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Fund cross-sectoral application projects

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 12/02/2016 1480715398
INTRODUCTION The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) supports the development and commercialization of novel technology in the mine digitization space w .... Read more

INTRODUCTION

The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) supports the development and commercialization of novel technology in the mine digitization space with projects for the internet of things, predictive analytics, wearables, sensors, machine learning, and automation/robotics.   We recognize that the mining industry’s ability to use data productivity is fundamental to enabling the advanced manufacturing principles that facilitate ultra-deep mining being done in an economically feasible way.

CHALLENGES

While we have been fortunate to work with some of Canada’s finest mining-focused digital entrepreneurs, there are other cross-sectoral innovations in cloud computing, drones, cyber security, digital manufacturing, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and autonomous vehicles that can be successfully applied to mining.  In some of these instances, the requirement is not for novel innovation but for practical application to a new domain.  

SOLUTIONS

In the field of “new to mining” digital applications, the government could provide leveraged funding to help high potential SMEs with origins in other sectors connect and apply their innovations to mining. This type of support has the dual purpose of supporting Canadian job growth for existing SMEs, while simultaneously exposing the mining industry to cutting edge thinking.

*Note:  For information about the Ultra-Deep Mining Network, please visit: https://www.miningdeep.ca/ 

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Lead the World towards a better short-date format, #0MMDDYYYY #YYYY0MMDD #DD0MMYYYY

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 11/12/2016 1478982020
Canada has an excellent international reputation as a negotiator. As global communications, collaboration and commerce continue to integrate across c .... Read more

Canada has an excellent international reputation as a negotiator. As global communications, collaboration and commerce continue to integrate across cultural boundaries, the correct interpretation of dates grows in importance. Adopting a slight variation per country can actually yield a numeric, short-date format for all that can be well-interpreted in any language or region.

The proposal is relatively simple. It would enable all countries to continue using there familiar patterns of numbers with any traditional formatting symbols. Y2K taught us the value of using a four digit year, we often write the day in a two-digit, zero filled format. So why not extend the pattern to include a three character month?   4-3-2 !   That is a FOUR digit year, THREE digit month, TWO digit day. A three character month would ''always start with a zero''. That is January would be written as 001 and so on where December would be written as 012. Here are a few examples:

* - 0MM/DD/YYYY, e.g. 001/03/2016 for Jan 03,2016

* - DD-0MM-YYYY, e.g. 03-001-2016 for 03 Jan 2016

* - YYYY 0MM DD, e.g. 2016 001 03 for 2016 01 03

* - YYYY.DD.0MM, e.g. 2016.03.001 if anyone wanted to use it!

 

ISO 86011 cites YYYY-MM-DD as the international standard and has its purpose where it can be enforced, but it fails to address the cultural needs that drives people to hold on to their practices. Moreover, ISO 86011 does not regulated the majority of content shared across the internet to every corner of our world. The three digit Month encourages all to make an adjustment, rather than accept a replacement, from a foreign influence.

For additional information, see ... http://imaginarium.ideascale.com/a/dtd/DATE-CONFUSION-Eliminated-with-0MM-DD-YYYY-and-YYYY-0MM-DD/858917-20438

Credit: Jeff Hurst

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Supporting local media voices

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 11/08/2016 1478617928
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  The following is excerpted from Newspapers Canada's full submission, which is attached.     If Canadian innovation is to find a voice and a p .... Read more

 

The following is excerpted from Newspapers Canada's full submission, which is attached.

 

 

If Canadian innovation is to find a voice and a platform for future growth, Canada needs local media voices to be able to compete with global digital media giants in our own backyard. 

We need to find ways to support newspapers’ transition to digital platforms, as well as to develop new ways to leverage those platforms to make them more attractive to both readers and advertisers (more and better data for advertisers, ensuring greater access and relevance to readers).  Government of Canada should support that transition through targeted support to help newspapers make those investments by ensuring that government advertising programs properly recognize the value that local news media outlets play in communicating to Canadians.

Credit: Newspapers Canada

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Get All you want on the way!

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/20/2016 1476996439
Tags: e-business 
It is Airbnb for the road trippers!  Benefits for CANADA -  > A Tech Savy Food Network which will be globally representing Canada.  > Challenge .... Read more

It is Airbnb for the road trippers! 

Benefits for CANADA - 

> A Tech Savy Food Network which will be globally representing Canada. 

> Challenge to create an interactive food network like that of Pokemon Go 

> Generating and uniting businesses and giving them a platform for advertising, publicity and spreading awareness

> Become the first country to link Location Based Services and Roadtrips 

 

 

Credit: Piyush and Sumiti

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Get All you want on the way!

