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Getting Teens To Understand The Dangers Of Texting While Driving

Neil Seeman | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Online counter-marketing succeeds only if teens tell other teens how ridiculously uncool and unsafe it is to text or speak into a phone while driving. Yet the dominant form of teenage communication is texting. This poses a public policy conundrum: how best do we change teen behaviour?

This Is How We Can Use The Internet To Improve Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The world wide web is filled with health advice. Unfortunately, recommendations may not be all that reliable. That's why many public health professionals look down on this type of consultation. That being said, this trend has risen over the years and shows no signs of slowing.

Canada Should Not Follow Europe's Example In Taxing Online Purchases

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Business
Mathieu Bédard

There has been some debate in Canada recently over the issue of sales taxes when making purchases on the Internet from abroad. Right now, when Canadians buy products and services, such as clothes or movie streaming subscriptions, from online vendors located abroad, it is the consumers who are responsible for declaring sales taxes.

Why Nobody Predicted Trump Or Brexit

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

Big Data and artificial general intelligence companies, the new darlings of Silicon Valley and organizations concerned with international security, should pay heed to what has happened this year. The Brexit vote proved that assumptions of fact, the springboard for all deductive or inductive reasoning-- are heavily prone to human error.

Taking Public Policy Online Gives Canadians A New Voice In Politics

Victor Choi | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

Under the leadership of the Liberals, our federal government is investing in digital staff and infrastructure (Conservatives have done so as well, but not to this scale and depth). We are catching up to corporations in how they listen to and engage customers to manage issues, drive innovation and build loyalty.

Hey, Big Spender (You're Kind Of A Douchebag)

Mike Sholars | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

We live in a world where those with various forms of privilege -- gender, racial or monetary -- are dunking on the rest of us all the time. There's no corner of society where those who were lucky enough to be born into a good situation (and let's be real: it's a luck thing) don't reap the benefits. But we try our best to push on and get what we can in our own way. It's life as we know it. Until some guy gets a feature article in reputable magazine in the biggest city in the country just to tell boring-ass stories about how great it is to be rich, and how we should all try it sometime.

After 10 Years, What's Next For Digital Commerce?

Cameron Schmidt | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Cameron Schmidt

The smartphone is not only becoming our primary source for Internet use -- it's dramatically changing money, and how we transact. What we're seeing today is a fundamental change in the evolution of money, driven by mobile that has -- and will continue to have -- major implications for retail and digital commerce.

Canadian Internet Is Even Better Than Advertised: CRTC

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business

Maybe it's time to stop complaining.

Don't Regulate The 4th Industrial Revolution To A Standstill

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
Mathieu Bédard

Access to the Internet and its economic ecosystem increases productivity in virtually all sectors of the economy. Not only does it provide small and medium enterprises with access to the global marketplace, it also gives them access to the back office, shipping, tracking logistics, and other support capabilities that were once restricted to large corporations.

Is Affordable Internet As Important As Affordable Housing?

Derek James From | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Derek James From

Whether it's Internet access or affordable housing -- the same problem presents itself. Government interference drives up prices while constraining the problem solving power of a free market. Consumer advocacy groups should be fighting for less interference, fewer regulations, and a less powerful bureaucracy. The solution is never more government. It's less.

Bell's CRTC Appeal Will Raise Internet Prices, Reduce Investment

Josh Tabish | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Josh Tabish

The CRTC's rules were designed to allow independent ISPs to sell blazing-fast fibre Internet services to customers in the marketplace. Experts believe that will help make fibre available to millions of Canadians who would otherwise could not afford these important but very expensive services.

The Online World Isn't Always Nice And Can Be Quite Nasty

Maureen McGrath | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen McGrath

More adults report cyberbullying than adolescents according to Cyberbullying.org an organization aimed at providing advice for targets of cyberbullying. The most common types of cyberbullying are being called offensive names and purposeful embarrassment.

The Battle Over The Future Of Broadband In Canada

Michael Geist | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The issue of affordable high-speed Internet access in Canada is no better exemplified than through the actions and beliefs of three mayors across the country: Toronto's John Tory, Ottawa's Jim Watson, and Calgary's Naheed Nenshi. The way each city's mayor submitted letters to the federal government either defending the interests of Bell or the CRTC can show us a lot about how each leader intends to approach broadband infrastructure in their municipalities.

