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One Degree for Friday. August 30, 2019

Online Hate Report Sheds Light On Prevalence Of Social Media Hate

A recent report analyzes how hate communities on Facebook and VKontakte form, flourish and adapt despite social media organizations trying to snuff them out.

The report, “Hidden resilience and adaptive dynamics of the global online hate ecology” by N.F. Johnson and team, shows the key to understanding the resilience of online hate lies in interconnected hate clusters that form global “hate highways” that cross social media platforms, sometimes using “back doors” even after being banned, as well as jumping between countries, continents, and languages. The report also found that policing within, such as Facebook, can make matter worse and will “eventually generate global ‘dark pools’ in which online hate will flourish.”


Mother fights for son’s social media afterlife (VIDEO)

A Canadian mother is being forced to take her battle with Google and Facebook to the United States in the hopes that unlocking her son’s online accounts could shed some light on the final moments of his life.


Government of Canada invites small businesses to propose ways to rapidly verify portable digital credentials

As the single largest purchaser of goods and services, the federal government is using procurement to help Canadian small businesses succeed.

Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, government departments are inviting small businesses to propose a new innovative solution that addresses a specific challenge they face. Successful small businesses may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development and could, if accepted into Phase 2, receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype. The government can then act as a first customer, which helps small businesses to commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good middle-class jobs across Canada.


Government of Canada supports fast-growing technology sector in British Columbia

British Columbia’s booming technology sector and vibrant start-up ecosystem are significant contributors to a strong economy, providing good quality, middle-class jobs. While the sector has flourished over the last decade, it is important to ensure that companies can accelerate beyond the start-up stage and remain competitive in a digital world.

That’s why the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), today announced $2.25 million in WD funding to support the BC Tech Association (BC Tech) to deliver programming and incubator services for companies in the technology sector.


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