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/20/2016 1476996438
Tags: e-business 
It is Airbnb for the road trippers!  Benefits for CANADA -  > A Tech Savy Food Network which will be globally representing Canada.  > Challenge .... Read more

It is Airbnb for the road trippers! 

Benefits for CANADA - 

> A Tech Savy Food Network which will be globally representing Canada. 

> Challenge to create an interactive food network like that of Pokemon Go 

> Generating and uniting businesses and giving them a platform for advertising, publicity and spreading awareness

> Become the first country to link Location Based Services and Roadtrips 

 

 

Credit: Piyush and Sumiti

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Transformer l'industrie du logiciel pour amener les services offert au niveau des services des autres domaines de l'ingenierie

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/10/2016 1476123466
Tags: innovation 
Je vais faire un parallèle avec l’ingénierie électrique pour expliquer l’idée. Imaginons qu'une entreprise de fabrication de textile quelq .... Read more
Je vais faire un parallèle avec l’ingénierie électrique pour expliquer l’idée. Imaginons qu'une entreprise de fabrication de textile quelque soit sa taille qui a besoin de électricité pour son activité doivent créer un département électricité , embaucher des ingénieurs et techniciens en électricité, acquérir et développer l'infrastructure nécessaire à la transformation, au transport , au stockage etc.. de l'électricité, démarrer des projets en tout genre avec aucune garantie que le coût e annoncé ne sera pas multiplié, le délai sera respecté et aucune garantie que le service obtenu a la fin sera a la hauteur des attentes . Très peu d'entreprise seront en mesure de s'offrir ces services. Ceci est l’état de l'art actuelle dans l'industrie du logiciel. Le Canada a l’opportunité d'innover dans ce domaine et d’être le premier à revolutionner cette industrie en soutenant des initiatives qui visent à concevoir et divulguer des plateformes de fourniture de services d'automatisation des systèmes d'information d'entreprise sur le même modèle que la fourniture des service électricité par exemple. Imaginons maintenant que notre entreprise de textile contacte simplement un « hydro one » ou « hydro quebec » de l'informatique, soumet ses attentes , obient un devis, puis tout est installé et configuré et puis elle paye pour sa consommation tout comme pour électricité . Ceci democratisera l'automatisation des systemes d'information d'entreprise et permetra son adoption à plus grande echelle par les entreprises de toute taille. La maturité de l’ingénierie informatique permet de pouvoir offrir ce niveau de services aujoud'hui moyennant le développement des plateformes avec une approche non traditionnelle et mon entreprise a commencé un projet dans ce sens mais manque cruellement de ressources.
Credit: Rosine Nanda

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datacenter infrastructures

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/09/2016 1476038175
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Canada is one of the few nations with safe, clean environment, and plenty of low cost areas in northern provinces which can help in data centers setup .... Read more

Canada is one of the few nations with safe, clean environment, and plenty of low cost areas in northern provinces which can help in data centers setups.

The data centers need clean environment, cool weather to cut the power costs and good connectivity to mainstream internet backbone.

European nations are leading this as of now. How can Canada increase its market share, which will improve infrastructure and help economies in remote areas. 

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Wireless control of electrical devices without computer programming

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/07/2016 1475827136
The innovation which turns your car into a smart car .Being a Internet of things (IOT) device this can be used to control the systems using wearable d .... Read more

The innovation which turns your car into a smart car .Being a Internet of things (IOT) device this can be used to control the systems using wearable devices also.The luxury features present only in high end cars are now available at your fingertips at an affordable price. A single touch in your smartphone can control multiple electrical devices (Windows, sunroof, wiper, music system etc.).Just lean back and enjoy the ride. The same is a friendly user interface for differently abled persons. 

Credit: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. Of India

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Holographic Humans... Being there, without having to Physically Transport

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/06/2016 1475783457
Building a Network/Pipeline, which Data can be Transmitted, with Low Latency, so that People can work, Remotely, from Home, or an Office, or a Booth. .... Read more

Building a Network/Pipeline, which Data can be Transmitted, with Low Latency, so that People can work, Remotely, from Home, or an Office, or a Booth.

Multiple Cameras, Sensors, and Technologies Capture the Person’s Movements, Voice, etc. which is sent to the Business that they are needed at. Maybe they are supposed to be helping in an Office Building, coordinating Projects and People, send in a Hologram or Augmented Reality Projection of the Worker, from their Remote Destination.

