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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Political disinformation campaigns not as threatening as you think

When foreign powers try to interfere with the politics of another country by spreading strategic disinformation, research suggests there is no real effect on policies or the balance of power in the targeted country.

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Waterloo investigated whether foreign powers such as Russia and China can influence an election and political outcomes by spreading disinformation.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Low-tech footrest can help prevent lower-back pain

People who stand at work for long periods of time might be able to avoid lower back pain by intermittently using a footrest, says a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Participant in recent study uses footrest at a standing desk.

Monday, May 13, 2019

New system offers protection against data breaches

Researchers have developed a system that allows data owners to regulate how much of their privacy may be breached when personal information is being analyzed. 

The novel system, APEx, also lessens the burden on data scientists who traditionally have had to compromise the accuracy of their analysis in order to give their clients certain privacy guarantees.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Distinguished alumni among recipients of honorary doctorates at Waterloo's convocation

A Waterloo alumnus with a distinguished career as a civil servant, banking executive, venture capitalist, policy advisor and philanthropist will be among the recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo’s upcoming spring convocation ceremonies.

Toby Jenkins, a champion of the knowledge-based economy in the Waterloo region, has served on a number of advisory and governance boards of organizations in higher education, health care, government and media.

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