No more BS — use cow dung to power 1,000 servers

Reducing energy consumption in data centres, particularly with the prospect of a federal carbon tax, is pushing vendors to explore an ever-growing range of ideas. HP engineers say that biogas may, excuse this,

Published on: May 21st, 2010 Patrick Thibodeau

Canadian armed forces delve deeper into social networking

Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) is currently working with a simulation and modeling firm to investigate social networking technologies and eventually develop internal prototypes for the military. DND's project with CAE Professional

Published on: May 7th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Yahoo! demonstrates new transparency centre

While attending the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's Toronto privacy consultation last week, I caught up with Anne Toth, the head of privacy at Yahoo! Anne was one of the only representatives from online

Published on: May 3rd, 2010 Brian Jackson

PDF reading tool boon for industry and visually impaired

A new accessibility tool that focuses on PDF documents would be a boon for both companies dealing with high-volume printing and their blind or visually impaired clients, according to technology experts.There are numerous

Published on: April 15th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Privacy remains a social norm

Recently, a considerable amount of controversy ensued when Mark Zuckerberg, head of the world’s most popular online social network, Facebook, was misquoted as saying, “privacy is no longer a social norm.” What he

Published on: April 12th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

6 smart tax deductions to save small firms big bucks

Broadband connection, cell phone contracts and software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscriptions are just some of the items Canadian home-based business operators can claim deductions on when they file their income taxes.There are dozens of write

Published on: March 22nd, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Tech and tax tips to prepare for the HST transition

Preparation is key to reaping rewards and avoiding pitfalls as the implementation of the harmonized sales tax (HST) in Ontario and British Columbia looms, according to a veteran tax expert."Worries are not non-extistent,

Published on: March 16th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Onus on tech firms to build responsible privacy controls: a guest blog from MaRS

In my last blog entry, I wrote about Privacy by Design: The Gold Standard – my annual event that focuses on the implementation of new technologies and business practices that can deliver tangible

Published on: February 22nd, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

They built in privacy…so can you

Every year, my office hosts an annual event known as the Privacy by Design (PbD) Challenge where a distinguished group of speakers relate their personal success stories with PbD and the dividends they

Published on: January 19th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

What part should travelers play in airport security?

I can safely say that I have one of the most satisfying occupations in the world. Helping to protect the intangible assets that drive the world’s economies is certainly something that most individuals

Published on: January 11th, 2010 Claudiu Popa

Anti-Spam bill at risk after Parliament suspended

Anti-spam legislation that was as close as two weeks away from gaining royal assent has been scrubbed after the government suspended Parliament until March.Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to prorogue

Published on: January 5th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Why Privacy is Good for Business

While I often speak about the fallacy of the zero-sum argument that privacy must be sacrificed for the sake of security, I wanted to take the opportunity to also argue against a prevailing

Published on: January 4th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

An Introduction to Privacy by Design

I have always argued that privacy is the foundation upon which democracy is built. Our right to control the collection, use and disclosure of information about ourselves is the right upon which our

Published on: December 16th, 2009 Ann Cavoukian

Spam mastermind gets four years in slammer

Alan Ralsky, the self-styled "Godfather of Spam" has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.One

Published on: November 27th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk and Brian Jackson