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CRTC to bring high-speed internet to remote communities including Nunavut for the first time

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has disbursed $39.7 million from the Broadband Fund to bring high-speed internet to 28 remote communities in Northern...

Federal government delays funding programs targeted towards R&D and SMBs

The Department of Finance Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced in a joint statement yesterday that the launch of Canada...

Big budgets, laggard IT systems: Government officials questioned at House of Commons committee

The Benefit Delivery Modernization (BDM) program, the largest IT transformation initiative ever undertaken by the Government of Canada, was estimated to cost $1.75 billion...

Provincial privacy commissioners oppose proposed federal privacy tribunal

Privacy commissioners from Alberta, B.C., and Quebec say the proposed overhaul of Canada’s federal privacy law shouldn’t add an appointed privacy tribunal to hear...

Generative AI increasingly used for threats to Canadian democracy: Report

Generative AI systems are increasingly being used by threat actors to influence elections around the world, including in Canada, says the latest report by...

Government and big tech funding newsrooms in Canada raises concerns

We have a news ecosystem in Canada in which most of the journalists could soon have at least half of their pay depend on...

Canadian law regulating social media platforms is needed fast, Parliament told

Canada must quickly pass legislation to oversee social media platforms, says an expert in cybersecurity law, including appointing an independent regulator who can levy...

Competition Bureau to investigate Rogers’ marketing claims about its ‘Infinite’ unlimited data plans

The Competition Bureau is investigating whether the marketing claims made by Rogers that its Infinite wireless phone plans have unlimited data are deceptive. The Federal...

5G spectrum auction concludes; Bell, Rogers and Telus bag the most licenses

Twenty-two Canadian carriers collectively paid over C$2.1 billion for a record 4,099 licenses in the 3800 MHz spectrum auction.  Bell, Rogers and Telus won the...

Google reaches an agreement with the government of Canada over Bill C-18

After months of pushback and meetings, Google has finally struck a deal with the Canadian government over the enactment of Bill C-18, which is...

‘Meta has editorial power to use indiscriminately if content threatens their bottom line’, says Center for Countering Digital Hate

Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), told the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC) yesterday that...

Compel social media apps to toughen their privacy, trust practices, Parliament told

Social media platforms should be forced by the Canadian government to toughen their privacy practices, an expert told a parliamentary committee looking into illicit...

Canada’s CIO Catherine Luelo resigns, highlights the fractured federal IT systems at the House of Commons

Catherine Luelo, Canada’s chief information officer, has announced her resignation, two years after taking up the job to modernize the technology systems of the...

Canada’s privacy czar investigating data theft of federal employees from relocation companies

Canada’s privacy commissioner has opened an investigation into the theft of 24 years of data of federal employees from two government-contracted relocation firms. As we...

Bell seeks interim relief from Bill C-11, says traditional broadcasters are suffering

Bell has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to create a news fund that would subsidize broadcasters, and which will force foreign...

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