Year: 2018

New Hub in Red Deer Will Help Schools and Researchers Collaborate Easier and Faster

After years of negotiations and maintenance work, Cybera is pleased to announce that a high-speed networking point of presence (PoP) has been installed in Red Deer. Red Deer College and the Red Deer Public School District were the first institutions to connect to the new PoP, at a rate of up to 1 Gbps. Utilizing …

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Introducing the AI Initiative: Alberta’s Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Source

By Shea Johnson, Founder of the AI Initiative What is the AI Initiative? Borne from the drive to learn more about artificial intelligence, my vision for the AI Initiative is to provide post-secondary students, the general public, and eventually K-12 students with the knowledge and resources to work with AI. Through this vision, I want …

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ShareIT Adds Security Services and Knowledge-Sharing Opportunities

As global hacks and data breaches continue to dominate headlines, Alberta educators are moving to increase the sophistication of their security tools, while collaborating on a joint line of defense. Last month, Alberta’s ShareIT procurement program added security services to its catalogue of offerings. In addition, ShareIT is now offering a learning platform for members …

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SuperNet Outage

Category: Network service disruption on the Calgary SuperNet Start Time: Thursday, Nov 1, 2018, 08:23 MDT End Time: Thursday, Nov 1, 2018, 09:40 MDT Duration: 77 minutes This was a wide spread outage and service interruption to multiple services in the Calgary and aggregating communities. Axia dispatched a tech to the site, and the connection …

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ConnectIN:Testing the gaps in First Nations’ Internet connectivity

Getting adequate access to internet continues to be an issue for First Nation communities. But the extent of this problem is still not fully known. In 2019-2020, ConnectIN evaluated the internet connectivity of First Nation communities in western Canada. Led by led by three First Nations regional technology organizations, its goal was to better assess …

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ShareIT expands its catalogue offerings

Alberta’s ShareIT procurement service has successfully entered its second year, marking $3.38 million in savings thus far for participating members. Now, the catalogue of end-user computing and networking hardware that can be purchased through ShareIT has expanded to include more products (under the categories of laptops, desktops, tablets, and wireless access points) from additional manufacturers. …

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JupyterCon: (Some of) The Callysto Team Goes Global!

This past August, myself and fellow Cybera data sciencer Byron Chu, as well as some colleagues from the Pacific Institute of Mathematics (PIMS), travelled to New York to attend JupyterCon. JupyterCon is an annual event for both users and developers of Jupyter notebooks to come together to discuss how they are using or improving this …

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Foreshadow: What you need to know about the IaaS vulnerability

Intel recently raised awareness of several new vulnerabilities that affect its hardware processors. The vulnerabilities, known as L1 Terminal Fault, or “Foreshadow”, enable malicious users to obtain sensitive information from a processor's cache that should normally be secured and unaccessible. The Foreshadow series of vulnerabilities is particularly dangerous in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud …

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Helping Edmontonians Access The Services They Need

Hundreds of Edmontonians are able to access benefits more easily, thanks to a new tool hosted on Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud. Individuals, families and community workers in Edmonton are spending less time sifting through the myriad of information on financial needs and assistance, thanks to the recently launched online screening tool, You Can Benefit. Each …

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Cybera’s Chief Operating Officer Selected To Sit On Alberta’s Talent Advisory Council on Technology

Cybera’s Barb Carra is one of 16 Albertans selected to form the province’s Talent Advisory Council on Technology. Together, they will provide advice and input to the Government of Alberta on strategies, investments and outcomes on tech-related training programs. The council – a mix of leaders from the tech industry and post-secondary institutions, along with student and labour …

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The Ins and Outs of Blockchain — What Alberta Organizations Need to Know

By Cybera’s Data Science Team Key Blockchain Terms Smart contract: A programming technology that validates a transaction automatically. It can authorize or decline a transaction, based on whether it meets pre-existing conditions. The smart contract could be compared to a banking program that immediately declines your debit card payment when you have insufficient funds. Open …

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Western Canadian teachers trial new technology to build computational thinking

Callysto training workshops empower teachers to lead digital literacy programs in the classroom Teachers from across Western Canada are embracing their technological curiosity and learning to navigate a new educational platform that will build the computational skills of their students. Callysto integrates research and analytics capabilities, along with other computing functions such as coding, interactive …

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Forging computational superstars: the Fort McMurray success story

Something interesting is happening in Fort McMurray’s Westwood Community High School. If you scan the news section on the school’s website, you’ll see references to: A grade 12 student winning a medal at the 2018 Canada Wide Science Fair for his project using AI and RFID for medical smart technologies. Students creating a group called …

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