Spread this Pipeline and Tech all along Canada, down into the States, link up the Tech Sectors of Vancouver and California, allow Workers from Canada and America to be able to instantly work in other Countries or Cities, without Polluting to send them, or taking time out of their day.

There is a lot more to this Idea, and the Technology is available. Connecting People, Digitally, to ease the burden of Resource usages. Spread humanity, without the physical, in hopes that someday, we can freely roam the World again, without degrading it!

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Modernize Canada's intellectual property protection

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 10/03/2016 1475512148
If I have have a patent in most G20 countries other than Canada, I can apply for the respective customs service to prevent the entry of products that .... Read more

If I have have a patent in most G20 countries other than Canada, I can apply for the respective customs service to prevent the entry of products that are proven to infringe on my patent in that country. Did you know that Canada does not have this mechanism? Our innovation initiatives and intellectual property laws are working at cross purposes. Small companies that achieve patent protection can only use very expensive civil litigation if importers won't license a patent or stop importing the infringing product. So what is the point of achieving a patent in Canada if small companies have to stop funding innovation and put their limited funds into legal bills? If Canada had an embargo mechanism, this would have CBSA and the RCMP taking action, as they already do for copyright and trademark infringement.

Credit: CATA, ICTAM, and Tom Tessier; CEO Solara Remote Data Delivery Inc.

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Innovation in the knowledge economy requires access to knowledge

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/30/2016 1475262764
Innovation in the knowledge economy requires access to knowledge. To be successful, innovation must build upon what has already been established and o .... Read more

Innovation in the knowledge economy requires access to knowledge. To be successful, innovation must build upon what has already been established and on current research. The work of others is the springboard for new ideas, and without ready access to published research, Canadian researchers and innovators will fail to reach their potential. In substantial measure this access to scholarly resources is provided by institutions who work together through library consortia to leverage their collective purchasing power to negotiate best terms for those resources.

A Canadian innovation agenda must, therefore, include a commitment to enabling access by researchers and innovators to current information. Access to high speed Internet alone does not allow Canadians to participate fully in a digital and global economy. Digital infrastructure also includes digital research content and outputs, access to which helps accelerate further research and innovation. Currently, Canadian Universities are investing heavily through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a partnership of Canadian universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada, in licensing digital research content from commercial publishers. That content continues to increase in cost at a rate much higher than institutions can afford to maintain. Canadians need support at a federal level for open access publishing and Universities need support to provide researchers access to commercial digital resources.

Credit: Members of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network

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Modernize Canada's intellectual property protection

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/30/2016 1475261257
If I have have a patent in most G20 countries other than Canada, I can apply for the respective customs service to prevent the entry of products that .... Read more

If I have have a patent in most G20 countries other than Canada, I can apply for the respective customs service to prevent the entry of products that are proven to infringe on my patent in that country. Did you know that Canada does not have this mechanism? Our innovation initiatives and intellectual property laws are working at cross purposes. Small companies that achieve patent protection can only use very expensive civil litigation if importers won't license a patent or stop importing the infringing product. So what is the point of achieving a patent in Canada if small companies have to stop funding innovation and put their limited funds into legal bills? If Canada had an embargo mechanism, this would have CBSA and the RCMP taking action, as they already do for copyright and trademark infringement.

Credit: CATA, ICTAM

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Creators need a modern, balanced legal framework

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/28/2016 1475074164
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As Canada’s music industry continues to embrace innovation in technologies, the biggest step Canada can make to encourage this is to ensure that .... Read more

As Canada’s music industry continues to embrace innovation in technologies, the biggest step Canada can make to encourage this is to ensure that those who create music are protected by a modern, balanced Copyright Act.  To foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the music industry, the answer is not simply more funding or lessons on business management. Sound recording artists and makers of music are essentially artist entrepreneurs.  They have embraced the digital age and mastered the opportunities it presents as they distribute their music and connect with fans.  These entrepreneurs are constantly seeking and maximizing potential sources of revenue.   They have adapted to the digital age within the laws that are currently in place.

 

The key driver of innovation in this market segment is the laws that protect and encourage entrepreneurial exploitation of Canada’s creative assets.  Without a modern legal framework, creators literally have no incentive to create, much less embrace now business models that enable consumer choice.  What the music industry needs now is a recognition that the laws themselves must be reviewed so that they keep pace with innovation. If Canada wants to seriously develop its musical talent, it must recognize that copyright laws must be updated.  Many of the laws currently in place were designed in an analog era (in 1997), and even after some significant amendments were made in 2012, they still do not adequately reflect the digital environment. Some sectors continue to exploit music for commercial purposes, taking advantage of analog-era laws, to the detriment of performers and makers of music. This could not be the intention of parliament. It is time for a critical review of the Copyright Act so that performers and makers of music in this innovative/digital era, and those who invest in developing this talent, are properly incentivized to continue to contribute their time, money and energy.

