One example is Microsoft’s in-house Read Team, who constantly trying to identify the vulnerabilities on the company’s latest products and software updates. They are recruited from various corner of the Internet, and very good at what they do but fortunately for consumers, they’re wearing white hats. Companies are regularly getting hacked: 21 per cent of Canadian companies reported they were impacted by a cybersecurity incident that affected their operations last year. In the same report by the federal government, the majority of companies don’t have protocols for dealing with cybersecurity incidents.
“More parents agreed (than disagreed) that they are poor role models when it comes to healthy digital technology habits for their child (infant to 15),” MediaSmarts lead researcher Dr. Kara Brisson-Boivin said in a press statement. “This is particularly true for parents of the youngest children. The findings in this study demonstrate how parents need to know their own patterns and habits because their kids are watching and emulating.” The study found that 80 per cent of Canadian parents are concerned about their kids being exposed to misinformation online, 81 per cent of parents stated that they think it’s very important for their child to be thinking critically about how they use digital devices.
Autonomous and connected vehicles R&D is already in full swing in Ontario. Automakers are investing in opportunities: General Motors opened a lab at Communitech, a startup incubator in Waterloo, as well as a technical centre in Markham to focus on software development. The provincial government’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) is creating six regional technology development sites to foster smaller companies in the autonomous car space and connect them to major automotive and tech industry players.
A United Nations’ report stated global emissions need to be reduced by 50 per cent in the next 10 years, or the effects of climate change will be irreversible. Until enough government and industry efforts are put forward, individuals’ effort will not be enough, experts say. The challenge right now is not the availability of cleantech, but the implementation and scaling globally. Also, new technologies with high energy cost such as blockchain and cryptocurrency mining could also cause problem in energy saving.