Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Who Exactly is Watching You? The Dangers of Leaving a Data Trail with UWaterloo Surveillance Researcher Jennifer R. Whitson

Pictured is Jennifer RWhitson for her June CPI Spotlight Piece: Who Exactly is Watching You? The Dangers of Leaving a Data Trail

Can you go for a weekend without your phone and laptop?

To many of us, our devices are our life. Not only do they store our school and work files, but they can save important memories and personal data. Years ago, Sociology Professor and CPI Researcher Jennifer R. Whitson based a midterm on this request and students had to discuss its effect on them. Another assignment was where students “hear cop cars coming and they must live off the grid for a term. And how would they do it, right? What is their escape plan?” Unfortunately, she had to discontinue these assignments, as they were “impossible because there is no way that we could be untethered from our devices for that long.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Watch How to Overcome a Data Breach with this UWaterloo & Virginia Tech video!

Pictured is Daphne Yao for her CPI Talk: Data Breaches and Multiple Points to Stop Them

Target and Equifax had one of the biggest data breaches ever, with hackers stealing millions of customers’ credit card information. Within a click, these esteemed companies lost their reputations and customer faith overnight. What surprised many was the nature of these attacks. Rather than infiltrating from the main systems, some of these attacks happened through a third-party vendor.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tim Hortons app violated privacy laws after collecting sensitive customer data

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Federal and provincial privacy authorities discovered that the Tim Hortons app was collecting customer data without their knowledge or consent. The app would ask users if they can access their location, only when using the app.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Mitacs Globalink Research Award: $6,000 International Research Opportunity in Germany, France, and Japan


Are you interested in traveling the world while conducting research? Then enter the Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) program!

The Mitacs GRA program supports research collaborations between Canada and other international organizations. Successful candidates will conduct a 1-2 month research project in another country under the supervision of a host professor. This award is valued up to $6,000.

Some countries include:

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Anindya Sen appointed as CPI's Associate Director

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Every month we interview and write an article about one of our researchers, which is part of our CPI Spotlight Series. Anindya Sen is our May 2022 Spotlight.

By Mayuri Punithan

Thursday, April 21, 2022

UWaterloo Research Hub is Driving Quantum Leaps in Research


CPI’s Michele Mosca (whom you might remember from our prior CPI Talk) is part of UWaterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).  

Monday, April 4, 2022

How UWaterloo is Paving the Way for Cybersecurity Safety in Canada

Canada is currently facing a plethora of cybersecurity issues. For example, international and domestic digital crimes such as cyberattacks are threatening Canadians’ safety, digital privacy, and security. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough cybersecurity experts that can solve this issue. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Two UWaterloo Experts Share Six Ways to Smash the STEM Glass Ceiling

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By Mayuri Punithan

The glass ceiling. It’s the invisible barrier that prevents women from advancing equitably in an employment hierarchy. One of the most notable examples is the lack of women in cybersecurity and privacy, which intersects with many STEM fields. Despite studies indicating that girls tend to perform as well as boys in math and science during elementary and high school, only a few of them pursue STEM in post-secondary education.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada announces that NCC has been selected to lead the Cyber Security Innovation Network (CSIN)

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development ISED Canada just announced that NCC has been selected to lead the Cyber Security Innovation Network CSIN! You can find the ISED news release here in English and French.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Join Water Innovation Challenge

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For the first time ever, The Water Institute have partnered with BlackBerry to create the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge! This challenge is open to University of Waterloo professors & students and aims to identify innovative applications of BlackBerry technologies that address water-related challenges or opportunities. 

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