Credit: Music Canada

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Stakeholders need Copyright Board reform

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/28/2016 1475073645
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Canadian businesses that rely on tariffs certified by the Copyright Board face serious challenges as they try to compete in a digital world.  Copyrig .... Read more

Canadian businesses that rely on tariffs certified by the Copyright Board face serious challenges as they try to compete in a digital world.  Copyright Board decision making is slow and unpredictable, as the process and decisions do not reflect the realities of the marketplace. For businesses required to make immediate decisions on whether to undertake new and innovative business approaches, such delay and uncertainty is untenable, creating a barrier to entry.  Tariffs take an average of 3.5 years to certify (and typically considerably longer for the more economically significant tariffs), while participants routinely wait between 12-24 months from the conclusion of a hearing for a decision to be rendered. In recent years, significant decisions have been rendered more than two years after their respective hearings have been completed.  Once rendered, certified rates often dismiss marketplace rates, creating still further uncertainty.

 

Stakeholders urgently require reforms to the Copyright Board process to operate their businesses competitively in the digital era.  Significant changes to the Canadian Copyright Board’s scope, operations, procedures and processes should be considered, such as defined timelines and prescribed rate-setting criteria, in order that rights holders and users alike can obtain fast, predictable and marketplace-based tariff decisions.

Credit: Music Canada

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Camera view in document and software (Live document and Live software)

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/26/2016 1474901807
Tags: software 
My Innovation: Camera view in document and software (Live document and Live software) We can add Cam (camera view) in MS Word or any other document to .... Read more

My Innovation: Camera view in document and software (Live document and Live software)

We can add Cam (camera view) in MS Word or any other document to prepare and use the documents. FrameMaker, Google Docs. can have it too after my permission.

- It will allow user to prepare and use collaborative documents with much ease. The Cam will show the image of the other person in the dialog in the MS Word or any other document with voice & video to enter into conversation with each other and group.

It can apply to other software as well where camera view can be available in the software to work on the software e.g., if I am working on a database table and I want an input from a Team Lead then I will enable that Cam view with my Team Lead and it (table) would appear to him/her and we both can see each other and speak and work on that table - without the need of opening the chatting software or video conferencing.

It will help in faster development of software as well as while working on the code Cam view can share the code view with other developer and he/she would be in position to give input within the software.

Softwares with cam view is my idea...hope it will bring more efficiency and productivity.

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Invest in innovations geared at mining big data from the mining industry

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/23/2016 1474661010
Business intelligence and analytics needs to be adopted by the mining industry. This requires standard underground communications protocols and infr .... Read more
  1. Business intelligence and analytics needs to be adopted by the mining industry. This requires standard underground communications protocols and infrastructure.
  2. Canada can make more investments in mining supply and service companies that are developing digital solutions.
  3. CEMI has developed an SME accelerator business model that supports the development of business intelligence within the mining cluster.
Credit: Centre for Excellence In Mining Innovation, CEMI

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Polymorphic Digital Infrastructure

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/21/2016 1474491445
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The basic description for this concept is using lots of small computers instead of using one big computer. For example, the small computing engines wi .... Read more

The basic description for this concept is using lots of small computers instead of using one big computer. For example, the small computing engines will be raspberry pi's which are commonly used for IOT applications and the big one will be one server pc which has intel xeon processor.

The main concept supports kind of infrastructure which can use 20 or more (kind of pi cluster) raspberry pi's instead of using one server pc. With using this kind of infrastructure, there will be some benefits (economical,maintenance,management,network,etc...)

Thanks to today's technology, everybody has smart phones which are powerful as some basic computers. Let's take the smart phone for using Polymorphic Digital Infrastructure.

The main question is, can we use all smart phones hardware (with taking permission of all individual) for common purposes which will be good for the all community?

With our smart phones, we all do lots of personal stuff (talking, chat, mail, listening music, reading). Lets define these all activities as a function A. My idea is not about collecting the individuals all information which are formed by function A. Off course collecting them without their permission is not legal and ethical. My idea supports to connect the all hardware applications of smart phone's(processor, RAM, GPS, LTE, Wifi, bluetooth, gyroscope, etc...) for developing the funciton B which will be used for the good of all community.

