How Canada is working to ensure space debris isn’t a ‘major’ risk to Earth

The Canadian Space Agency says it takes the issue of space debris “very seriously” and is working to ensure it doesn’t pose any “major risks” to Earth after a piece of orbital junk was recently discovered in rural Saskatchewan. The incident, which experts say was likely linked to a SpaceX spacecraft, is being looked into … Read more

Major Social Media Sites Are Failing LGBTQ+ People: Report

Major social media companies are failing to protect LGBTQ+ users from hate speech and harassment, according to a new report from GLAAD out Tuesday. The Social Media Safety Index report highlights how major platforms either do not have policies to protect user data or fail to enforce them; refuse to safeguard users against against online … Read more

Need info from a doctor or nurse? YouTube Health is expanding its expertise – National

Amid the growing trend of Canadians seeking health-care guidance online, YouTube is poised to confront the issue of misinformation head-on. Starting Thursday, the video platform will begin verifying health-care creators’ credentials, ensuring that only licensed and trusted doctors, nurses and mental health professionals deliver authoritative content on YouTube Health. “We have billions of views of … Read more

B.C. cuts deal with Meta, Google on emergency info

The B.C. government and social media giants have made what they call a “historic collaboration” for youth safety online. A joint statement from Premier David Eby and representatives of Meta, Google, TikTok, X and Snap Inc., the parent of Snapchat, says they met to help young people stay safe online, one of the most important … Read more

‘High risk’: Canada, allies warn of state-sponsored cyberthreats to civil society – National

Cyber actors backed by Russia, China and other foreign adversaries are increasingly targeting non-profit and advocacy groups, journalists, human rights activists and other members of civil society, cyber agencies from Canada and other allies say. A joint advisory issued Tuesday from Canada’s Communications Security Establishment, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and FBI, and … Read more

Trudeau says Meta news standoff ‘a test moment’ as wildfire season arrives

Canada’s dispute with Meta is a “test moment” for the country to stand against the social media giant that’s making billions off people, but taking no responsibility for the well-being of communities it profits from, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau made his comments in West Kelowna, one of several B.C. communities involved in … Read more

TikTok, ByteDance sue U.S. over law seeking sale or ban of app – National

TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance sued in U.S. federal court on Tuesday seeking to block a law signed by President Joe Biden that would force the divestiture of the short video app used by 170 million Americans or ban it. The companies filed their lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, arguing … Read more

New law banning some passwords in the U.K. an ‘important start,’ expert says – Winnipeg

Amid growing global cybersecurity threats, a tech expert is saying the United Kingdom is getting it mostly right with a new law. The country is the first in the world to ban generic passwords on new smart devices. “The manufacturer under this law, when you buy (a smart device), they will not be allowed to … Read more

U.K. bans generic passwords over cybersecurity concerns. Should Canada be next? – National

The United Kingdom has introduced a new law that bans generic passwords on smart devices in order to protect consumers from cyber attacks. Experts say Canada should adopt similar measures, as the pressing issue of cybersecurity continues to grow. The new law officially came into effect on Monday with the purpose of protecting consumers from … Read more

Boeing to launch astronauts into space aboard new capsule – National

After years of delays and stumbles, Boeing is finally poised to launch astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. It’s the first flight of Boeing’s Starliner capsule with a crew on board, a pair of NASA pilots who will check out the spacecraft during the test drive and a weeklong stay at the space … Read more