Group urges Ottawa to set aside spectrum again in auction

The Harper government must set aside cellular frequencies for spectrum for new or small carriers to bid on in an upcoming spectrum auction, says a consumer group. In a paper sent this week

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Many mobile apps still ask for unexplained access to device data

Too many mobile apps are collecting private subscriber data without explaining why they need it, according to a study by international government privacy commissioners. Dubbed the Global Privacy Enforcement Network Privacy Sweep, examiners from

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Mobilicity sues Ottawa for $1.2 billion

The Harper government's refusal to allow financially troubled Mobilicity to sell its spectrum to incumbent carriers has landed it in court. On Thursday Mobilicity's parents and financial backers, Data and Audio-Visual Enterprises Investments

Published on: September 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Security rules strain Canadian, U.S. IT contractors looking for federal work

News last week that a cyber attack at a third-party firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees had compromised data of at least 25,000 bureaucrats is just the latest illustration of how attackers can gain

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Revenue Canada issues tax app

Some CIOs have trouble talking to chief financial officers about technology -- those routers, IP addresses, software licences, service-oriented architectures, virtual machines do have a way of making the eye glaze over. So

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon

To delete or not to delete? That is the federal question

Almost everyone working for an organization has an overflowing email inbox. Some employers have standards on keeping the size down, while others don't care. But when the federal government issues an advisory to public servants to

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Ottawa to spring 3500 MHz spectrum for urban, rural areas

A year ago Industry Canada promised the wireless industry it would try to allocate 750 MHz worth of spectrum for commercial mobile services by 2017. On Tuesday it took another step to adding

Published on: August 19th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Calgary economists insist fourth national cellular carrier not needed

Two Calgary economists are standing firm on their argument that Ottawa is wasting its time trying to promote a fourth wireless carrier in the country because Bell, Rogers and Telus are competitive enough.

Published on: August 19th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Court to look into police ability to get wireless subscriber data

The ability of Canada's electronic spy agency and police departments to monitor residents' digital communications is back in the news this week, with a report in The Globe and Mail on how close

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon