurance numbers have been compromised. Others are told… Read more »

Researchers found evidence of Twitter troll activity in the last week of the Canadian federal election

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Some of the most active #TrudeauMustGo accounts had profiles linking them with Trump and the American right Source: CBC News Date: October 25th, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/twitter-trolls-maga-trump-2019-election-1.5334038 Discussion How did the research deduce that a tweet was a “twitter troll”? If researchers can figure out that someone is a “twitter troll”, why can’t Twitter figure this… Read more »