Category Archives: Technology

Drone revolution awaits global regulations

 – Jul 04, 2018 2,838 In 2014, a drone got tangled in the power lines outside a South Carolina prison carrying a small payload of marijuana and a cellphone. Police arrested a man in a nearby campsite who’d been running this smuggling operation using radio-controlled drones. A year later, a civilian-operated drone landed inside the White House… Read More

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US, Canada Smarten up and Give Consumers Control over their Privacy

Diane Francis: Facebook and Google harvest private data and sell them to the highest bidders; it’s time to shift control to the users Europe has essentially shifted control over private data from the tech company harvesters and their advertisers to the users.Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images Diane Francis June 22, 2018 1:11 PM EDT Filed under Diane… Read More

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China’s Big Brother Roll Out in 2020 already Underwa

BIG BROTHER RISING Three Glimpses of the FutureDIANE FRANCIS As the world hurtles toward a systemically digitized existence, some unpleasant alternatives to governance are coming clearly into view. In May, the European Union imposed sweeping laws on technology companies that shift control of data to the customers, protect privacy, and require curation to stop libelous and hate… Read More

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Singularity U Hub piece: Regs on Tech and why

The world’s first stop sign appeared in Michigan around 1915, decades after the first privately owned passenger car came into being. Ever since, laws and regulations have piled up concerning everything from insurance requirements to vehicle safety, road safety, and driver education. Such is the natural order of things. First come the transformative technologies—in this case, the… Read More

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Canadian tax dollar giveaway to Future tech accelerator — a boondoggle

Wavefront bust shows that government can’t spend its way to innovation Diane Francis: Wavefront has been at the government trough for years and its bankruptcy press release was unapologetic; it’s history is eyebrow raising   Former president and CEO of Wavefront James Maynard.Danny Bradbury for National Post When I wrote recently that government grants to “fake startups”… Read More

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Russian disinformation ruinous and widespread, new study

Unreality TV: Why the Kremlin’s Lies Stick BY DIANE FRANCIS The Kremlin controls the top three television stations in Russia, according to a new survey of Russian TV news by the Ukraine Crisis Media Center and Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership. On Russia’s three state-controlled TV channels, anti-Europe news was shown an average of eighteen… Read More

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Facebook is to Tech what Russia is to Geopolitics, American Interest

  A man dressed as a Russian troll doll attended the recent Facebook Senate hearing, his costume emblematic of the company, its Russian scandal, and worrisome history. Few realize that Facebook goes back a long way with the Russians and, in fact, its spectacular success dates back to 2009 when an audacious $200-million investment was made… Read More

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