Canada’s cyber security chief shifts focus to developing COVID-19 vaccine passport

One of the country’s leading voices on cyber security is shifting focus to take on a new role developing the COVID-19 vaccine passport that Canadians will be able to use … Read More

White House blames YouTube, Facebook for spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

The White House has YouTube, not just Facebook, on its list of social media platforms officials say are responsible for an alarming spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and are … Read More

Pentagon axes Trump’s $10B Microsoft cloud deal, reviving Amazon bid

The U.S. Defense Department canceled its $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing project on Tuesday, pulling the Trump-era award to Microsoft Corp and announcing a new multi-vendor contract expected to include its … Read More

Canada ‘lucky’ no big hits taken from world’s largest ransomware attack: expert

Canadian companies are “lucky” that the world’s largest ransomware attack to date hasn’t affected them more substantially so far, one cybersecurity expert said. On Friday, IT software provider Kaseya was … Read More

New online calculator can predict how long seniors have left to live, what help they need

Amid a lack of proper support for Canadians receiving home-based support towards the end of their lives, a new risk calculator is helping predict how long seniors have left to … Read More

Influencers say they got offered thousands to spread fake news on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Social media influencers in France with hundreds of thousands of followers say a mysterious advertising agency offered to pay them if they agreed to smear Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine with negative … Read More

Fake news on Facebook: 18 million posts containing COVID-19 misinformation removed

Facebook and Instagram have had to remove over 18 million pieces of COVID-19-related misinformation since the start of the pandemic, according to a new report the company released on Wednesday. … Read More

Canadian medical students push for COVID-19 vaccine IP waiver

There are growing calls for Canada to support lifting patents for COVID-19 vaccines and other coronavirus-related medical products that could potentially boost global access to supplies amid the pandemic. In … Read More

Freezers that until recently held choice P.E.I. tuna will now store COVID-19 vaccine

The owner of a bluefin tuna exporting company in eastern Prince Edward Island has offered up two freezers to the provincial government as public health officials prepare to vaccinate Islanders … Read More

Moderna designed its coronavirus vaccine in 2 days — here’s how

After less than a year in the making, Moderna announced promising results for its coronavirus vaccine on Monday, saying it plans to apply for emergency use authorization in the United … Read More

Moderna’s technology for coronavirus vaccine was designed in 2 days — here’s how

After less than a year in the making, Moderna announced promising results for its coronavirus vaccine on Monday, saying it plans to apply for emergency use authorization in the United … Read More

How risky is going home for the holidays amid coronavirus? There’s a tool for that

Going home for the holidays will be a tough decision for many Canadians as the country struggles to contain a resurgence of novel coronavirus cases. With heightened community spread of … Read More

Public health officials encourage Nova Scotians to download COVID Alert app, use it properly

The federal government’s COVID Alert app has been available in Nova Scotia for more than a month, and according to the province’s public health authority, it has been used successfully … Read More

Coronavirus vaccine researchers ‘targeted’ by N.K., Russian hackers: Microsoft

Hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments have targeted more than half a dozen organizations involved in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine research around the globe, Microsoft said on Friday. The … Read More

Coronavirus: London, Ont., team creates tool to measure effectiveness, privacy of COVID-19 apps

A duo out of Western University in London, Ont., has created a new tool that they say will help provincial and national policymakers make decisions on which of the “near-endless … Read More

‘We haven’t made a final decision’ on federal COVID-19 app, Alberta premier says

The federal COVID-19 app is still not available in Alberta, but the province’s top doctor wants Albertans to use AB Trace Together to help COVID-19 contact tracing. Dr. Deena Hinshaw … Read More

Expedited COVID-19 testing now available at Calgary airport, Coutts border crossing

International travellers arriving in Alberta via the Calgary International Airport now have the option of taking a free expedited COVID-19 test to avoid quarantining for a full two weeks upon … Read More

Canada must ‘immunize’ public against misinformation before COVID-19 vaccine arrives: Tam

Canada’s chief public health doctor says in the age of social media, fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself. Dr. Theresa Tam says … Read More

EU launches system that will link national coronavirus tracing apps together

The European Commission on Monday launched an EU-wide system devised to link national COVID-19 tracing apps together in its latest effort to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. Following testing in … Read More

Nova Scotia adopts COVID ALERT app

Nova Scotia has officially adopted Health Canada’s COVID ALERT app, which notifies residents when they may have been near an individual who tested positive for coronavirus. “As we learn to live … Read More

The COVID Alert app isn’t working as well as it should be, and Canadians are part of the problem

It has been more than two months since the Canadian government launched COVID Alert, Canada’s novel coronavirus exposure app, but federal data obtained by Global News shows less than 10 … Read More

Facebook blocks ill man’s plan to live broadcast as he stops eating, drinking

Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from a chronically ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he … Read More

Newfoundland and Labrador encouraging residents to use new COVID-19 tracing app

By The Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 3, 2020 4:14 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Newfoundland and Labrador has … Read More

Newfoundland and Labrador first in Atlantic Canada to launch COVID-19 app

Newfoundland and Labrador will be the first province in Atlantic Canada to launch a COVID Alert app. The app will provide up-to-date information and alerts in case of a COVID-19 … Read More