In my opinion, today's people understand the importance of network applications. With IOT applications we can connect all personal devices for making our daily life more efficient, useful, etc. Also today's people discovered the power of sharing with using kind of phone applications(airbnb, uber, etc). 

In conclusion, can people share their smart phones hardware with others for developing the bigger purpose which will be good for all of them, why not ?

 

 

I want to share some links which were influenced me to make this idea;

- influenced project / Polymorphic Robotics

- influenced smart phone application / AmpMe

- influenced smart phone application / Waze

- wikipedia description / Polymorphism

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Digital Literacy, Connectivity and Cyber Ethics

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/19/2016 1474322580
Tags: skills  education 
Ready, cost effective access to a first-class wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure is a critical component of Canada’s digital economy .... Read more

Ready, cost effective access to a first-class wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure is a critical component of Canada’s digital economy, providing Canadian citizens with access to knowledge, services, and employment opportunities, stimulating innovation and increasing productivity and economic prosperity. It is also crucial to the development of new digital products, services, distribution methods and business models, which, in turn, will drive broadband adoption.

 

Widespread availability of robust broadband is also important to the continued growth of the Canadian video game industry. Now consoles and PCs are connected to the Internet and "always on", and a variety of online services such as Microsoft's XboxLive and Sony's PlayStation Network have emerged that permit users to purchase and download full games and other downloadable content directly to their device. They also offer enhanced, value-added features like online multiplayer (where players play co-operatively with or competitively against each other), automatic updates, add-on content, remote saving of games (so a player can continue playing on another device) and community features like leaderboards and live chat.

 

The fastest growing market segment in Canada is mobile games, played on smartphones (like the iPhone and Blackberries) and tablets (like the iPad and Playbook), Canadians also play console games and online games, which include everything from Massively Multiplayer Online Games like World of Warcraft, where many millions of users all play together in the same persistent virtual world, to games on social networks like FarmVille or The Sims Social.

Government policies that encourage more affordable, more accessible, and faster broadband would have the beneficial effect of creating access to new educational platforms like Code.org, while fostering job growth within the video game industry. While ESAC strongly supports the federal government’s efforts to provide essential infrastructure to Canadians in rural and remote areas, it is clear that more is needed. ESAC recommends that the federal government assess the current broadband market and devise a “Made in Canada” solution to get Canada into a position of leadership in next-generation broadband in the near term.

Connectivity is critical to maximize the ability for Canadians to participate in the digital economy. However, active participation requires that people feel safe online and know how to engage with online content and in the online environment.

The development of a digitally literate and educated populace is an essential element in building a safe and sustainable digital economy for Canada. Digital literacy encompasses not only an understanding of digital technology and how it can be used to develop new social and economic opportunities, but also an awareness of the hazards and risks of the online environment and an understanding of online safety and security, and cyber ethics (including obeying laws that apply to online behaviour). Digitally literate people can communicate and create more efficiently, safely, securely and respectfully, which enables them to maximize productivity and contribute their creativity and innovation to the development of Canada's digital economy.

Digital literacy is a skill that all Canadians should have, however, targeted efforts for children should be made given that it is a critical requirement to properly prepare them for participation in the online world. Both parents and educators (supported by industry and government) have a role to play in preparing our children to be "digital citizens". For example, parents should:

  • Educate themselves about the Internet and media and the ways in which their children may use it;
  • Explore and evaluate available technologies for their children, and adopt those that are most appropriate for their particular family context;
  • Be engaged and involved in their children’s Internet and media use;
  • Remain conscious of the common hazards and risks that exist online and work with their children to understand and navigate the risks;
  • Promote and instil a strong sense of cyber ethics while teaching their children about acceptable online behaviour, and issues such as cyberbullying, plagiarism, inappropriate language, communicating with strangers, online impersonation, and respect for their privacy and intellectual property.

Similarly, educators can support parental involvement by:

  • Incorporating digital literacy programs into their curriculums;
  • Being aware of their students' Internet and media use and responding appropriately; and,
  • Making resources on online safety, security and cyber ethics available to parents and students and encouraging both to take an active role in raising awareness. The federal government should work in conjunction with the provinces to develop a strategy to incorporate digital literacy into school curricula and policies.

 

 

Credit: The Entertainment Software Association of Canada

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Investing in Education Through Digital Infrastructure

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/15/2016 1473949228
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Digital infrastructure has become crucial in the delivery of post-secondary education in Canada, for those in the classroom and for those participatin .... Read more

Digital infrastructure has become crucial in the delivery of post-secondary education in Canada, for those in the classroom and for those participating through distance education. The success of a post-secondary institution depends on its facilities, services, and infrastructure almost as much as it does on teaching and research. A quality education requires not only excellence from the courses and instructors, but also from the facilities in which these courses take place.

