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Testing the Gaps in First Nations’ Internet Access

In July 2004, the Assembly of First Nations passed a resolution directing “the government of  Canada to honour its commitment to connect every community to broadband services by 2005.” But nearly a decade and a half later, many First Nations communities remain without any internet connectivity. This issue was highlighted in 2016 by the CRTC …

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New Canadian data mining tool analyzes how public submissions affect regulatory decisions

When the CRTC sought submissions to its 2015 consultation on “Basic Telecommunications Services,” thousands of people offered their opinions on what the future of Canada’s internet should look like. For the first time ever, these submissions have been made searchable via a single, simple-to-use platform, and a surprisingly varied narrative of struggles and concerns has …

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Delving Through 65,000 Pages of Government Submissions: The Challenges

Authors: David Ackerman, Alyssa Moore, David Chan, Tatiana Meleshko, Byron Chu Last June, Cybera’s data scientists took on a monumental task: to create a tool that can easily examine the thousands of documents and testimonials that were provided to the CRTC for its 2016 “basic telecommunications service” consultation, and search for key words and common …

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New virtual firewall services will offer improved digital security to Alberta’s public sector

Two new cloud-based systems from Cybera and CIRA are giving educators “defence in depth”, while improving the cost and flexibility of their online systems The rise and increasing pervasiveness of the internet in our work, education, and play has also led to the rise of malware, spam, and harmful websites. Firewalls are a necessary tool …

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Cybera’s data science team to explore Canada’s internet regulatory process

A year after launching its data science team, Cybera is now ready to take on external projects from stakeholders looking to discover the utility of their data. For their first major project, the team has received funding to examine the thousands of documents and testimonials that were provided to the CRTC for its 2016 “basic …

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New Google connection in Calgary will speed up (and lower costs) of internet for all Albertans

Twenty years ago, the first Internet Exchange (IX) was set up in Canada (in Toronto). It was soon followed by a second, in Ottawa. Today, Canada has eight IX’s, including two here in Alberta – the YEGIX in Edmonton, and the YYCIX in Calgary. Why this explosion of exchange points? Because Canadians are tired of …

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