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Things Are Good: Iceland Wants to Help Journalists Expose Real Threats

Iceland continues on it’s quest to be the ‘Switzerland of data‘ and is extending its program to do so for journalists. Part of the country’s plan to become a haven for people exposing the immoral and questionable behaviour of powerful people is already in action. Iceland is quickly achieving its goal of not only protecting . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Iceland Wants to Help Journalists Expose Real Threats

Things Are Good: Will Iceland be the “Switzerland of Data”?

Iceland is the de facto home of Wikileaks and is also a country concerned with privacy issues. The country is now considering leveraging their experience and reputation of being digital-data friendly to the next level. Presently, the country is considering branding itself as the “Switzerland of Data.”

If Iceland does move ahead with this, it . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Will Iceland be the “Switzerland of Data”?

Things Are Good: LHC Data Freely Accessible from CERN

The Large Hadron Collider run by CERN is making huge insights into the fundamental workings of the universe. Already it has found evidence the Higgs-Boson and other groovy particles in physics.

Now CERN is setting all that data that’s been collected free to use! Now you can use research generated by one of the most . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: LHC Data Freely Accessible from CERN

Things Are Good: Surfing Oceanic Data

The ocean is massive and it’s experiencing massive change thanks to climate change and humans depleting its resources. We know this, but we don’t know the extent of the harm done to the oceans nor many other aspects of life in the seas.

A surfer and engineer, Benjamin Thompson, decided to do tackle these problems. . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Surfing Oceanic Data

The Right-Wing Observer: US Journalistic Sensationalism in Aftermath of #OttawaShooting

CNN, in their attempt to fill air time after the apparent terror attack in Ottawa (#OttawaShooting), began asking American pundits whether their Northern border with Canada was safe. Erin Burnnett accompanied that discussion with a graphic comparing their Northern border with their Southern border with Mexico which distorted the facts of the issue to make . . . → Read More: The Right-Wing Observer: US Journalistic Sensationalism in Aftermath of #OttawaShooting

Melissa Fong: Getting drunk will get you raped = How you should NOT interpret this data

… Now, I know a lot of people are going to interpret this data wrongly. You are going to be tempted to think, “Well, more reason to act like a proper lady and not get drunk at bars. If you don’t get drunk, you won’t be taken advantage of.” This would be the wrong conclusion. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Getting drunk will get you raped = How you should NOT interpret this data

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Luxury Index is through the roof

Numbers season is over but good inequality data is still missing. January sees us regularly bombarded with a whole range of economic statistics about the previous year. GDP growth: likely 1.7%, low but looking brighter for next year. Unemployment: 7.2%, low but lots of workers leaving the job market altogether as the employment rate stagnates. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Luxury Index is through the roof

ParliamANT Hill: Security gaps found in destruction of top-secret military data

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/security-gaps-found-in-destruction-of-top-secret-military-data-1.2490752

eaves.ca: The Past, Present and Future of Sensor Journalism

This weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School for a workshop on sensor journalism.

The workshop (hashtag #towsenses) brought together a “community of journalists, hackers, makers, academics and researchers to explore the use of sensors in journalism; a crucial source of information . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Past, Present and Future of Sensor Journalism

openalex: écoHackMTL: An excellent launch

We had an excellent turnout for the écoHackMTL launch.  A big thank-you to everyone who helped me put it together!  If you missed the action you can see a few photos over on our facebook page.

With close to 75 people in the room the energy was phenomenal, and we had a good mix of developers, community activists and NGOs, and representatives from the city.  Those were exactly the connections that we were trying to make possible.

Now the questions is how much of that momentum we can translate into concrete projects between now and the hack itself in October.

Stay tuned.  And for more info check out www.ecohackmtl.org. . . . → Read More: openalex: écoHackMTL: An excellent launch

openalex: écoHackMTL: An excellent launch

We had an excellent turnout for the écoHackMTL launch.  A big had for everyone who helped me put it together!  If you missed the action you can see a few photos over on our facebook page.

With close to 75 people in the room the energy was phenomenal, and we had a good . . . → Read More: openalex: écoHackMTL: An excellent launch

The Scott Ross: Idle No More Might Be Popular No More: Polls

A few online polls suggest Idle No More is not supported by a majority of Canadians.

Though there appears to be no major polling done as of yet, three recent online polls give some idea about the popularity of Idle No More.