Apple, Google building coronavirus tracing tech directly into phone software

Apple and Google are trying to get more U.S. states to adopt their phone-based approach for tracing and curbing the spread of the coronavirus by building more of the necessary … Read More

Quebec will not roll out coronavirus exposure notification application

After public consultations, Quebec will not roll out a novel coronavirus application for smartphones because the government feels the health crisis is under control for now. Éric Caire, the junior … Read More

Quebec won’t use federal coronavirus exposure app for now

Quebec has decided not to follow Ottawa’s lead to roll out a novel coronavirus exposure application at least for now but the provincial government remains open to the idea if … Read More

Can’t download the COVID Alert app? Your operating system may be too old (or new)

The federal government on Friday released its long-awaited smartphone app that will help notify users if they’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus — but a … Read More

Making coronavirus contact-tracing app user-friendly caused delay, Hajdu says

The federal health minister says the government’s new national coronavirus contract-tracing app didn’t roll out on schedule earlier this month because the government wanted to take the time to make … Read More

Coronavirus: Feds mum on launch date for contact-tracing app after Ontario pilot delayed

The federal government isn’t yet saying exactly when Canadians can expect to download a national smartphone app developed to track contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases, nearly three weeks after the … Read More

U.S. charges Chinese hackers accused of targeting coronavirus vaccine research

Hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across … Read More

Many seniors don’t own a smartphone. Experts say it might be a ‘gap’ in tracking apps

As Canada steadies its coronavirus cases, contact tracing is quickly becoming the backbone of control and containment. A federally backed tracing app is on the horizon, and experts have said that … Read More

If contact tracing for COVID-19 stops at the border, can it really be effective?

Public health experts agree that robust programs to test more people and trace their contacts are vital for countries to safely reopen while also preventing a surge of new coronavirus … Read More

Coronavirus tracing app not yet OK’d by privacy watchdog, but outside experts give thumbs up

The federal government’s newly announced coronavirus contact-tracing app hasn’t yet been approved by the federal privacy watchdog but outside privacy and cybersecurity experts are already giving the digital tool an … Read More

Coronavirus contact-tracing app to launch nationally in early July, Trudeau says

A smartphone app developed to help with coronavirus contact-tracing efforts will be launched nationally in early July, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday. Trudeau said the app, which will … Read More

Coronavirus contact tracing app to launch nationally in coming weeks: Trudeau

A smartphone app developed to help with coronavirus contact tracing efforts will be launched nationally in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday. Trudeau said the app, … Read More

Online platforms scramble as content moderators in short supply amid coronavirus

While hundreds of thousands of companies across the country have seen work grind to a halt amid COVID-19, Chris Priebe is experiencing the opposite. The owner of Two Hat, an … Read More

Canada’s auction of 5G wireless spectrum to telecom firms delayed due to coronavirus

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 5, 2020 4:41 pm Updated June 5, 2020 4:45 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Coronavirus risk hasn’t changed space training much, Canadian astronauts say

On Saturday, SpaceX is expected to launch a historic flight to and from the International Space Station that will revolutionize space exploration, following an initial delay due to weather concerns. … Read More

Coronavirus conspiracy theory linking pandemic to 5G technology sparks cell tower fires

On Friday, May 1, police in Laval, Quebec, received a call that a cellular tower was on fire. One week later, provincial police arrested a couple in their 20s in … Read More

Coronavirus contact tracing app ready for rollout, says Montreal AI institute

One of the world’s leading artificial intelligence research institutes is ready to offer governments across Canada a contact-tracing smartphone application for COVID-19 infections that it promises will protect users’ personal … Read More

Digital screenings, PPE and no waiting rooms — how COVID-19 is changing dentistry

Dentistry clinics, like many businesses, shut down operations in mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic took hold of Canada. Two months later, they are wrestling with how to reopen and stay … Read More

South Korea promises more privacy as it tracks contacts of new coronavirus cases

South Korean health authorities said on Thursday they would revise their practice of publicizing the travel routes of coronavirus patients due to fears of a backlash against people who attended … Read More

New Uber coronavirus measures to require drivers, passengers to wear masks

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2020 4:17 pm Updated May 13, 2020 4:19 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Robot ‘dog’ named Spot to help social distancing efforts at Singapore park

A four-legged robot dog named Spot is set to help social distancing efforts in one of Singapore’s national parks during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Developed by Boston Dynamics, the yellow … Read More

First at-home saliva test to detect coronavirus authorized by U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has authorized the first diagnostic test for the new coronavirus that allows patients to collect saliva samples at-home. The decision … Read More

Google data suggests Canadians following COVID-19 rules, but experts wary over privacy

Nearly three months into lockdowns and physical distancing in the time of COVID-19, it seems Canadians are still getting the message. Recent data collected by Google provides insight into how … Read More

Provinces eye technology-enhanced contact tracing in next phase of COVID-19 fight

Using the simple tools of a telephone, paper and pen, contact tracers across Canada are handling some of the most important work in the fight against COVID-19. In Alberta, a … Read More