Digital infrastructure includes internet data, hardware, and software, as well as other technical software mechanisms needed to allow them to work together. As digital infrastructure supports the use and connections between those components and physical content, it enables “exciting, new and more productive ways of teaching, learning, and doing research.”[1]

As important as this infrastructure is, there still exists a “digital divide” where some areas (largely in or near urban centres) have better access to a quality internet connections than others. Although most Canadians live in cities with access to high speed internet connections at competitive costs, 19% of Canadians or about 6.3 million people live in rural or remote communities that do not.[2] This lack of access to reliable, affordable connections that are capable of supporting modern online media leaves millions of Canadians potentially unable to fully participate in the growing field of online education.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report also identifies the need for improved IT infrastructure for First Nations communities that are often in these rural and remote locations. Supporting education in rural and remote communities will “allow First Nation community members to share information and learn as a collective.”[3] By offering distance education options, the educational attainment gap faced by First Nations communities may begin to close.

Digital infrastructure is of paramount importance, especially for those pursuing education from First Nation and rural communities throughout Canada. Further investments must be made to close the digital divide seen between urban and rural communities. That is why CASA is calling on the federal government to prioritize educational institutions when investing in digital infrastructure development for those in rural and remote communities.

[1] Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). What We Mean By Digital Infrastructure. Updated in 2013. Accessed Online: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/aboutus/howjiscworks/portfolios/digital-infrastructure/definition.aspx.

[2] Statistics Canada. Canada’s Rural Population since 1851, Dec 2015. Accessed online: https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/98-310-x/98-310-x2011003_2-eng.cfm

[3] Simon, Jesse et al.. Post-Secondary Distance Education in a Contemporary Colonial Context. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Feb 2014. Accessed online: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/rt/printerFriendly/1357/2770

 

Credit: The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations

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Data, foresight and strategic investment in digital infrastructure

Question:What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
on 09/07/2016 1473274991
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We can anticipate that the adoption of digital technologies will pose a fundamental challenge to existing plans for infrastructure investment - both t .... Read more

We can anticipate that the adoption of digital technologies will pose a fundamental challenge to existing plans for infrastructure investment - both to enable and build out the Canada’s information networks and help the transition of our traditional physical infrastructure.

Autonomous trucking fleets alone will result in more efficient road use, improved logistics planning and lessened congestion. This will improve highway capacity, even as we make 50-year investments in wider highways based on historic traffic patterns. Autonomous transit fleets in urban areas will have an impact on our individual choices around housing, workplaces and leisure time, as we are less constrained by transportation grids, congestion worries and transit bottlenecks. As a result, we will shop for consumer items, large and small, in ways that may focus on local business districts as well as national and global online merchants.

Our individual reliance on accessing data, content, and communications from any location will demand that network infrastructure delivers faster and more reliable connections, no matter where. This is equally relevant for a worker navigating an under street shopping district as it is a student in the far north trying to access online learning materials.

An immediate action is to mandate and fund organizations like Statistics Canada, Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada, International Trade and their partners to collect wider and more detailed sets of data - especially on the use and adoption of  ICTs by consumers and businesses - to inform effective and targeted government strategies. Importantly, these organizations should also share this data amongst themselves, produce comprehensive analyses, and make them widely available to the public.

Frankly, collecting national data on internet usage by Canadians every two years or more does not provide the statistical foundation to drive investments by the private sector and government.

The challenge in physical infrastructure investment is that it is rearward looking: it is designed to accommodate the limitations of existing technology. Concrete is being poured to resolve traffic backlogs, address the need for hospital expansions, and to resolve stress points in existing municipal and provincial infrastructure.

What is the role of government in ensuring access to high-speed digital networks and their attendant infrastructure? Where can it help correct market failure, ensure access where commercial providers are lagging, or spur innovation in new technologies to access networks?

At Google, we see physical obstacles to digital networking while working, on the ground, installing Google Fiber in the United States. One of the simplest solutions to expanding local digital infrastructure, the foresight to lay conduit for increased cable capacity, is still overlooked by municipal governments in the United States. New network providers struggle to win access to telephone poles or commercial buildings for fibre and cable installations, representing both physical and regulatory hurdles.  

