Canada Internet

There's Something Catholic About YouTube Confessions

Michael Harris | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Harris

Recently, I spent a glum and rainy afternoon scrolling through a couple dozen YouTube testimonials from bullied and traumatized youths. I found that the narrative tradition these videos most closely resemble is not a literary one at all -- it's the Catholic tradition of confession.

Why We Must Teach Digital Natives How to Be Alone

Michael Harris | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Harris

I believe the most crucial thing we need to teach digital natives is how to be alone. Every communication technology -- from papyrus to the printing press to Pinterest -- brought us great gifts; they also led us away from earlier frames of mind. And, in the case of the Internet and smartphones, that may leave us with impoverished interior lives.

The TPP Censorship Circus Could Change The Way We Use The Internet Forever

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

In today's world where digital innovation is driven by the ability to access and leverage the open Internet, the TPP proposes regressive Internet regulations that would be imposed on 12 countries party to the agreement (including Canada) by unaccountable U.S. conglomerates, with little to no meaningful consultation with the public.

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

A$AP Ferg: 'I Don't Care About Money, I Just Want To Change The World'

The Huffington Post Canada | Devon Murphy | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada Music

If you’re into hip-hop you know that A$AP Rocky isn’t the only member of the Mob who can draw a crowd. This was the year of Ferg. "Trap Lord,"...

Bankers Beware: Here Comes Disruption

Diane Francis | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Toronto's and Ontario's cash cow -- banking -- is going to face increasingly rough seas. This won't happen immediately, but a steadily downward trajectory affecting profits and employment is clear. At a recent high-level conference in New York on the future of finance, the news was great for consumers but grim for the world's bankers.

Is Anonymity the Future of the Internet?

Hessie Jones | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada
Hessie Jones

Right now we're in a world that sees  transparency as the new form of integrity. Right now we're in a world that understands that reputation is every...

Don't Attribute Posts That 'Go Viral' To Neuroscience

Neil Seeman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Business leaders so desperately want to understand how the brain works in order to improve their bottom line such that they will invest oodles of cash in the offerings of digital companies that claim to have neuroscientific validity. And an article about "going viral" in Harvard Business Review by a best-selling author and esteemed academic from Harvard will, by definition, go viral.

Why Our Future Depends on a Neutral Internet

Global Shapers Community Ottawa | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada
Global Shapers Community Ottawa

Just as no one living in 1914 could have foreseen the exponential horrors of the Second World War a mere twenty-five years later, likewise today we face the simultaneous onslaught of technological advances and government-sanctioned invasions of privacy, whose combined long-term ramifications for humanity are simply unknowable.

Rogers Is Trying to Block You From Watching 'Hockey Night' Online

David Christopher | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Rogers is gearing up to cut off millions of hockey fans from being able to watch Hockey Night in Canada online. Bell and Rogers are using their power and control over our media options to force Canadians into subscribing to what many now view as the outdated medium of TV.

We Should Adopt Open Data, With Caution

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

We believe making data free and open needs to be guided to ensure high impact and meaningful engagement. Successful open data initiatives show that artfully "guided advice" by researchers on how to use the data is important. We cannot let "open data hype" get in the way of the real goal: engagement and mashing up data to deliver high ROI.

The Three Letters That Run Global Commerce

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

The DNS phone book helps humans navigate the underlying complexity of the Internet. Humans don't remember long numbers very well. They remember names much better. Hence the invention of DNS for University, government and then corporate email -− well before the proliferation of websites.

Why Your Children Don't Need to Hear 'Because I Said So'

Brett Caron | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

It's 1992, and you're six years old. You're in a classroom that hasn't changed much since your parents sat there (despite the welcome lack of nuns in ...

Attack Plagiarism but Defend Student Creativity

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Many years later, now ensconced in the Internet software world, I have learned just how skilled young students are in the ways of mosaic plagiarism. I believe in the rule of law and the science of intellectual property law. Yet encouraging creativity in young minds should be paramount for any teacher.

Hell May Have Frozen Over, but Niagara Falls Did Not

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

The tweet from the Ontario Newspaper Awards caught my attention on a frigid Wednesday night: "@ChicagoPhotoSho: Niagara Falls has frozen over today." It seemed like a credible enough source. The ONAs, as industry folk call them, are widely respected. But Niagara Falls did not actually freeze.

Canada Should Listen to Australia on Internet Censorship

David Christopher | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership could wreak havoc on Canada's economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause.

Don't Mistake 'Likes' on Facebook For Real Social Change

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

"Clicking" on Facebook to save the life of a child in the poorest regions of the world, language that seeps in to pricey corporate social responsibility campaigns online, encourages clicktivism and slacktivism. For any important issue, such as electoral reform, clicking on a petition or 'liking' a YouTube clip doesn't cut it.

Could the Cable T.V. Model Save Online News?

David Martin | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Business
David Martin

The newspaper industry has yet to come to terms with the Internet. With decreasing circulation figures and declining ad revenues, daily papers haven't figured out how to turn a profit from their online readership. There have been numerous attempts at getting online users to pay, few of which have worked.

Stop Big Telecom's Stranglehold on Canadian Households

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

The CRTC and the government should stop playing whack a mole and fully open up our networks by splitting them from Big Telecom control so Canadians can access all providers on an equal basis. We've seen again and again how Big Telecom will take any chance they can to mistreat and price-gouge Canadians, and it's time to make some common sense reforms.

Internet Safety Begins at Home

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's a brave new world in which we're living and digital technology has upped the ante in the parenting realm. As parents of younger children as well as tweens and adolescents, we have to take the digital world seriously. Our children's safety is at stake.

6 Reasons Your Canadian Business Needs To Go Digital

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

Canadians are plugged in more now than than ever before. From how long we use the Internet, to our level of website engagement, to our appetite for online video, Canada is on top of the world when it comes to everything online. This is great news for marketers and advertisers.

SavvyMom Roundup: Wimpy Men, 1986 and Internet Addiction

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Wimpy men, 1986, Oreo cookies and internet addiction centres all caught my attention this week now that the kids are back at school.

Trolling - I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Seb FoxAllen

You may have noticed variations of the term "online trolling" creeping their way into the style guides of your favourite news outlets over the past year. What the Internet need not attempt is to expunge trolls. Instead, the digital class must work towards a renegotiation of its idioms. A key part of this process will be coaxing more nuance from terms like trolls and trolling, insisting on new ways of delineating the undesirable from the criminal: the process from the by-product. Resist the rush to concede the perch of the troll; it's all many of us have left.

The Lesser-Known Elections That Truly Shape Canada's Freedom

David Christopher | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada
David Christopher

Every year, CIRA holds elections and, just like electing a politician to represent your views about how the country should be run, you can elect the CIRA board to represent your views about how the country's Internet should be run. These elections are important. CIRA has considerable resources that could be put more forcefully towards ensuring Canadians have open and affordable options for Internet access. This year four places on CIRA's board are up for election.

A Top 10 To Do List for Keeping Canada's Internet Open

David Christopher | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Ensuring Canada has an accessible, affordable, surveillance-free, and open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness. Minister James Moore has the power to take on Canada's entrenched Big Telecom giants. Here are 10 actions Minister Moore should take to leave a lasting positive legacy for Canadian Internet users.