Google to be anchor tenant at Toronto innovation hub – government source

TORONTO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc, the owner of Google, will be the anchor tenant at a site being developed on Toronto’s waterfront by local and federal governments, and will move Google’s Canada headquarters to the facility, a source said on Tuesday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce the agreement in Toronto on Tuesday with Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt and Dan Doctoroff, head of Alphabet’s Sidewalks Labs innovation unit, said the government source who was not authorized to discuss the plans ahead of a formal announcement.

Reporting by Andrea Hopkins in Ottawa; Editing by Jim Finkle and Paul Simao

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Microsoft, IBM, among others, to provide cloud services to government departments

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Gartner’s 10 Strategic Technologies For Government, 2016 Include Internet of Things, Smart Machines

Gartner forecasts 25B IoT-based installed devices by 2020, with 6.8B alone in smart cities. Smart machines will become a catalyst of Industrie 4.0 adoption across global governments. Spending by national, federal and local governments worldwide on technology products and services is forecast to grow from $ 430.1B in 2016 to $ 476.1B by 2020.

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Microsoft cuts deals in China with government organizations and companies

Microsoft announced three new tie-ups in China on the same day that the country’s President Xi Jinping and a delegation visited its campus at Redmond, Washington.

The seven deals with Chinese companies and government institutions will likely give Microsoft greater access to the country’s large market. Other companies like Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard have also announced ties with Chinese companies, a market that has been proving complex for U.S. companies because of the strong backing of the government for local players.

Microsoft, for example, announced an agreement with its cloud partner in Beijing, 21Vianet, and IT company Unisplendour to provide custom hybrid cloud solutions and services to Chinese customers, particularly state-owned enterprises.

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Microsoft cuts deals in China with government organizations and companies

Microsoft announced three new tie-ups in China on the same day that the country’s President Xi Jinping and a delegation visited its campus at Redmond, Washington.

The seven deals with Chinese companies and government institutions will likely give Microsoft greater access to the country’s large market. Other companies like Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard have also announced ties with Chinese companies, a market that has been proving complex for U.S. companies because of the strong backing of the government for local players.

Microsoft, for example, announced an agreement with its cloud partner in Beijing, 21Vianet, and IT company Unisplendour to provide custom hybrid cloud solutions and services to Chinese customers, particularly state-owned enterprises.

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NSA director just admitted that government copies of encryption keys are a big security risk

NSA chief Michael S. Rogers speaks at Fort Meade.

The director of the NSA, Admiral Michael Rogers, just admitted at a Senate hearing that when Internet companies provide copies of encryption keys to law enforcement, the risk of hacks and data theft goes way up.

The government has been pressuring technology companies to provide the encryption keys that it can use to access data from suspected bad actors. The keys allow the government “front door access,” as Rogers has termed it, to secure data on any device, including cell phones and tablets.

Rogers made the statement in answer to a question from Senator Ron Wyden at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 2.06.46 PMWyden:  “As a general matter, is it correct that anytime there are copies of an encryption key — and they exist in multiple places — that also creates more opportunities for malicious actors or foreign hackers to get access to the keys?

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 2.07.12 PMRogers: Again, it depends on the circumstances, but if you want to paint it very broadly like that for a yes and no, then i would probably say yes.”

View the exchange in this video.

Security researchers have been saying for some time that the existence of multiple copies of encryption keys creates huge security vulnerabilities. But instead of heeding the advice and abandoning the idea, Rogers has suggested that tech companies deliver the encryption key copies in multiple pieces that must be reassembled.

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“The NSA chief Admiral Rogers today confirmed what encryption experts and data scientists have been saying all along: if the government requires companies to provide copies of encryption keys, that will only weaken data protection and open the door for malicious actors and hackers,” said Morgan Reed of the App Association in a note to VentureBeat.

Cybersecurity has taken center stage in the halls of power this week, as Chinese president Xi Jinping is in the U.S. meeting with tech leaders and President Obama.

The Chinese government itself has been linked with various large data hacks on U.S. corporations and on U.S. government agencies. By some estimates, U.S. businesses lose $ 300 billion a year from Chinese intellectual property theft.

One June 2nd, the Senate approved a bill called the USA Freedom Act, meant to reform the government surveillance authorizations in the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act expired at midnight on June 1st.

But the NSA has continued to push for increased latitude to access the data of private citizens, both foreign and domestic.



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WordPress Made It Less Costly To Design Your Own Campaign Website

A while ago, being a political candidate meant that you had to pay a handsome amount of cash to web design and maintenance companies if you wanted a professional website to blow your trumpet in a political campaign. Today, things are quite different as a political candidate can start by himself, his own website and manage the content freely by using WordPress.

A while ago, being a political candidate meant that you had to pay a handsome amount of cash to web design and maintenance companies if you wanted a professional website to blow your trumpet in a political campaign. Today, things are quite different as a political candidate can start by himself, his own website and manage the content freely by using WordPress.

When WordPress first came out, it was mainly a domain of bloggers and forums. However, it has these days become a choice program for news providers, reviewers, magazines and non-governments.

WordPress is highly recommended to political campaigners because the whole idea of running it is simple yet effective in getting audience.

During the design process, you can choose from thousands of available themes and templates. You can choose those that suit your tastes, needs and what you think your site visitors may like. These themes can be installed in no time. They do not even require you to have prior knowledge of HTML.

Choosing of the template is the other major step. One should choose that template which suits most the political campaigns attribute. These come up in different more advanced but simpler to use templates every year. You therefore need to sign up to a hosting company to upload a WordPress website.

Then you can purchase a domain name and then go to the stage of installing the WordPress on that paid for domain server. These will normally give you passwords and codes needed to administrate.

The work of an administrator will be to do frequent changes on the websites. For variety’s sake, WordPress allows you to switch between a variety of banners, backgrounds, fonts and color schemes. The good news is that you can always download these different ideas from other sites free.

These said, it is obvious that one does not have to pay excessively to get a website up and running. On the contrary, there are people who will loose hundreds of thousands in revenue for no reason. Spare yourself the drama; use WordPress.

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