ICTC Digital Pulse — February 18

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ITWC: Almost 60 per cent of Canadian firms surveyed were victims of cyber attacks: Report

Of the firms surveyed, 58.48 per cent reported having data exfiltrated in 2018. Of those, just over 24.5 per cent had what they described as sensitive but non-personally identifiable information (PII) taken. Just over 25 per cent of organizations victimized lost PII customer or employee information. On average, responding organizations were attacked more than 440 times last year, resulting in an average of 12.47 exfiltration incidents, 9.83 infiltration incidents, and 7.82 denial of service.

Financial Post: The race to future-proof the economy: Navdeep Bains on the state of innovation in Canada

Navdeep Bains wants Canadians to know that things are happening. Lots of things. The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister has a big job on his hands, hauling Canada’s economy into the 21st century by embracing artificial intelligence and a panoply of digital technologies to boost productivity and keep us globally competitive.

Techvibes: Alberta Announces $100 Million Investment for AI

The Government of Alberta has announced a five-year $100 million investment to bring more AI companies to the province. This funding will build out Alberta’s fledgling AI industry by supporting both Alberta Innovates, a corporation that develops high-tech solutions with AI, nanotechnology, and omics to address concerns in health, the environment, and food; and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), an organization comprised of leading AI researchers, much like Toronto’s Vector or Montreal’s Mila.

CBC: Amazon cancels plans to build the second headquarters in New York City

Citing opposition from local politicians and community activists, Amazon abruptly announced Thursday that it has cancelled its plans to build its second headquarters in New York City. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” spokesperson Jodi Seth said. “For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.”