Hashtag Trending – Pinterest ad sales nearing $1 billion USD; Uber/Lyft ban driver for filming riders; Tesla asking suppliers for refunds

Pinterest’s ad sales are approaching $1 billion USD in revenue. Uber and Lyft cut ties with a driver who secretly filmed hundreds of passengers. And Tesla is asking some of its suppliers for

Published on: July 24th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Hashtag Trending – ZTE shuffles leadership team; facial recognition technology failing test run; the cost of doing business with Amazon

ZTE shakes up its leadership team. A London, England-based test run of facial recognition technology has only a two per cent success rate. And it’s a slow news day, so we get to

Published on: July 6th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Hashtag Trending – China’s using sunglasses to spy on people; 3D-printed homes for $10,000 USD; a new startup will preserve your brain

Beijing police are using AI-powered sunglasses to spy on people. A Texas company can 3D print a 650-square-foot cement home for $10,000 USD. And a new California startup is offering to preserve your

Published on: March 14th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

CBC investigation discovers cellphone spying activity near Parliament Hill

An investigation by CBC's Ottawa bureau has discovered a network of cellphone hacking devices in the nation's capital - and it's not clear whether the equipment is foreign or domestic. The devices, known

Published on: April 4th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Could Amazon’s ‘cashier-free’ grocery store be the future of retail?

Have you ever wanted to walk out of the grocery store without paying? Now you can - sort of. Amazon Inc. has opened a new grocery store in its hometown of Seattle without

Published on: December 6th, 2016 Alex Radu

Ed Snowden warns against using Google’s new chat app Allo

Google Allo, the new chat app launched today on iOS and Android that inserts AI into your conversations, is the equivalent of state surveillance and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Published on: September 21st, 2016 Brian Jackson

Black Code TIFF premiere tells cautionary tale of digital transformation’s dark side

Who will watch the watchers? Well, all of us. That's the message to be decrypted - albeit easily enough - from Black Code, a film by documentary maker Nicholas de Pencier based on

Published on: September 14th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Arcsoft’s Simplicam now comes with facial recognition feature

Arcsoft is adding a facial recognition feature to its software for the Simplicam, a small Wi-Fi surveillance camera for small businesses and home owners, the company announced at CES today. Based in California,

Published on: January 6th, 2015 Candice So

Switches and servers need upgrading for IP surveillance

In my last post, I began enumerating the top 10 issues and trends that will affect IP surveillance in the next few years. Part 1 discussed gauging the impact IP-based cameras will have on

Published on: September 2nd, 2014 Robert Moore

3 trends mark the dawn of the age of IP video surveillance

As technology marches on to the beat of Moore’s Law, the trends that face users of surveillance technology are quickly evolving. The shift from analogue closed circuit television (CCTV) to Internet protocol (IP)-based

Published on: August 22nd, 2014 Robert Moore

Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner calls for more government accountability in post-Snowden era

Story updated with comments from Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian at 4:10 PM ET. The federal government and arm's length Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) must do more to answer questions

Published on: June 17th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Could the Canadian public service ever store data in the cloud?

When speaking about cloud, the terms “data sovereignty” and “data residency” come up frequently.  Within the private sector, there is still a great deal of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about topics such

Published on: May 14th, 2014 Brian Bourne

World Wide Web inventor hosts Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ on web’s 25th anniversary

Tim Berners-Lee - or Sir Tim, since receiving a knighthood in 2004 - will mark the 25th anniversary of his invention of the World Wide Web by hosting an open question and answer

Published on: March 11th, 2014 Brian Jackson

RSA keynotes tackle NSA allegations out of the gate

Updated on Feb. 26, 2014 at 7:45am ET with analyst comments from Anton Chuvakin of Gartner Inc. There’s been a lot of talk about RSA Security Inc.’s involvement with the U.S. National Security

Published on: February 25th, 2014 Candice So