Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Huawei’s problem? It ain’t the secret backdoors but wide-open front doors

- October 11th, 2012
Huawei sales booth in China

Photo: Reuters/Stringer

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei is under fire, as colleague Jessica Murphy reports:

Huawei sells mobile technology to companies that include Bell Canada, Telus, Wind Mobile, Sasktel and Ice Wireless, but has come under intense scrutiny following a recent scathing report from a U.S. congressional committee outlining cyber-espionage concerns with Huawei and another global telecom company, ZTE.

Meanwhile, at a conference in Asia for computer security and IT types, Read more…

Google goes north — waaay north

- August 23rd, 2012
Google Street View Team in Cambridge Bay

Canadian Googler Mike Pegg peddling the Google bike through Cambridge Bay, Nunavut (Google handout)

I think this is terrific. While Google has sent those little Google cars with the camera balls attached to the roof to photograph the streets capes of most of urban North America, it’s just now getting around to collecting the visual data to do Street View for Canada’s north. Google “cars” aren’t practical north of 60 where the only way you get vehicles in and out is by barge and so Google has shipped Google bikes by air equipped with the camera balls. Great idea.  Read more…

India’s government moves to take control of the Internet

- May 17th, 2012

The government of India moves to take control of the Internet’s plumbing in that country, a troubling development that could have repercussions not only for that country’s digital development but perhaps also for the Internet in the rest of the world.

India’s proposal could prove controversial for multi-stakeholder communities within the country and across the world, since it entails moving away from the prevailing democratic ‘equal say’ process for internet governance to one in which governments would be front and centre, receiving advice from stakeholders and deciding the way forward.

Read the piece: The Hindu : News / National : India’s proposal for government control of Internet to be discussed in Geneva.

The head of Google News on the future of journalism, objectivity, and everything else

- May 13th, 2012

Richard Gingras is the head of Google News. Here’s one of the many interesting things he had to say about journalists during a recent talk at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation:

We need to reconsider our missions and our ethical guidelines (in terms of behaviors and audience engagement, not core ethics), and the concept of objectivity. Richard sides with transparency in this debate and believes readers place their trust in the individual online rather than the brand, and expects reporters to be transparent about their views. He doesn’t buy the opaque objectivity of yore where reporters said, “Trust us,” and consumer opinion surveys bear this out. Read more…

Hoeppner celebrates death of gun registry, defends lawful access bill

- February 15th, 2012

Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner was in the spotlight today. First, third and final reading of the bill that will kill the long-gun registry passed the House of Commons. Hoeppner has been at the “face” of Tory attempts to kill the bill  for the last couple of years. Second, as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, Hoeppner has had to defend the controversial “lawful access” legislation, Bill C-30. (I’m not a fan). Read more…