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Internet Advocacy And The Constant Fight For Internet Rights

Internet Advocacy

The internet has been one of the greatest achievements in humanity, but it comes with scrutiny. Today, many online advocates are fighting for the rights of people that use the internet. The people that are fighting for our rights have began to make strides in the way businesses (especially those exclusively on the internet) can act. Let’s take a look at the advances that internet advocates have made to protect the rights of internet users around the world. 

The Online Advocacy Initiative 

Some people still believe that the internet is still new and doesn’t require the need for advocacy, but they are the ones that have had little interaction with unscrupulous online businesses or don’t feel concerned with their personal information being pillaged by unauthorized users. In fact, there are other internet concerns that online advocates have addressed including: 

  • Monetization consumer/visitor data 
  • Censorship 
  • Access to affordable internet services 
  • Net neutrality

Net Neutrality: The Advocates Perspective 

Net neutrality is at the forefront of online advocacy because it threatens internet freedom. According to the FCC (Federal Communication Commission), a 2015 law was passed that required online business transparency, consumer protection, protection against unnecessary regulations, and the promotion of broadband investments, but these laws were repelled in 2017. Advocates for the internet continue to fight for these initiatives to protect over 3.9 billion users that browse, make purchases, operate businesses and work online. Net neutrality continues to focus on healthy internet access for everyone. The goal is to ensure that large internet providers won’t try to maximize their profits off of the backs of those that use the web. 

Businesses of all kinds including government agencies tend to take autonomy over consumer information that’s passed over the internet and advocates are pushing for data privacy. These advocates are asking the question: “Why should Walmart, Google, or Facebook benefit from our personal information?” However, the way things stand, it may take time for the United States to get on board with privacy laws in comparison to other international regions like the European Union’s Data …

PyTorch for Beginners: Semantic Segmentation using torchvision

This post is part of the series in which we are going to cover the following topics. 1. What is Semantic Segmentation? Semantic Segmentation is an image analysis task in which we classify each pixel in the image into a class. This is similar to what us humans do all the time by default. Whenever […]

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HITEC 2019: Going back to the future

“The future is already here – it’s
just not evenly distributed.”
The Economist, December 4, 2003
– William Gibson

Where’s my jetpack? In the run-up to HITEC 2019, I am thinking about the “Guest Room of the Future.” In 2005, everyone was talking about Guest Room 2010. Over the past few years, the industry has been buzzing about Guest Room 2020. It is already 2019, but the Guest Room of 2020 has yet to arrive. What happened? Why do we have so few guest rooms with integrated technology? Why do we lack the advanced features we have repeatedly been shown and promised? 


I think there are several reasons why the Guest Room of 2020 has yet to arrive. Perhaps most importantly, the hospitality industry hasn’t managed to keep pace with expectations. In certain cases, the market decided that some future technology was looking for a problem to solve. Others may have lacked a definable ROI. In most cases, consumer technology outpaced industry development. Nevertheless, guests are finding their own way to access their favorite devices and services when they travel.

It is important to understand that providing future technology solutions for guests is dependent upon the hotel network infrastructure. Every time a great idea emerges for adding an application or service for guests or operations, the first consideration is to determine IF the infrastructure, bandwidth, security policy, and support team can enable this service. With a well-designed enterprise network infrastructure, adding applications and devices becomes a routine process.

Securing and managing multiple applications and devices is harder to do in a multi-vendor environment. Many management tools are vendor agnostic. New analytic tools across multiple platforms and provide visibility for both existing and future hotels. Although I have a personal bent to use Ruckus Networks (now part of CommScope via acquisition) for these solutions (since 2005, so I would like you too as well!), all the building blocks to create the Guest Room of the Future are available.

The hotel network is foundational to the operation of the enterprise. Owners, …

Helping hotels select staff alert devices

Selecting A Staff Alert Device

The Hospitality Technology Next Generation’s (HTNG’s) Staff Alert Technology Workgroup has published a detailed Staff Alert Device Buyer’s Guide. The 30-page guide was written to assist hoteliers seeking solution providers to partner with for the deployment of on-property staff alert technology.

alert device

According to Mark Grodzinsky, GM of IoT, Ruckus Networks (now part of CommScope via acquisition) AHLA’s 5-Star Promise is prompting thousands of hotels to select and deploy staff alert device systems.

