News archive - August 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021

Understanding surveillance and privacy from multiple perspectives

image depicting electronic surveillance

It’s no secret that our everyday technologies gather personal data. But these increasingly entrenched conveniences, from Internet of Things–enabled smart TVs to online voting systems to crowdfunding platforms, can also perform harmful surveillance.

Knowing how tools track user behaviour and collect personal information is important. Understanding their implications for social inequality within Canada and globally is perhaps even more pressing. What’s more, the challenge demands multiple areas of expertise.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Have you really deleted your personal data from your device when you dispose of it?

image depicting message when emptying trash can on computer

Scarcely a year goes by without smartphone, tablet and computer manufacturers releasing yet another new model. And this never-ending stream of improved digital products means that older devices are often disposed of, whether relegated to a junk drawer or traded-in, recycled, sold or donated to others. But when you dispose of a device, are you certain you’ve securely deleted all of your personal data?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

University Professor M. Tamer Özsu receives 2022 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

photo of University Professor M. Tamer Özsu

University Professor M. Tamer Özsu has received the 2022 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award, an honour conferred for significant technological achievements and contributions that establish, develop and proliferate innovative societal infrastructure systems through the application of information technology with an emphasis on distributed computing systems.

Monday, August 23, 2021

James Wesley (Wes) Graham, the father of computing at the University of Waterloo

photo of Wes Graham by IBM computer

With exceptional leadership in the field of computer science and his dedication to making computers accessible to a wider audience, James Wesley (Wes) Graham (1932–1999) was known as the “Father of Computing” at the University of Waterloo. Serving as early director of the University of Waterloo’s Computing Centre, Wes had an active role in shaping computer science education worldwide. His experience teaching at Waterloo inspired the creation of software to support education.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Team with Waterloo links among winners at Technovation Girls global tech competition

photo of Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley

A regional team linked with the University of Waterloo was named among the winners of the global Technovation Girls app development competition.

Aiuto Solutions was awarded the first-ever COVID Economic Recovery prize, recognizing their work to develop an app to connect donors and charities. The app provides a means of forging stronger relationships in the not-for-profit and NGO sectors. The name Aiuto means ‘help’ in Italian. 

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