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By Hessie Jones

Jonathan Weiss Indianapolis — Circa February 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card

As of February 18, the global coronavirus cases stood at 110.2 million, with a death toll of 2.42 million. With public health authorities and governments endeavouring to get ahead of the virus, the urgency is now focused on effective and pervasive vaccine distribution. The magnitude and scale to mobilize a global solution have never been more pressing given the rate of the disease’s spread. For COVID-19 Credentials Initiative (CCI), their likely countermeasure using Verifiable Credentials may just prove to be one solution to help safely reopen the economy by enabling speed of information for effective decisions.


By Abigail Dubiniecki

Digital self defense does not mean MI5 agents. Nor are those who practice it unified by a single ideology. They’re fed up with the pervasive online behavioural tracking that now follows them into their offline lives.

AI needs data. Lots of it. The more data you can feed a machine-learning algorithm, the better it can spot patterns, make decisions, predict behaviours, personalise content, diagnose medical conditions, power smart everything, detect cyberthreats and fraud; indeed, AI and data make for a happy partnership: “The algorithm without data is blind. Data without algorithms is dumb.” …

with Hessie Jones and Gemma Milne

Gemma Milne and Hessie Jones

Excitement around technologies like AI and automation tends to focus on the amazing things it can do. But what about the things it should or shouldn’t do? In this episode of Connected & Ready, host Gemma Milne is joined by Hessie Jones, co-founding member of MyData Canada, to get under the surface of how companies might approach these technologies in terms of mission, values, and privacy to make them more human-centered. Amid the excitement about possibilities, what should companies be concerned about? How can models and sources of data reduce bias? And of course…

by Hessie Jones

Patricia Thaine, Founder Private AI

Patricia Thaine is a young founder of a startup, Private AI, a Toronto and Berlin-based startup creating a suite of privacy tools that make it easy to comply with data protection regulations, mitigate cybersecurity threats, and maintain customer trust. I sat down with Patricia to discuss the state of privacy, how we got here, whether privacy as a default becomes the norm and how Private AI will enable a privacy mindset among businesses.

2020 and the start of this new year lay witness to events that have forced the global community to finally shed the complacency of…

Podcast with Abigail Dubiniecki

Abigail Dubiniecki

On the day after Data Protection Day (or Privacy Day, depending on whether you are tomato or tomato) we take a look at privacy enhancing technologies — how to control, restrict and eliminate your personal data footprint (if that’s what you want to do). This podcast will be invaluable for privacy professionals that want to know what Privacy Enhancing Technologies are available and for consumers that would like to have greater control of their digital profiles.

About Abigail Dubiniecki

Abigail is a lawyer and certified privacy geek and Privtech enthusiast who speaks, writes, trains and advises…

Podcast with Doc Searles featuring John Wunderlich

John Wunderlich

Take a deep dive into the connections between standards, open-source, and much more with John Wunderlich, MyData Canada member. John contributes to many standards efforts as a self-described privacist with a degree in history and who in past lives was a journeyman machinist and trained air traffic controller.

About John Wunderlich:

John Wunderlich is an information privacy & security expert with extensive experience in information privacy, identity management, and data security. He has designed, built, operated and assessed systems for operations and compliance in the private and public sectors for over 25 years. This includes working or consulting for Fortune…

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