“Workgroup members – including Ruckus Networks – have developed this buyer’s guide to assist hoteliers, from general or operations management to corporate brand executives, in building a Request for Information (RFI) or Request for Proposal (RFP) for their hotel property, portfolio or brand,” Grodzinsky told The Ruckus Room. “The objective of this guide is to assist the procurement team by identifying the most relevant questions and help enable the development of tailored RFIs and RFPs to ensure the safety and security of staff.”

Helping to Fulfill the 5-Star Promise

The 5-Star Promise is a pledge to provide hotel employees across the U.S. with employee safety devices (ESDs) and commit to enhanced policies, training, and resources. This initiative is aimed at enhancing hotel safety, including preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.

“Our announcement of the 5-Star Promise was an unprecedented show of unity within the hospitality industry, prioritizing the safety and security of the more than eight million employees and millions of guests that our industry supports,” said Chip Rogers, president, and CEO of AHLA. “As we approach the one-year anniversary of that commitment, we are shifting our focus to the challenging, but critical process of implementation. This dedicated resource will aid many hoteliers working to reach that next phase.”

Parminder Batra, co-founder, and CEO of TraknProtect expressed similar sentiments.

“Created with extensive feedback from hoteliers, property management groups and suppliers, the HTNG Staff Alert Vendors Guide represents a highly effective resource for developing vendor RFI or RFPs and to realize the best solution to support their employee’s security,” …

Protection For The Ultimate Data Storage

We are all dependent on data. No matter who we are, we rely on data to make it through the day. Data make the world go around nowadays.

We have so much data that we are always on the lookout for the best storage. One of the most common data storages for regular folks like you and me is a computer or laptop. There’s a lot of data, we just can’t live without, stored in our computer or maybe laptop. That’s just for regular folks like you and me.

Photographers and videographers need humongous data storage for all their work files. Data storage is an issue they face constantly. That’s why the G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt seems to be the ultimate storage for them.

The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt a very interesting proposition, both for stills photographers and videographers. Yes, it is big, bulky and costly, but it’s as fast as a regular USB-C SSD drive and offers storage capacities you just don’t get with regular external drives.


While it seems to be a costly solution for a huge data storage, it might just be the ultimate data storage photographers and videographers are looking for.

Photographers are always running out of storage space, and there can’t be many of us who don’t need an external drive to supplement the computer’s internal storage.

The traditional choice is to pick an external hard drive, but even the best portable hard drives are pretty slow for bulk image transfers and video editing, and while regular desktop hard drives are faster, even these have their limits. Another option is to invest in SSD (solid state storage) instead, but while this is super-fast, it’s also super-expensive. There is a third option – a desktop RAID system like the G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle.


According to, its huge potential storage is ideal for speedy transfer of data and data redundancy. The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt is also portable, which makes it very convenient for photographers on the go.

If you’re familiar …

How connectivity is shaping Africa’s digital economy

According to CIO, the mobile economy in Sub-Saharan Africa will generate more than $150 billion (or 7.9% of GDP) of economic value by 2022. Moreover, an additional 300 million people are estimated to go online by 2051, along with 44 million new cellular IoT connections. Last, but certainly not least, jobs supported by the mobile eco-system are projected to increase from 3 million in 2017 to 3.45 million in 2022.

digital economy

As Riaan Graham, sales director for Ruckus Networks (now CommScope by acquisition) sub-Saharan Africa notes, connectivity is shaping both the people and digital economy in Africa.

“One trend we are seeing is the strategic investments by a number of African countries towards becoming regional hubs,” Graham told CIO during a recent interview. “We have seen that happen in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, but other countries are now shifting their focus, with strong inroads being made – just look at Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Ghana.”

The African continent, says Graham, is full of opportunity driven by access and connectivity. Nevertheless, there is a range of challenges that need to be addressed to ensure continued growth and positive impact.

“Many challenges are still experienced at the ‘last mile’ and even the last 50 meters. [For example], most African countries have expensive fiber backbones built, but there remains a lot of investment left to be done in the ‘last mile,’” he elaborates. “Investment in rural and peri-rural areas is another challenge, because the business cases in these areas may not be as obvious. This is where innovative thinking, new business models along the value chain and partnerships between industry sectors to share costs, are required.”

Graham also points out that allocation of licensed spectrum remains an ongoing challenge for regulators across the continent. Nonetheless, east Africa, notably Kenya, is making definite progress in assigning new spectrum and promoting regulation and legislation.