On a broader basis, a truly 21st-century approach to digital infrastructure will include a comprehensive wireless spectrum strategy that opens white space for additional use, optimizes existing spectrum allocations to allow innovative uses across a range of technologies, and encourages competition across networks and devices.

As we contemplate a world where information, digital devices and connected infrastructure will require reliable access to both networks and electricity, we must also focus on renewable sources of energy.

At Google, we have committed $2.5B to investments in renewable energy - including some large commitments to fund the infrastructure to move renewable energy from wind and solar farms to the grid - in the US, Europe, and Africa.

Supporting innovation in renewable sources of electricity for this new networked world will help to proactively address the immediate impact of climate change as we move to a digital world. As well, it will help resolve a practical obstacle to reliable network access in the North and remote areas of Canada - powering network access points in areas with little or no access to the national power grid.

 

Credit: Sam Sebastian, Managing Director, Google Canada; Steve Woods, Engineering Director, Google Canada

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Improve efficiency in Government and Canada by adopting cloud computing

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By investing in cloud services, a customer benefits by moving from capital to operating expenditures, which stretch over the lifetime of the cloud ser .... Read more

By investing in cloud services, a customer benefits by moving from capital to operating expenditures, which stretch over the lifetime of the cloud service. Moreover, because of the efficiency specialized cloud providers are able to realize, the cloud model allows customer organizations to in turn realize savings in both hardware and software. Less hardware needs to be purchased to meet the same needs as redundancy requirement can be mitigated, and cloud based hardware and software can be updated on an ongoing basis, lowering the need for replacements.

The exact savings that could be realized by the Government of Canada would depend on the extent to which cloud services were adopted. For comparison, the adoption of cloud computing in the US federal government has been studied and shows significant savings; for example, a Brookings study showed savings of between 25% and 50% realized at US federal agencies which had moved to the cloud. 

Moreover, while taxation, spending, and regulation are often cited as the key levers of government, one important lever that is often forgotten is government as a role-model. Cloud providers have already invested heavily in cloud infrastructure within Canada. But many private and non-government organizations see the adoption of a product or technology by the government as validation for its deployment internally. As such, while government remains on the sidelines of cloud computing, many other organizations who could greatly benefit from its deployment will do likewise. If these organizations were to adopt cloud solutions, economic efficiencies – and innovation – in Canada would increase. Cloud adoption by the Canadian government is therefore a revenue positive way to stimulate economic efficiencies and spur innovation.

Randy Jones, Senior Director, Technology Innovation, CANARIE Inc.

Credit: CANARIE Inc.

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Improve connectivity to and within Aboriginal communities and remote areas hampered by the digital divide.

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On behalf of our community, the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)'s innovation idea is to improve connectivity to and within Abo .... Read more

On behalf of our community, the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)'s innovation idea is to improve connectivity to and within Aboriginal communities and remote areas that are hampered by the digital divide, helping to ensure equal access to the digital tools required by tomorrow’s diverse leaders. We also recommend leveraging the existing National Research and Education Network (NREN) to provide higher capacity bandwidth and connectivity to the researchers and institutions who need it, especially in data-intensive fields.

Credit: ORION, CANARIE

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Agricultural Institute of Canada

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Federal infrastructure to improve broadband services in rural communities would allow farmers greater access to new technological tools, as well as pa .... Read more

Federal infrastructure to improve broadband services in rural communities would allow farmers greater access to new technological tools, as well as participate in the transfer of new discoveries and knowledge. Although there are many online tools available for knowledge transfer, the broadband infrastructure in rural areas must be accessible for end-users to take advantage of these tools.

Credit: Agricultural Institute of Canada

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A variety of cell phone operating systems

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I just read a short book on Firefox OS. Certainly we don't live well with two smart phone companies only. Apple or Google?
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Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030 by Silicon Valley: errors and omissions

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Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030 appears to be written by people who think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Agriculture, forestry, m .... Read more

Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030 appears to be written by people who think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Agriculture, forestry, mining, energy, manufacturing, shipping, government, peacekeeping, 218 trillion dollars in crumbling global infrastructure and sectors other than Silicon Valley consumers are largely overlooked. Some Silicon Valley companies appear to be based upon obtaining data on consumers, selling the data and targeting consumers with advertising and consumer goods. Thus the report may seek to protect such interests.

 

Such a myopic viewpoint overlooks that laws that regulate industries also regulate AI in those industries. Duh! Civil code such as decennial liabilities which govern most of the world’s infrastructure is overlooked. So too, common law insurance hardly covers decennial liability. Regardless, the scope of the law is everything on earth’s surface, above and below it. 1,000 years of common law cases cover virtually all real situations and together with codified law covers nearly all human activity under discussion. Where AI augments humans, joint and several liability would prima facie apply.

