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Internet experts and leaders share local solutions at the Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum

Last month, the Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition (ARCC) hosted its second annual Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum, which brought together community leaders from across the province. The two-day event, held in Sylvan Lake, highlighted the differing  internet access issues faced by many Alberta communities, and evaluated opportunities available through the Government of Alberta’s new rural broadband …

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CyBear provides Alberta a new level of cyber security

Cybera is about to launch a suite of new security services, including CyBear! Hailing from the Canadian Rockies, this cybernetic grizzly will protect kids and “cubs” in Alberta’s school districts from malicious online agents. … Okay, CyBear may be an April Fool’s joke, but the increase in cyber threats is not. Cyber attacks are on …

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ALBERTA BROADBAND STRATEGY AIMS TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE BY 2026

Today, Premier Jason Kenney and Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish released the long-awaited Alberta Broadband Strategy 2022: connecting Albertans, growing the economy. Cybera was pleased to see many of the initiatives we have previously advocated for in the new strategy, which we believe are necessary to create vital connectivity links in the province. The strategy …

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Cybera cloud helping Alberta school protect student privacy

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Alberta offers several lesson plans to help students protect their privacy on the internet, including one titled “Getting the Toothpaste Back into the Tube: A Lesson on Online Information.” The lesson’s main takeaway is that, once something is put online, it’s almost impossible to take back offline. As …

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Data science fellowship helps companies and emerging data scientists flourish

Last August, Cybera’s Data Science For Albertans (DSFA) team wrapped up its 2021 industry fellowship. This was the third year we offered the program, which provides an opportunity for emerging data scientists to get real-world experience, while assisting local organizations along their data science adoption journey. Five industry partners, from a variety of sectors, participated …

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City of Calgary becomes first municipality in Alberta to offer eduroam

The City of Calgary has become only the second municipality in Canada to offer eduroam (education roaming), a global internet access service for the higher education and research sector. This means any staff or students from any eduroam-connected organization — including local post-secondary institutions as well as ones from around the world — can automatically …

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2021 Data Science Industry Fellowships help Albertans gain real-world experience and encourage local companies to adopt data science tools

Cybera’s Data Science Industry Fellowship 2021 cohort has commenced, with 19 budding data scientists paired with five Alberta-based organizations to work on an internal data project. Over the next six weeks, the emerging data scientists (Fellows) will develop a proof-of-concept tool that can be used by their industry partner to improve operations or support the …

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Industry Hackathon helps solve “digital divide” while supporting professional development

On June 4, 2021, participants from across Alberta presented unique solutions and tactics to the issue of rural internet access gaps following the month-long Bridging the Connectivity Challenge Hackathon. This event, which was spearheaded by Cybera and ISAIC, brought together more than 100 registrants to address the following objectives: Use available data to assess the …

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Federal committee suggests new ways to improve telecoms competition (and offers slight rebuke of CRTC)

On June 22, 2021, the federal Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology released its study Affordability and Accessibility of Telecommunications Services in Canada: Encouraging Competition to (Finally) Bridge the Digital Divide. The study offered recommendations for improving competition in Canada’s telecommunications industry, and also provided a rebuke for recent CRTC decisions that have caused …

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Cybera is excited to announce the signing of a partnership agreement with Platform Calgary

This month, Cybera joined with the research and business incubation community in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Platform Calgary, with the purpose of fostering growth within Calgary’s technology ecosystem. As part of this agreement, the organizations will work collaboratively to ensure Calgary achieves its goal of tripling the city’s existing tech sector in the …

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Federal Budget 2021 invests in research, connectivity and data governance

On April 19, the federal government tabled its 2021 budget: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Resilience. The first federal budget tabled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it contained a number of economic measures to address Canada’s path to recovery over the next year and onwards, including expansions to the federal wage …

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Strengthening Connections In Times of Change

Celebrating Canada’s research and education community – especially now In 2020, the global pandemic meant Canada’s research, education and innovation sector had to pivot quickly. From moving rapidly to remote education delivery at the outset of the pandemic, to focusing new efforts on COVID-19 research and ensuring the security of information across the ecosystem, Canadians …

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Happy Holidays from Cybera!

(We’re dropping the price of our Internet Buying Group, again) As we head into the holiday season (and finally draw this year to a close!), Cybera is pleased to offer some good news for 2021: we are dropping the price of bandwidth in the Internet Buying Group from $1.30 per Mbps to $1.20 per Mbps. …

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Canada’s new privacy bill – what it means for Canadians

This past Tuesday, November 17, the federal government announced it was tabling Bill C-11, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA). This bill represents a significant shift in privacy legislation in Canada. It follows a period of public consultations initiated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), including last year’s calls for comments on the modernization …

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Seeking civic partners to help host eduroam

Cybera is seeking municipal and library partners in Alberta who are interested in joining a free service that provides instant Wi-Fi access to a large subset of their visitors: eduroam. What is eduroam? Eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, global, Wi-Fi roaming service developed by the international research and education community, and available in more …

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