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Mastodon's Promising Federated Approach Will Frustrate You More Than Twitter

Mastodon is an open-source federated social media network. Twitter users are flocking to it only to find furstration.

Has the EU Finally Made the U in USB-C Actually Stand for Universal?

The EU has mandated all smartphones use USB-C to charge by 2024, all laptops by 2026. It’s about time.

Why is it so hard to law enforcement to track down harassers?

If you’ve been harassed online, is there any hope that the criminal will be caught?

Canadians Are Reliant on Rogers Whether We Like It or Not

Rogers suffered a network outage that took down 35+% of Canadian internet connectivity…whoops?

Is Google LaMDA Sentient?

Is a Google language model alive? One researcher certainly thinks so.

Twitter To Add Edit Button...Finally

Twitter finally admits it’s working on an edit button. Why now?

Despite 5G’s Capabilities, Mobile Providers Can’t Connect With Airline Industry

5G mid-band is rolling out in the USA with a last minute please from airline industries for more safey precautions. Why the last minute appeal?

Facebook Sets Out To Build The Multiverse...and Hopes To Hide There

Facebook commits $10B per year to build the multiverse. Earnest attempt at progress or an attempt to divert attention?

Lessons in Designing Blast Radius The Hard Way; One Mistake Crashes Facebook For Hours

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are deeply integrating into many aspects of daily life for many communities and business. One networking misconfiguration reminded 3.5 billion users of just that.

Instagram delays launch of app for kids

On my tech column with CBC Ottawa Morning, Dr. Tracy Valliancourt and I explain the challenges with Instagram Kids and the latest research from Facebook about its impact on teens.

Major Ransomware Services Busted

Emotet and NetWalker are both taken offline within days of each. A big wins for users, law enforcement, and international cooperation…at least for a little while.

Parler Pas: Fringe Social Network Offline

Parler gets deplatformed and can’t find any organizations that want to work with it. It’s about time.

Politicians Playing Among Us

On my tech column with CBC Ottawa Morning, I explain how politicians are using the online game, Among Us, as a platform to reach younger audiences.

How AI Could Help Ease Your Zoom Fatigue

Is your day chalk full of video calls? Wondering why you’re exhausted at the end of the day? The two might be related 😉. In this column, Robyn and I discuss some of the reasons for ‘zoom fatigue’ and what technology might help address it.

The New Office: Home?

Is working from home the new normal in tech? Is working from home as simple as ensuring a strong internet connection and access to the right tools? This is an issue with a ton of impacts outside of just the relationships on your team. This post highlights various conversations and points of view on the issue.

Stop Drowning Online During Isolation

We’re all stuck inside and it can quickly feel like you’re drowning in possibilities for technology that will help you work, learn, and stay in touch with your community. How do you make any of it work? How do you move forward? In this hour long call-in show, Rita Celli and I try to throw you a life preserver.

Contact Tracing via Smartphones

Contact tracing during an outbreak is a massive undertaking. Google and Apple are collaborating in order to automate parts of this task. Will it work? What are the challenges? We dive into the issue

Smartphone Addiction

Are you addicted to your smartphone? How would you know? Is there anything you can do about it? Over the course of an hour, Rita Celi and I asked people from around Ontario questions about the issue

Privacy at CES 2020

CES 2020 brought out the big (and small) players in tech and one thing they all had in common was how much they used the word “privacy”. Is this privacy-washing or the start of real change?

New Rules for Youtube

COPPA was passed in the US in 1998 but a recent ruling against YouTube for violating the decades old law means big changes for creators.

Digital Id in Canada

Canadian data privacy laws state that an organization is responsible for the life cycle of the data. Most orgs struggle with protecting it while it’s in use, what about after they no longer need it?

Protecting Yourself Black Friday Scams Online

Black Friday and Cybermonday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Consumers rush to get the biggest deals on all sorts of items. Sadly, scammers and cybercriminals also rush to take advantage.

Data Retention in Canada

Canadian data privacy laws state that an organization is responsible for the life cycle of the data. Most orgs struggle with protecting it while it’s in use, what about after they no longer need it?

Catching Distracted Drivers With Technology

Google really doesn’t like humans and they LOVE data. At the intersection of those two areas is a new A.I assistant that calls business to complete simple tasks for it’s users and to automatically update Google’s databases: enter Google Duplex.

Family Locator Apps

Should you track your children’s every move? Your partners? Family locator apps promise safety and convenience but are they really just an invasion of privacy?

VPNs

VPNs can help secure your internet traffic when you’re travelling. They can help you route around geographic restrictions. But is using a VPN exposing you to more risk? What is the impact of centralizing all of your internet requests with one specific company?

G Suite for Education

GMail in the classroom just like on your phone. The promise of G Suite for Education is enticing. A low-cost way for schools to provide collaboration tools to students and teachers. But what are the privacy implications of letting the search giant into our schools?

3d Printing

3d printing holds a mountain of promise. While the technology is taking longer than generally expected to make an impact, the areas where it is having an impact are significant. While copyright and outdated thinking get in the way of this technology?

Deep Fakes Was That Real

Is that video real? Are you sure? A new technique makes it easier than ever to create passable fake videos of prominent people. You cannot trust your eyes anymore.

Smartphone Addiction Intended Consequence

Is your phone trying to trick you into never putting it down? Smartphone addiction has become such a massive problem that the two major operating systems—Apple and Android—now include features designed to help you use your device less. Is this what we have come down to?

Facial Recognition Discussion Required

Facial recognition is a technology that exemplifies the underlying neutrality of most technology. When used with positive intentions it makes out devices more secure. When in the wrong hands, it can violate privacy on a massive scale. Do we need to regulate this technology? At what level? Regardless of your stance, we need to talk about this as a …

Fortnite a Good Example

Over the few years, mobile has become the dominant platform for gaming. As a result, smaller, simple games have come to prominence. In order to make money developers have (over) rotated on in-app purchases. Fortnite is a great example of an addictive FREE game that is making a ton of money without resorting to trickery.

Google Duplex Are We Ready

Google really doesn’t like humans and they LOVE data. At the intersection of those two areas is a new A.I assistant that calls business to complete simple tasks for it’s users and to automatically update Google’s databases: enter Google Duplex.