“While every country has a different level of maturity, we are not seeing this positive step being taken by other countries. If we move forward, we can’t …

PyTorch for Beginners: Image Classification using Pre-trained models

This blog is part of the series in which we are going to cover the following topics. PyTorch for Beginners : Basics PyTorch for Beginners: Image Classification using Pre-trained models Image Classification using Transfer Learning in PyTorch PyTorch Model Inference using ONNX and Caffe2 Semantic Segmentation Object Detection Human Pose Keypoint Detection In the previous […]

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PyTorch for Beginners: Basics

The world is changing and so is the technology serving it. It’s crucial for everyone to keep up with the rapid changes in technology. One of the domains which is witnessing the fastest and largest evolution is Artificial Intelligence. We are training our machines to learn and the results are now getting better and better. […]

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ITAC names 2019-2020 slate of ITAC Health Board of Directors

Toronto (May 29, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) today announced the approval of the ITAC Health Board of Directors slate for the 2019 to 2020 term, during their May 29, 2019 Board meeting, which was held in Toronto, ON in conjunction with the 2019 e-Health Conference.

2019-2020 ITAC Health Board of Directors

  • Chair – Susanne Flett, Healthtech Consultant
  • Vice Chair – David Thomas, TELUS Health
  • Past Chair – Gary Folker, Orion Health

The ITAC Health Board extends their thanks outgoing Board Director Laure Tessier-Delevuk of GE Healthcare for her generous contribution of time and outstanding commitment that she has provided to ITAC Health over her tenure as a director on the board.

  • Al Amiri, Cisco Systems Canada
  • Charles Aram, Deloitte
  • Aaron Berk, KPMG
  • Michael Checkley, QHR Technologies
  • Ron Dunn, RelayHealth McKesson
  • Ian Fish, IBM Canada
  • Catherine Hunter, PwC Health Industries
  • Paula Hucko, Goldcare
  • Peter Jones, Microsoft Canada
  • Glenn Lanteigne, Tectonic Advisory Services
  • John Lee-Bartlett, Allscripts
  • David Mosher, Logibec
  • Garth Reid, Hpe
  • John Sinclair, Novari Health
  • Kyle Schilke, Amazon
  • Jim Shave, Cerner Canada
  • Sandy Penn Whitehouse, Tickit Health
  • Michel Whitt, Bennett Jones LLP


It is my pleasure to announce the 2019 ITAC Health Board of Directors. The members of the Health Board will guide the direction of ITAC’s Health division and ensure that we continue to provide valued inputs, advice and support to our members. As the voice for the health ICT vendor community, ITAC Health depends upon its Board to ensure that we deliver high value to our members.   Congratulations to the new and returning ITAC Health Board members and thank you for your dedicated efforts. Gary Folker, Chair of the ITAC Health Governance Committee and Past Chair of the ITAC Health Board. 

 About Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with …

Hard Drive Failure: How Prepared Are You For it?

Let’s talk about hard drive failure. It’s a topic we all want to avoid, right? Well, who really wants to talk about hard drive failure?

We all want to avoid the topic but when it happens to us, we think the world is going to end. Okay, that obviously is an exaggeration but you know what I mean. As much as no one wants to talk about a hard drive failure, no one want to deal with it as well.

The reality is that we all have to talk about it so that we can deal with it when it happens. So, let’s talk about it and see what computer experts, like Bob Levitus, have to say about it as well.

According to him;

You are going to lose everything on your Mac hard (or solid state) drive if you don’t back up your files.

Now that World Backup Day (March 31) has come and gone, I feel it is prudent to reiterate the bad things that will happen to your precious data—your photos, videos, essays, proposals, emails, messages, and everything else—if you don’t backup.


We might not want to admit but Bob is right. We can all lose everything on our hard drive if it fails. Bob states the simple reason why that day is bound to come.

Your hard or solid-state drive will absolutely and positively fail someday. It probably won’t be today, but the day will definitely come because all disks fail eventually.


While it’s hard to tell when that day will come, it will definitely come.

It’s rare that a hard or solid-state drive fails in its first year or two of service (though that’s not unheard of). It’s also rare that something (anything) you do to or install upon your Mac will render its disks unusable. But, while those things are rare, too, they can happen.


There’s really no denying that hard drives fail. With computer experts like Bob, weighing in on it, there’s just no …