The larger of the polls was on Jan.3, Winnipeg Free Press had . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Idle No More Might Be Popular No More: Polls

Trashy's World: OCDSB survey

You might remember that I wrote about this last year. Now the Ottawa public school board has some results to talk about. And they are for sure talking about it. The big takeaway for them is the diversity of the student population. Now, anyone can see this for themselves by following a school bus around . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: OCDSB survey

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Netflix exec says "Canadians have almost third-world access to the Internet"

Big telecom companies across Canada are continuing to employ ‘usage-based billing’, an punitive billing practice that restricts data allowances. Though many of you fought back against UBB via the Stop The Meter campaign—you prevented it from being imposed across the entire Internet service market—Big Telecom continues to use it to price-gouge Canadians. . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Netflix exec says "Canadians have almost third-world access to the Internet"

eaves.ca: Lying with Maps: How Enbridge is Misleading the Public in its Ads

The Ottawa Citizen has a great story today about an advert by Enbridge (the company proposing to build a oil pipeline across British Columbia) that includes a “broadly representational” map that shows prospective supertankers steaming up an unobstructed Douglas Channel channel on their way to and from Kitimat – the proposed terminus of the pipeline.

. . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Lying with Maps: How Enbridge is Misleading the Public in its Ads

eaves.ca: Real Estate as Platform: Canadian Real Estate Industry looking for developers

As some readers know, I’ve been asked from time to time by members of the real estate industry to comment on the future of their industry, how technology might impact it and how open data (both the government variety, and the trend by regulators to make the industry’s data more open) may alter it.

It . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Real Estate as Platform: Canadian Real Estate Industry looking for developers

eaves.ca: Inferring Serial Killers with Data: A Lesson from Vancouver

For those happily not in the know, my home town of Vancouver was afflicted with a serial killer during the 80’s and 90’s who largely targeted marginalized women in the downtown eastside – the city’s (and one of the country’s) poorest neighborhoods.

The murderer – Robert Picton – was ultimately caught in February 2002 and . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Inferring Serial Killers with Data: A Lesson from Vancouver

eaves.ca: Data Wars: A mini-case study of Southwest Airlines vs. TripIt and Orbitz

As a regular flyer, I’m an enormous fan of TripIt. It’s a simple service in which you forward almost any reservation – airline, hotel, car rental, etc… to plans@tripit.com and their service will scan it, grab the relevant data, and create a calendar of events for you. While it’s a blessing not to have to . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Data Wars: A mini-case study of Southwest Airlines vs. TripIt and Orbitz

eaves.ca: The Future of Academic Research

Yesterday, Nature – one of the worlds premier scientific journals recognized University of British Columbia scientist Rosie Redfield as one of the top 10 science newsmakers of 2011.

The reason?

After posting a scathing attack on her blog about a paper that appeared in the journal Science, Redfield decided to attempt to recreate the experiment . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Future of Academic Research

DeSmogBlog: Congress Says No To Free Climate Service

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This week, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives sent a strong message to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – they’re not concerned about climate change. The NOAA had asked Congress for permission to create a new National Climate Service within the NOAA’s own offices, but Congress decided that the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Congress Says No To Free Climate Service

eaves.ca: International Open Data Hackathon 2011: Better Tools, More Data, Bigger Fun

Last year, with only a month of notice, a small group passionate people announced we’d like to do an international open data hackathon and invited the world to participate. We were thinking small but fun. Maybe 5 or 6 cities. We got it wrong. In the end people from over 75 cities around the world […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: International Open Data Hackathon 2011: Better Tools, More Data, Bigger Fun

eaves.ca: Ada Lovelace Day – On Dr. Connie Eaves

For those who don’t know: Today – October 7th – is Ada Lovelace Day. It’s a day where you “share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today.” It would be remiss for me not to blog […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Ada Lovelace Day – On Dr. Connie Eaves

OpenMedia.ca: Rogers LTE and 4G: Beyond Sales Puffery?

This blog post comes courtesy of Mike Fujimoto, PIAC’s summer student intern. I hope to add occasional pieces on the open internet from a telecom-regulatory-consumer-advocate perspective and not to make them too dull. Thanks. John Lawford, Counsel, … . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Rogers LTE and 4G: Beyond Sales Puffery?

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Global Temperature Data Released by "Climategate" Researchers

HadCRUT3.jpg TEMPERATURE data from more than 5,000 weather stations used to compile a key global record of surface temperatures has been released to the public. The raw data, sent from weather ag… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Global Temperature Data Released by "Climategate" Researchers

eaves.ca: How Dirty is Your Data? Greenpeace Wants the Cloud to be Greener

My friends over at Greenpeace recently published an interesting report entitled “How dirty is your data? A Look at the Energy Choices That Power Cloud Computing.” For those who think that cloud computing is an environmentally friendly business, let’s just say… it’s not without its problems. What’s most interesting is the huge opportunity the cloud […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: How Dirty is Your Data? Greenpeace Wants the Cloud to be Greener