Minimizing data breaches

Law firms have often been described as the “soft underbelly” of cyber security or the “path of least resistance to steal sensitive client information,” as one Canadian forensic expert put it. Down south, the U.S. […]

Open data: The value of openness

When Bing Thom Architects set out to investigate the effects of rising sea levels in Vancouver, the firm decided to gather crucial information about the shoreline from the city’s open data web portal. The study ultimately painted a sobering view of the potential impact of climate change: more than $25-billion in Vancouver real estate would be “negatively affected” by a rise in the sea level in the 21st century, excluding infrastructure such as roads, sewers, and electrical facilities. But the research also underscored the value of open government data: information that is collected by government for its own purpose and made available to the public for its own use. […]

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