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One Degree Wednesday April 14 2021

Will Social Media Lead To Police Reform Following Recent High Profile Events?

Even as one of the most high profile criminal cases involving a former law enforcement officer continues to unfold in Minnesota, two other recent police-related events are now in the spotlight this week. Both have gone viral on social media.

The first involves a Black man, Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer during what should have been a routine traffic stop. In that incident on Sunday, the police officer drew a handgun, allegedly meaning to draw a Taser instead, resulting in Wright’s death. The chain of events, which sparked protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday evening, took place just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of another Back man, George Floyd.


Canadian court rejects appeal by Google Canada in long-running patent case

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by Google Canada, saying its request would only delay a trial about a patent case filed against the search engine company.

The 3-0 decision written by Justice Yves de Montigny said it would be better to have the central issues go ahead and be considered by the trial judge, rather than be delayed by Google’s appeal on a secondary matter.


BlackBerry and IBM Canada Establish a New Partnership

Announced today, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) have established a new partnership to bring BlackBerry’s industry leading BlackBerry Spark® platform to organizations across Canada. IBM will resell BlackBerry’s endpoint management, endpoint security and critical event management software, to enterprises and governments nationwide.


How digital literacy can help close the digital divide

Everything from education and work to health care, social services, food and grocery orders, and social connection have had to change to deliver more services online in response to COVID-19. Even front-line organizations like emergency shelters and community centres that did not previously prioritize online access had to rapidly build capacity to offer virtual resources and supports. This pandemic pivot poses challenges for people who have little to no access to the internet.


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