Coffee Briefing October 25, 2022 – Hootsuite partners with WHO; Sparrow receives C$1 million in funding; Visa installments available at Canada’s largest retailers; and more


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Hootsuite announces collaboration with WHO to fight misinformation about global health crises

Vancouver-based social media management company Hootsuite has announced a strategic partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to manage misinformation, particularly on social media, surrounding global health crises.

Hootsuite will offer its pro bono services, including digital tools and its on-demand Hootsuite Academy to WHO’s digital channels team, as part of this collaboration.

Part of the WHO’s Technology Working Group, Hootsuite seeks to apply key lessons learned from the wave of misinformation that has spread through social media throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, coronavirus outbreak, Ebola in Uganda and recently monkeypox.

By engaging a network of influencers in the healthcare community, including scientists, doctors and frontline workers, and implementing Hootsuite tools including social listening services and Insights, the WHO aims to execute a social media strategy that helps deliver important information to audiences around the world and strengthen WHO’s social reach and engagement.

Hootsuite says it will also provide the WHO with rapid access to innovative tools and product launches to attract large audiences online.

Toronto-based home-sharing platform receives C$1 million in funding

A home-sharing platform, Sparrow has received total funding of C$1 million, including C$500,000 from the Government of Canada through the National Housing Strategy Innovation Programs, and an additional C$500,000 of the information technology company, Accenture.

Sparrow’s platform is designed to match Canadians with spare rooms with those looking for accommodation for a minimum of two months, allowing hosts to generate passive income, while renters can access accommodation at Below market prices.

As the National Housing Strategy seeks to address pressing housing issues in Canada, Accenture aims to help startups realize their full potential.

The investment funded a core team of four employees at Sparrow, including founders Oren Singer and Gavin Servai, as well as the development and pilot launch of the platform. The team is looking to reach out to every neighborhood in need across Canada.

New Visa Collaborations Enable Installment Payments at Canadian Retailers

Financial company Visa has announced that it will work with Montreal-based global payments technology company Nuvei and middleware payment solution Tender Retail to bring payouts to Canada’s largest retailers such as Simons, Canada Computers, Soft Moc and Trevi.

Installments, enabled by Visa, allow eligible credit cardholders to convert qualifying purchases into smaller, predictable installment payments made over a set period.

Visa’s research found that the installment payment option allows customers to increase their purchasing power and complete their purchases.

Installments will be available in the coming months at the aforementioned retailers.

MediaSmarts brings the house hippo back to life in new Break the Fake campaign

Ottawa-based non-profit organization that focuses on media and digital literacy MediaSmarts has launched a new campaign called Break the Fake to fight misinformation and help consumers think critically and verify content online. line before sharing it.

The campaign is embodied by the house hippopotamus, the subject of a 1999 Canadian television public service announcement produced to teach children about critical thinking and remind them not to believe everything they see television.

The campaign includes several workshops, quizzes, fact-checking tips, videos and posters, designed to help online users “spot the fake” or differentiate fake from factual information online.

This campaign is funded by the Government of Canada, Bell Media and media companies Corus Entertainment, Family Channel and APTN (Aboriginal People Television Network).

Airport Wait Times Dashboard Now Available at Mississauga Pearson Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport travelers can now see all real-time wait times, from security to baggage claim, on their new airport wait times dashboard.

Users can see how long it will take to clear US Customs at Terminals 1 and 3, see if the area is “normal” or “busy”, and view all airline counters, including those that are are closed. Passengers can also view the status of baggage (lost, delayed, in delivery), as well as the flight number, terminal, and carousel where travelers can expect their baggage to arrive.

On the arrivals side, the dashboard shows the length of the queue at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at each terminal.

However, the website states: “Wait times may vary. Any wait times provided should be considered an estimate only. You may experience longer wait times than stated.”

The scorecard comes after Pearson Airport was ranked among the worst major airports in North America in terms of overall satisfaction, according to JD Power’s annual customer satisfaction survey, mainly due to the number of delays flights, cancellations, long queues and lost luggage.

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Stanford Names Mila Founder World’s Third Most Influential Scientist

Professor Yoshua Bengio, Scientific Director and Founder of Mila, the Quebec Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI), ranked third on the list of the most recognized and influential researchers in all fields published by the University from Stanford, California.

Meta threatens to cancel news sharing on Bill C-18

Lobbying has intensified and now the real question is whether Bill C-18, the online news law currently being debated by a parliamentary committee, will end up being overhauled or remain as is in a possible vote in the House of Commons.

MapleSEC Fireside Chat: IOSecure CEO on Lessons Learned

Tom Jacoby could write a book about what he has learned and experienced in cybersecurity over the past 30 years. The Coquitilam, BC company he founded – IOSecure Internet Operations Inc. – started in 1994 and, as today, was an IT services company focused on online security .

Bonsai project, cornerstone of the new TCS, Microsoft initiative

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has launched a collaboration with Microsoft Corp. which will allow him to develop AI-based solutions for industrial controls on Project Bonsai, a low-code AI platform available on Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Global IT Spending Expected to Increase 5% in 2023: Gartner

Gartner’s latest forecast reveals that global IT spending is expected to reach US$4.6 trillion in 2023, a 5.1% increase from 2022.

Hamilton employee mistakenly sends email with all names and addresses visible

Carbon-based units are again responsible for a huge breach of security controls in an organization.

Channel Bytes October 21, 2022 – Versapay Payments for Dynamics 365 now on AppSource; Nylas Partners with UpStack on Channel Program; Mandiant Launches Breach Analytics for Google Cloud Chronicle; and more

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MapleSEC session examines the best way to end email chaos

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Total Enterprise SIEM Spending Will Exceed US$6.4 Billion Worldwide by 2027: Juniper Research

UK-based market research firm Juniper Research predicts in a new study that total enterprise spending on security information and event management (SIEM) will exceed $6.4 billion globally by 2027, up from just over $4.4 billion in 2022.

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