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ICTC Digital Pulse — July 22

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[CBC] Windsor-Essex could soon see an influx of Dutch greenhouse tech companies

That’s according to Matthew Johnson, director of business attraction for the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, who was part of a group of local delegates who attended an “agri-tech” conference in the Netherlands this past June. “We know that the agricultural tech sector in the Netherlands is above and beyond anywhere else in the world,” he said. “So we wanted to learn from them and see where we can plug in some of the agri-tech that’s coming out of the Netherlands into our local economy here.”

[Toronto Star] Why Canada must regulate Big Tech: ‘The 20th century tools we have for protecting a free society won’t work for 21st century giants’

“The 20th century tools we have for protecting a free society won’t work for 21st century giants,” says technology guru Brian Hopkins, vice-president and principal analyst of U.S.-based consulting firm and think tank Forrester Research, in an interview with the Star on how Canadians can thrive in the digital economy. “At the end of the day, each country including Canada has to set up safeguards. That’s the grand experiment that we are living with. The thing is, we don’t know what the right balance of regulation versus economic enablement is.”

[CBC] Coding, not canoes. Summer camps in K-W teach kids computing essentials

Armed with computer tablets and interlocking plastic blocks, an increasing number of kids are spending their summers learning how to build and program robots. “Our region is [so] technology focused, many parents are working in the technology industry. They are hyper aware of the benefits of using technology to be a creator, not just a consumer,” said David Goodfellow, the founder of Brickworks Academy which offers week-long robotics classes to children ages six to 13.