The Register: Canadian spooks release their own malware detection tool. “Canada’s Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is a signals intelligence agency roughly equivalent to the United Kingdom’s GCHQ, the USA’s NSA and Australia’s Signals Directorate. It has both intelligence-gathering and advisory roles.”
The Star: Facebook set to unveil plan to guard against fake news during Canadian election campaign. “Facebook is set to unveil a made-in-Canada measure to guard the 2019 vote from the scourge of fake news and misinformation online — while south of the border the social media heavyweight details how foreign players may have used the platform to spread discord in the 2016 presidential election. The new tool, billed as the ‘Canadian Election Integrity Initiative,’ is a response to a warning from the country’s top cybersecurity agency in June that multiple hacker groups would ‘almost certainly’ attempt to influence the next federal election.”
Libraries and Archives Canada: Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of October 2017. “As of today, 502,740of 640,000 files are available online in our Personnel Records of the First Wrld War database. Please visit the Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files page for more details on the digitization project.”
Google LatLong: Street View goes to the “top of the world”. “Here at Parks Canada, we have a lot to say about Quttinirpaaq National Park. We could tell you it’s the northernmost park in Canada, or that it lies roughly 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the North Pole. We could tell you it’s home to 4000-year-old archeologist sites or that it’s the second-largest national park in the country. But, we don’t need to tell you anymore. Now we can show you, with our new Street View collection.”
Metro News (Canada): ‘Where is she buried?’ Government prepares database on Inuit tuberculosis graves. “After nearly 10 years of work, the federal government is preparing to release a database holding everything that is known about what happened to people who were taken south for tuberculosis treatment…. Since 2008, [Elizabeth] Logue and a team of researchers have been pouring over records from federal departments, provincial and territorial archives, church files, records from cemeteries, sanatoria and hospitals as well as from individual informants. They now have a database of records on about 4,500 Inuit who were taken south.”
Westender (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada): Vancouver Archives Puts Thousands Of Heritage Photos Online. “Vancouver heritage junkies, local history buffs and nosy neighbours, your cries have been heard. In an ambitious undertaking, staff at the City of Vancouver Archives have been busy digitizing nearly 7,000 black-and-white 35mm negatives — taken in 1978 and 1986 as part of two separate heritage surveys — for the public to access, ogle and explore online.”
Ottawa Citizen: Google is linking secret, court-protected names – including victim IDs – to online coverage. “Google’s powerful search engine is defeating some court-ordered publication bans in Canada and undermining efforts to protect young offenders and victims. Computer experts believe it’s an unintended, ‘mind-boggling’ consequence of Google search algorithms.” Please read the entire story. It’s a bit terrifying.