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Minister Bains announces new cybersecurity centre to help protect Canadians online

From left: Ajay Bhalla, President Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard; Ajay Banga, CEO, Mastercard; the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; and Ian McKay, CEO, Invest in Canada. (CNW Group/Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
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Digital technologies are integral to our daily lives. By 2025, there will be 75 billion connected devices around the world. Canadians must be able to trust that their data and privacy are protected online.

Today, while at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, met with Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard. They announced a $510-million investment by Mastercard to establish the new global Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia (of which $420 million is eligible under the Strategic Innovation Fund). The Government of Canada is investing $49 million to support this project. In addition to raising Canada’s stature as a leader in cybersecurity, the project will support 380 jobs and enable the creation of 100 new co-op positions.

The centre will focus on creating technologies and standards to ensure that Canadians and others around the world can safely use any device that could be connected to the Internet—phone, tablet, computer, vehicle—without concern that their personal and financial information could be stolen.

In collaboration with universities, businesses and the public sector, the centre will also create software tools that enable organizations of all sizes to build and integrate cybersecurity technologies more efficiently into their operations.

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“As Canadians use connected devices more and more, including for sensitive financial services like banking, they want to know that their data and privacy are protected. Our government is investing in a new cybersecurity centre in Canada to develop the technology solutions Canadians and people all over the world need to protect their personal and financial information when they use their devices. This will make Canada a world leader in cybersecurity and help us tackle the cost of cybercrime in Canada—an estimated $3 billion a year.”   
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Ensuring payments are both convenient and secure has always been a top priority for Mastercard. We have a proud history of innovation in Canada, and we appreciate the support from the Canadian government as we deliver on a commitment to lead in digital security. Our new Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Vancouver will help meet the growing demand for technology solutions to reduce the cost of cyberattacks, enable today’s connected devices to become tomorrow’s secure payment devices, and address the growing vulnerabilities associated with the Internet of Things. These innovations will benefit consumers and businesses in Canada and around the world.”
– Sasha Krstic, President of Mastercard in Canada

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  • Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. Mastercard Technologies Canada, formerly NuData Security Inc., is a financial technology company and a subsidiary of Mastercard Incorporated. This expansion is the latest in a series of investments by Mastercard in Canada, reinforcing the company’s commitment to supporting Canadian innovation and technology talent.
  • The new centre will build on NuData Security and complement Mastercard’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto. This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy—a roadmap for Canada’s path forward on cybersecurity—and with the recommendations of the Economic Strategy Table on Digital Industries.
  • The investment in Mastercard’s global cybersecurity centre in Vancouver is made through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy.
  • In addition to creating and maintaining a total of 380 jobs, this project will enable the creation of 100 student co-op positions.
  • In addition to the Strategic Innovation Fund, there are hundreds of programs and services to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. With its simple, story-based user interface, the Innovation Canada platform can match businesses with the most fitting programs and services in about two minutes.

 

SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Europe AI in Social Media Market By Component, By Technology, By Organization Size, By Application, By End User Industry, By Country, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2025

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New York, July 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Europe AI in Social Media Market By Component, By Technology, By Organization Size, By Application, By End User Industry, By Country, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2025” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05916824/?utm_source=GNWClare: clare@reportlinker.com
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ABQQ Announces Plan of Opening its North America Operation Offices in NYC in October 2020

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HONG KONG and NEW YORK, July 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AB International Group Corp. (OTCQB: ABQQ), an intellectual property (IP) and movie investment and licensing firm announces its North America operation offices will be opening in October 2020. The North America operation office will be located in New York City, and will be headed by the Chief Investment Officer, who will be recruited in NYC. The office will be operating the company’s main business: acquisitions in IP and film copyrights; also planning to provide TV dramas and films to broadcast on video streaming websites worldwide, starting December 2020.
About AB International Group Corp. 
AB International Group Corp. is an intellectual property (IP) and movie investment and licensing firm, focused on acquisitions and development of various intellectual property. We are engaged to acquisition and distribution of movies. The Company has a Patent License to a video synthesis and release system for mobile communications equipment, in which the technology is the subject of a utility model patent in the People’s Republic of China. We had launched a business application through smartphones and official social media accounts based on WeChat platform in February 2019, utilizing Artificial Intelligence, it is a matching platform for performers, advertiser merchants, and owners for more efficient services. It generates revenues through an agency service fee from each matched performance.

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LSU CS Professor Studies COVID-19 Disparities on Social Media

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BATON ROUGE, La., July 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — During the COVID-19 pandemic, a plethora of information has gone out from various news sources about how the virus is being tracked, how it is spread, how many cases exist, and so forth. The problem is much of this vital information can be inaccurate, leaving people to ignore advice from public officials. For this reason, LSU Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Kisung Lee and LSU Environmental Sciences Professor Nina Lam are evaluating how a population reacts to multiple sources of information, hoping to eliminate disparities in the messaging.“Studying different COVID-19 responses to trustworthy information will contribute new perspectives and improve our fundamental understanding of the human aspects of information trustworthiness during a pandemic,” Lee said.Lee, principal investigator on the project, and Lam recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project and will have University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology Director Sara Curran and Cybersecurity Research Fellow Jessica Beyer work alongside them.Lee will collect and analyze Twitter and linked media data using artificial intelligence-based techniques; Lam will map the data into administrative regions and analyze the data geographically (state- and county-level comparisons); and Curran and Beyer will collect policy and media source trustworthiness data and analyze it with other contextual information, such as media framing. Data will be collected and analyzed in Louisiana and Washington.They will collect three waves of Twitter and associated data to compare sentiment and language use patterns among users and analyze how these characteristics evolve through the recognition of the emergency, the peak of the crisis, and the mitigation of the pandemic in the U.S. The tweets and entities will be classified for relevance (individual, organization, or bot) with derived age and location. The tweets will be associated with daily disease-specific rates and annual demographic and socio-economic information.“Data about the surrounding information context, including reporting trends and framing of the crisis, sources of health information, and information-seeking behavior about COVID-19, will provide tools for assessing the validity and reliability of our inferences about the patterns of sentiment and language use,” Lee said. “This project will provide insight for targeting effective public messaging by public health and government officials during a crisis and ultimately improve disaster resilience.”Like us on Facebook (@lsuengineering) or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@lsuengineering).​Josh Duplechain
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