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US elections are rigged. But Canada knows how to fix them

By Andrew Prokop – Eventually, in 1955, one province — Manitoba — decided to experiment, and handed over the redistricting process to an independent commission.

Its members were the province’s chief justice, its chief electoral officer, and the University of Manitoba president. The new policy became popular, and within a decade, it was backed by both major national parties, and signed into law.

Independent commissions now handle the redistricting in every province. more> http://tinyurl.com/oo7gms3


Do we need a global cybersecurity framework?

By Dr Hamadoun I. Touré – In terms of global communications, we are living through the most exciting period in human history. There are almost as many mobile subscriptions as there are people on the planet and by the end of 2013, 2.7 billion people will be using the internet; with 2.1 billion active mobile-broadband subscriptions.

However, there is a dark side to this global resource which stems from the misuse of information and communication technologies, ICTs. Cyberthreats and cybercrime are a natural consequence of so many people globally embracing the advantages that ICTs bring to our world.

But there are some startling facts from the 2013 Internet Security Threat Report from ITU-IMPACT. more> http://tinyurl.com/mzao2w4


Verizon eyes Canadian wireless start-ups

By Alastair Sharp and Euan Rocha – One of the sources said Verizon had last week presented a tentative offer of $600 million to $800 million for Wind Mobile, with final pricing subject to due diligence. Another source cited Verizon’s talks with Mobility, a rival startup.

The U.S. telecom leader, which sold its minority stake in Telus Corp (T.TO) in 2004, is looking to re-enter the Canadian market to boost its growth prospects. more> http://tinyurl.com/pw9mt6l


GM Rolls Out New Electric Mini-Car

By Dee-Ann Durbin – An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it’s made. Other markets will follow.

The Spark EV will also be cheaper than most of its electric rivals, GM says. Exact pricing hasn’t been revealed, but the car will start for less than $25,000 in the U.S. when a $7,500 federal tax credit is factored in. The electric Nissan Leaf starts at $27,700 with the tax credit. Like all electrics, though, the Spark is much pricier than its gasoline-powered equivalent. The gas-operated Spark starts at $12,245. more> http://tinyurl.com/btal9jq

And the World’s Most Educated Country Is…

By Samantha Grossman – Despite the ongoing financial woes across the globe, though, many think that college is still worth the investment. A new study shows that we’ve continued to flock to institutions of higher learning, enrolling at record rates over the past few years.

The top 10 most-educated countries are:

  1.  Canada
  2. Israel
  3. Japan
  4. United States
  5. New Zealand
  6. South Korea
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Finland
  9. Australia
  10. Ireland

more> http://tinyurl.com/8vhe2ys

Romney: Energy independence by 2020 not ‘pie in the sky’

English: CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Commi...

English: CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee Mitt Romney offering remarks before a curling event (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Geneva Sands – “If I’m the president of the United States, in a few months here, I will set a national goal of America and North America, North American energy independence by 2020 … that means we produce all the energy we use in North America, and there are a number of things that I’m going to do to make that happen,” said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Additional energy production would come from offshore oil drilling, “tight oil” from fracking, Alaskan drilling, natural gas, biofuels and a partnership with Canada. more> http://tinyurl.com/8eutxl3

Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in government censorship requests

By John D. Sutter – Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a “transparency report” released by Google.

Google complied more frequently with U.S.-based requests for information about users than with requests from other countries, according to the report. It complied or partially complied with only 24% of such requests from Canada, 44% from France and 64% from the United Kingdom, for example. more> http://tinyurl.com/dydm8c9