 

AI in healthcare in the paper appears concerned that Silicon Valley businesses collect more healthcare information on consumers, rather than such interesting areas as protein folding, cancer vaccines, AI as applied by Enlitic and Nanthealth and so on. How can 12,000 diseases be diagnosed by physicians unless augmented by AI? The Silicon Valley paradigm has not provided security to consumers, it’s a huge impediment to moving forward, and healthcare regulations ought to generally apply, be adopted and adapted to AI in healthcare. NHS is on it. Ditto numerous healthcare regions. That is not a good prognosis for Silicon Valley companies which are routinely hacked.

 

The collateral question is the extent to which Silicon Valley companies which have focused on tracking users and have failed to secure users should be shut out of healthcare, commerce, education and processing legal disputes. Have they served their limited purpose in history and is it time to move on? What is hula hoop technology and what advances civilization? What AI is investment grade and what AI is snake oil?

 

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Flow Through Common Shares

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on 09/01/2016 1472774373
Canada should expand the scope of Flow Through Shares, as described here and here. Startups are research and development intensive with little co .... Read more

Canada should expand the scope of Flow Through Shares, as described here and here. Startups are research and development intensive with little commercial value before they are achieve "product market fit," incurring expenses but not the revenue needed to write them off. If a company fails pre-revenue, there is no commercial value for investors to recoup any portion of their investment. This excess risk deters would be investors. Flow Through Shares solves for this. It would provide further incentive for investors to invest in early stage companies by allowing them to claim early stage expenses while providing startups with the cash they need. It is a practice that has proven successful in the mining and energy sectors and can help strengthen Canada’s startup scene, increasing Canada’s presence in a digital world. Everyone wins. 

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True Calling Canada

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True Calling is a one-stop multimedia resource that provides the requisite knowledge and tools to help people find and secure a job they will love. Th .... Read more

True Calling is a one-stop multimedia resource that provides the requisite knowledge and tools to help people find and secure a job they will love. Through a content-rich website and engaging programming, we provide inspiring and comprehensive career information that is second to none in terms of both breadth and depth. Our innovative multimedia platform takes a detailed look at every facet of selecting a career, including education and training requirements, future job security, economic trends, and so much more.

We’re helping people find the career they’re passionate about and showing them the best path forward to achieve it.

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A robust broadband strategy should be a key pillar of the innovation agenda

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“A robust broadband strategy should be a key pillar of the Trudeau government's innovation agenda. Broadband infrastructure has become a driver .... Read more

“A robust broadband strategy should be a key pillar of the Trudeau government's innovation agenda. Broadband infrastructure has become a driver of innovation, digital adoption, and economic growth. Everything from consumer products to high-tech business processes to medical research rely upon a digital foundation.”

Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Regulatory Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at Duke University's Rethinking Regulation Program, based at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Andrea Renda, Steering Canada clear of Europe's disastrous broadband strategy: MLI study by Andrea Renda. MacdonaldLaurier.ca. August 24 

Credit: Andrea Renda, MacdonaldLaurier.ca

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A real innovation agenda requires world-leading broadband infrastructure

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“Ottawa has rightly called innovation a national priority. But a real innovation agenda requires world-leading broadband infrastructure to susta .... Read more

“Ottawa has rightly called innovation a national priority. But a real innovation agenda requires world-leading broadband infrastructure to sustain it. The lesson from Europe is that mandating access to high-speed broadband at regulated prices is not the best way to get there.”

Andrea Renda is the author of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute study, "Winners and Losers in Global Race for Ultra-Fast Broadband: A Cautionary Tale from Europe," and Sean Speer is a senior fellow at the institute.

Andrea Renda, Wrong plan for broadband, National Post. August 24, 2016.

 

Credit: Andrea Renda, National Post

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Increase access to health data

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ISSUES ADDRESSED Access to Canadian health data for purposes of research and assessment of innovations. Under-utilization of the enormous potential .... Read more

ISSUES ADDRESSED

Access to Canadian health data for purposes of research and assessment of innovations.

Under-utilization of the enormous potential of BigData for the advancement of medical research, the effectiveness of health systems and the quality of patient care.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

Create a safe digital infrastructure to allow better access to Canadian health data for research stakeholders (public and private).

Ensure inter-operability of data from the different provinces by using a nomenclature and international standards.

DESIRED RESULTS

Distinctive positioning internationally.

Make choices based on conclusive data.

Attract foreign investments.

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