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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.

Don't Blame Facebook for Cyberbullying

Jesse Miller | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jesse Miller

Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours. It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.

You Think You Know Google's Algorithm, But You Have No Idea

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

There are few things in life we can count on: death, taxes and changes to Google's algorithm. What does that mean? It means the same tricks that helped a company rank high last year may no longer help. In fact, they may hurt.

Defending a Free and Open Internet

David Christopher | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Impact
David Christopher

Internet freedoms are absolutely essential to protecting democratic values in an interconnected age. They are also increasingly under siege. To defend the open Internet, hundreds of thousands of people and organizations, including OpenMedia.org, have come together to support the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

Why Your URL Bar Matters, and Why Silicon Valley Should Take Note

Neil Seeman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada
Neil Seeman

If you use the Internet, you've likely used something in the last month, but it's not something at the top of your lips: the URL bar. It's also called...

Didn't Meet Your Spouse Online? You're More Likely to Divorce

r/ally | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

If you're on the lookout for a spouse, ladies and gentlemen, look no further than your computer. According to a latest study, couples who met online have higher levels of marital satisfaction and are less likely to split up than those who were first introduced in offline venues.

How to Be a WiFi Bandit While On the Road

Lisa Ng | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Business
Lisa Ng

When I leave the country to explore another, I usually take my laptop and phone with me to work on the fly and to check-in on things back home. The problem with using your smartphone in the U.S. or overseas is that data rates can get super expensive. Here are a couple places where you can be a WiFi bandit while travelling.

Rogers Plans Cheaper Internet For Low-Income People

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Business

A Rogers Communications initiative will help “bridge Canada's digital divide” by providing residents of Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC) wit...

Porn Is Too Serious For Kids of Any Age

Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick

Why is porn not being policed on the net? Regardless of your opinion on the existence of porn in the world at large, children of any age SHOULD NOT have access to it. This is serious stuff. It deserves our undivided attention. Especially because kids, by and large, learn much by modelling behaviour they see.

Grimes, Bieber And Frank Ocean Win The Internet

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaron Brophy | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Montreal electro-popster Grimes and breakout R&B star Frank Ocean were announced as 2013 Webby Award winners in New York earlier today. But the du...

Mommy Bloggers Are Working Women, Too

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

As part of her attempts to win the womens' vote for this election, Christy Clark and her various women and mom-focused ministers have been inviting moms and working women to small round table discussions to raise awareness about what the Liberal government can do to help mothers and working mothers in particular. The biggest issue that was brought up over and over was childcare. Due to love of career or by pure financial necessity, more women are working AND raising families and AFFORDABLE childcare has to be part of this juggling act. However what was emphasized also was FLEXIBLE childcare. Why? Because working mothers are not settling back into traditional 9-to-5 positions or even the few remaining shift work employment available out there. What are working mothers doing now? We are creating our OWN work.

The Next Big Thing in Funding Innovation

Steven Uster | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

While it took a few years after the financial crisis for financial services start-ups to get their business models refined to the point where they can come to market they are here now, and these alternative financial services technology companies are becoming viable and increasingly common sources of financing for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

New Media to Old Media: Adapt or Perish

Justin Beach | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Business
Justin Beach

Anything that there is a demand for on the Internet, will exist on the Internet. If the old news media is unprofitable and disappears, it will be replaced by something new and probably better. It is true that the Internet is changing the media, very rapidly but those who claim that it is "killing the media" or any part of it are generally those who haven't been able to adapt.

Watching the Watchdog: Will This Man Bring Quality to Online Journalism?

Tim Knight | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

He's young, lean, handsome, well over six feet tall, has dark, curly hair, a smile that makes women go weak at the knees, wants to build a better world and is the son of a famous Liberal Party leader. No, he's not the one you're thinking of. Instead of trying to become the next prime minister of Canada, this one's trying something even tougher.

Teaching Our Kids Not to Treat the Internet as a Private Diary

Hessie Jones | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Living
Hessie Jones

I get that kids need an outlet to vent. I get that kids need to be with others who understand what they're going through. But this world of social has created an environment that eventually strings them along a path to a point where the very information they created can be their greatest demise.

How Paying for Internet at Home Helps You Save Money

Paul Barter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

Simply by reading this, there could be a cheque with your name on it in the amount of $8,870 or more -- this year, next year and every year thereafter. Where do these huge savings come from? From simple, common sense things like price matching online, buying online, digital coupons, or finding cheap or free ways to solve problems. The average Internet connected family frees up thousands of dollars without giving up anything at all.

Will This Bill Kill Online Spying?

Catherine Hart | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Catherine Hart

The current terrain of Canadian spying legislation is complex. Bill C-30 is dead, and that is cause to celebrate. But it's also important to remain vigilant. Serious questions remain over bill C-55 and its so-called "emergency" situations, as well as how long authorities can continue to monitor communications after getting approval for intercept. At the same time, bill C-55 represents an opportunity to limit warrantless wiretaps to emergency situations only. Such a stipulation would prevent future attempts at mass surveillance along the lines of bill C-30.

Is the Harlem Shake Meme Cultural Appropriation?

Huda Hassan | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Huda Hassan

The most recent online sensation created by dimwits with access to cameras is the Harlem Shake meme. However, the name of the meme has recently become a topic of discussion and controversy for some, particularly after a group of Harlemites responded to the new Harlem Shake meme in a video released last week. Arguably, the Harlem Shake meme is a form of cultural appropriation in that it is the popular use (and misuse) of a cultural artifact to black culture by a predominantly white crowd. Most importantly, this new Harlem Shake has already began to eradicate the original Harlem Shake from popular culture online.

Just Committed a Crime? Tweet About it and Give Cops a Break

Joshua Slayen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
Joshua Slayen

Social Media has evolved into an invaluable tool for law enforcement professionals to track crime. Furthermore, nowadays, there is story after story being written about criminals that do stupid things online to get busted, and they have only themselves to blame.

Shadows of Liberty Peels Back The Corporate Layers of Mainstream Media

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

This isn't a newsflash when I publicly declare that we're constantly bombarded by the noise of politicos professing their strategic talking points, su...

Three Predictions About the Internet That (Kind of) Came to Pass

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

In this era of Big Data, three visions of the future of the Internet have crystallized. Depending on which vision emerges as correct will impact knowledge-generation forever. There's the Zuckerberg Vision, the Tim Berners-Lee Vision and the Jimmy Wales Vision.

Why We Self-Censor When We Read Online

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Living
Adam Kingsmith

The Internet not only changes what media we view, but how we view it. In order to avoid being overwhelmed by informational anxiety as so much data prattles uncontrollably at us from our screens, we have subconsciously become our own content editors and censorship committees, determining for ourselves which sites are worth frequenting and which ones are not, what content is good and what content is bad.