When Blogging Replaced Diaries

Steven Shehori | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Steven Shehori

We humans are a social species, and as much as we may insist otherwise, audiences give our lives value. For some its emotional value. For others, intellectual or professional. But we all seek it out. And unlike those dark pre-internet days (pre-Web 2.0, to be more accurate), the audience is out there, ready to be engaged.

Liberal Copyright Reform May Nix Canadian Access To U.S. Netflix

Michael Geist | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The prospect of considering expanded blocking for copyright purposes validates the fears of civil liberties groups that the introduction of blocking requirements invariably expands to cover a wider net of content. Canadian copyright was already on track for a boisterous debate in the coming years with changes such as copyright term extension mandated by the Trans Pacific Partnership and a review of the law scheduled for 2017. If government officials envision adding VPN usage, access to U.S. Netflix and website blocking to the list of issues, copyright could emerge as one of the government's most difficult and controversial issues.

Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Digital Age

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Vinderine

It's a scary world out there. By out there I mean the cyber world we enter every time we tweet, post, like, google or pin. I would venture to say that as a parent, it is even scarier. With the number of hours our children spend on devices these days, every click potentially opens them up to dangers that as parents we need to ensure we are protecting them from.

It's Time To Get Serious About Ad Blocking

Joseph Donia | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

The reason ad blocking has been met with so much fervor, is that it challenges the very basis upon which much of the internet is run and financed. The public accesses content for free, in exchange for seeing ads that produce income for the creators of such content. The ethical dilemma has been framed as the following: does the public have a right to both consume the content, and block ads?

Canadians Are Crowdsourcing Justin Trudeau's Government

Pascal Zamprelli | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Pascal Zamprelli

Life in the public square is playing itself out online, only the Internet has made the square bigger, more diverse, and capable of operating in real time. With every decision our government makes (or must make), social media in particular allow us to quickly gather, share, discuss, debate, suggest and demand, effectively crowdsourcing solutions to the questions facing the nation. And by the looks of things, Canadians will have suggestions for Justin Trudeau every step of the way.

Feds Looking At Warrantless Access To Internet Info Because.. Why Not?

CP | Jim Bronskill | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Politics

Police say they need "real-time, or near real-time" access to basic subscriber info to investigate everything from child sexual exploitation to terrorist threats

The Crackdown on Domain Privacy Has to Stop

David Christopher | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Large media conglomerates are piling on the pressure to ban these privacy protection services for any domains used for "commercial purposes". They're trying to make it even easier to access people's private contact information, so that they can sue domain owners who they accuse of copyright infringements.

Canada Could Become a Global Leader in the Internet of Things

Brad Fisher | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business
Brad Fisher

The idea of Canada taking a global leadership role in this emerging technology is appealing, and achievable, in light of our impressive made-in-Canada capabilities. First, we've built world-leading infrastructure including ubiquitous telecom networks with ample bandwidth that enables us to communicate quickly and efficiently from coast to coast.

Parents: Help Your Kids Say "No!" to the #KylieJennerChallenge

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As parents, we have an obligation to counter the messages and images that our children are bombarded with, particularly now. If we don't put a stop to it, we're destined to have a whole generation that is not only insecure, but psychologically scarred as well. Here are some tips to help your tween/teen.

We Should Impose These Requirements On Publicly-Funded University Graduates

David Martin | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Business
David Martin

Where once we took pride in turning out engineers, architects, doctors, accountants and lawyers who built bridges, buildings and companies and helped better and even save lives, now we venerate those whose single pursuit is great wealth. It's hard to see what purpose Wall Street quants and click-driven Web virologists serve except to further the notion that all that matters is money.

Top 7 Reasons to Avoid Internet Lists

David Martin | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
David Martin

They're written by idiots for idiots. Well, they're not exactly written by idiots because the writers are clever enough to create a headline that gets us to click on it like Pavlovian dogs. But there's little doubt that we, the readers, are not the sharpest clickers on the keyboard.

How the CRTC Is Keeping Canada's Telecom Giants in Check

Josh Tabish | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Josh Tabish

you may not live in the U.S., but many of your favourite websites do. In the end, rules that impact those sites will eventually impact you. And as countries around the world continue to contemplate net neutrality rules, it will be important to show the leadership of Canada's CRTC, the United States' FCC, and others to urge policy-makers around the globe to follow suit.