Canada Internet

It's Time To Get Serious About Ad Blocking

Joseph Donia | Posted 10.28.2015 | 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 10.28.2015 | 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 08.24.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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.

If You Put it on the Internet, It's Content

Shirley Williams | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Your entire "content portfolio" reflects who you are and hence becomes part of your personal brand. I believe anything that you comment, share, recommend and "like" are also part of your content portfolio.

We Need To Fight For a Free and Open Internet in 2015

David Christopher | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Do we want an Internet that works for everyday citizens -- or one dominated by powerful bureaucracies, be they spy agencies, giant telecom conglomerates, or powerful Hollywood lobbyists? If we want a free and open Internet that works for all of us then we're going to have to fight for it.

Your Confidential Emails Aren't As Secure As You Think

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Just like a postcard, an email passes through a lot of different people's easy access. The average email is fully stored and searchable on about six computers. Astonishingly however, lawyers, accountants, political leaders and financial professionals transmit highly confidential information by email.

The Cyber Security Crisis Must be Confronted

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

The number one concern of businesses is -- or should be -- cyber-security. According to the FBI, law firms and accounting firms conducting high value deals are the most targeted by criminals. Cyber issues are now a boardroom matter.

Want an Ad-Free Internet Experience? Pay for it

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

While you're reading this blog post, Google is conducting an experiment that could revolutionize the online advertisement business. This small experiment is called Contributor. It works by asking people for $1, $2 or $3 contributions to their website of choice in exchange for being able to read content without annoying advertisements.

How Frederick Banting Might Attack Ebola

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

I imagined: How would Banting, when physicians feared diabetes the same way we all fear Ebola today, have approached the crisis when technology was similarly undergoing a revolution during the fin de siècle? Banting was possessed of tenacity and optimism.

Canada's Internet Needs to Join the 21st Century

Benjamin Klass | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Business
Benjamin Klass

Mr. Moore, Mr. Harper, Mr. Blais, we have given the large carriers our trust. And they have abused it. It's now up to you -- we need you to work together to ensure that our networks are open to content producers, to innovative service providers, and most of all, to ordinary Canadian citizens. We need more than tweets, more than press releases and pamphlets. We are asking for a firm commitment to ensure that the large network operators will no longer be artificially favoured over upstart innovators and competitors, a commitment to providing Canadians with a bright and lasting digital future.

5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

With recent world events escalating in tandem with the ubiquitous 24/7 news cycle, it's almost impossible for a parent to completely limit the access to information that their children may have. Following are five tips for parents about how to calm their child's fears during these difficult times.

Why Being Single Is Harder Than Ever | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Living

If you didn't lock down a life partner around 2007, you've probably experienced how laughably difficult dating is for single young professionals (YPs)...

Advertising Through Smart Technologies -- How to Be Intelligent Without Being Intrusive

Carlos de Torres | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

The key to smart and successful marketing is finding the right time and the right experiences to engage. In fact, today's smart technologies can do a lot to reduce information overload -- countering Orwellian fears some might have about machines that know so much about us.

There's Something Catholic About YouTube Confessions

Michael Harris | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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.