Over the summer I had many discussions with people about how new technology has changed their lives—both for the positive and the negative. Many shared how smartphones allow them to multi-task when standing in lines as they respond to email or as they are on hold waiting to speak to customer service. Others spoke of how they have access to information that is up to date on matters of health, taxes and investments without having to go to the local library as was often the case pre-internet. Overall, most were impacted by the way that e-mail allows them to communicate with everyone without having to queue at the post office much less without the need to print out letters on printers. However, many people mentioned that their culture had changed negatively in reaction to new technology: “Everyone is always looking at their mobiles,” said one and another added, “It is almost easier to write someone an SMS while standing next to them.” All, however, felt that technology was not at all linked to culture and that it was something external to culture.
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Responding to news that Google has agreed to pay a record US$170 million to settle a complaint filed by US regulators, alleging that Google illegally harvested personal data of children on its YouTube platform, Joe Westby, Big Data and AI Researcher at Amnesty Tech, said:
“Today’s record fine exposes the rotten core at the heart of Google’s business model, which relies on the harvesting and monetisation of personal data, in brazen contempt for privacy. A major problem is that online advertising practices are complex and secretive, so people are not able to give meaningful consent as to how their personal data is used.
British Columbia’s digital and clean technology sectors are ripe for investment that will stimulate innovation, business development, and job growth in new markets.
That’s why the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada announced a total of $453,550 for two projects led by the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). VEC will receive $353,550 to develop the Technology Deployment Network (TDN) — an online platform that connects large institutions with innovators to develop clean technology solutions. VEC will also receive $100,000 to develop a coordinated strategy to promote Greater Vancouver as an e-sports hub.