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It’s time to get Canada connected

Cybera has joined a cross-Canada coalition of organizations and businesses who are pushing for widespread internet access to be made a priority by government and telcos. Even before the social distancing policies that have come into force to fight COVID-19, people have become increasingly reliant on the Internet to access work, education, training, government services …

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Cybera and Alberta education institutions expand collaborative partnership

Working with the Alberta Association for Higher Education Information Technology, Cybera will expand the learning, cybersecurity, and purchasing power of the province’s education sectors. In a move that will increase the technology capabilities of Alberta’s educational institutions, while reducing costs, the Alberta Association for Higher Education Information Technology (AAHEIT) has voted to join with Cybera’s …

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Cybera and Alberta Innovates team up on COVID-19 hackathon

COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and “flattening the curve” is a critical approach for slowing the spread of the disease. Alberta Innovates, together with Cybera, are holding a virtual open data science hackathon from April 10 to May 8. The goal is to: Build data driven insights into “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 infections Map …

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Research proves the connectivity barriers faced by Indigenous communities are very real, and very limiting

The ConnectIN project was a two-year pilot project evaluating the internet connectivity in First Nations communities in BC, Alberta and Manitoba. Led by three First Nations’ regional technology organizations, and facilitated by Cybera, the goal of this project was to better assess gaps in infrastructure and services. ConnectIN wrapped up in February 2020. In this post, we …

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COVID-19 update: Network and cloud resources available to Albertans

Cybera and its partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) are working to ensure that our infrastructure continues to support the needs of Canadian research and education communities as the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves. Our network teams are on alert and sharing information as they monitor network operations across the country. We are …

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Alberta’s public shared procurement program adds communications hardware and services

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has now added a variety of telephony equipment, licensing, and services to its catalogue of offerings. The “unified communications” (UC) services will make it easier for education institutions to administer secure phone and videoconferencing tools across their entire organizations. This is expected to further ease costs and reduce workloads for …

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Students in southern Alberta are learning to “hack” open data to gain in-demand technology skills

This morning, over 100 Grades 7-12 students are learning in-demand digital literacy skills – including data analysis and coding – at the Southwest Alberta Hackathon, hosted by Cybera, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), and Palliser Regional Schools. Working out of the Picture Butte High School gym, students will use open data from …

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Alberta post-secondaries come together to fight cybersecurity threats

To combat rising cybersecurity threats to education and research organizations, Alberta’s 26 post-secondary institutions (PSIs) are teaming up to collectively share information and strategies to enhance the security and privacy of their digital assets. Facilitated by Cybera, this first-of-its-kind collaboration will not only save time and money for individual organizations looking to tackle these issues, …

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In the spirit of giving, Cybera’s Internet Buying Group offers its 13th major price decrease

Friday the 13th marks an appropriate day for Cybera to announce the 13th major price decrease for the Internet Buying Group since its launch in 2012. As of January 1, 2020, the price of bandwidth for Group members will go down from $1.50 per Mbps to $1.35 per Mbps, a 10% drop. The Internet Buying …

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Understanding our planet through aurora: An NREN case study by Cybera

People have been intrigued by the majesty of the Aurora Borealis for thousands of years. Far from just a beautiful atmospheric phenomenon, auroras help us model and predict space weather, understand the earth’s magnetosphere, and experiment with plasma physics. Through decades of aurora research, we have uncovered a treasure trove of scientific information about the …

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Cybera’s response to the Competition Bureau’s review of anti-competitive conduct in the digital economy

Last week, Cybera submitted a response to the Competition Bureau’s call for comments on anti-competitive conduct in the digital economy. In its discussion document, the Competition Bureau called attention to the increasing market concentration of certain core digital markets, including digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. The Bureau noted the role that big data …

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Cybera’s response to telco petition to increase wholesale internet rates

Last week, Canada’s largest telecommunications providers, including Bell, Rogers and Telus, petitioned the federal government to reverse the CRTC’s August 2019 decision to lower wholesale rates. These rates are what the large telecommunication firms charge to resellers to provide internet services.  In its August 2019 decision, the CRTC stated that; “The Commission considers that the …

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Cybera’s Data Science for Albertans fellowship helps local startup streamline injury claims

In January 2019, Edmonton-based entrepreneur Mike Zouhri was injured in a car accident, requiring him to navigate Alberta’s complex legal system. Like the other 17,000 automobile injury claims that happen in Alberta every year, he had a complex legal claim he needed help to resolve. In order to do that, Zouhri realized he would need …

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Alberta’s Cost-Saving Public Shared Procurement Service Adds Vital Public Cloud Offerings

Since it launched in 2017, ShareIT has saved Alberta’s education sector nearly $9.5 million.  Alberta educators have come to rely on cloud-based tools to deliver classroom learning content, as well as to manage their back-end operations. To meet this growing need for cloud services, Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has added Amazon Web Services (AWS) …

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Callysto’s nation-wide classroom rollout is underway

A free interactive learning platform that brings computational thinking, coding, and data science skills into classrooms is rolling out across the country, thanks to new funding from the national CanCode program.  Callysto is a curriculum-based learning and skills development platform for students in Grades 5-12 that is accessible from any device with an internet connection. The tool …

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Data transfers and consumer privacy part two: Cybera’s response to Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada

In early September, Cybera submitted its response to a consultation by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada on the modernization of Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). (This followed our August submission to an Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) consultation on transfers for processing.) Comments were requested on a number …

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