Bell & IBM bring new hybrid cloud capabilities to Canadian market

Bell Business Markets and IBM today announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. This partnership will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell, simplifying the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid clouds.

More and more organizations are looking for a reliable and secure connection to the cloud, that doesn’t rely on sending data over the public Internet. Bell Business Cloud addresses this issue by enabling enterprises to plug into the IBM Cloud, giving them direct access to a wide range of on-demand computing and storage options.

These new services include:

  • Bell Cloud Connect: connecting the largest and most advanced IP network in Canada to IBM Cloud for end-to-end performance, security and reliability
  • Bell Cloud Compute: running on IBM Cloud to offer a secure, scalable, self-serve environment for managed virtual machines that improves operational performance while reducing costs
  • Backup & Restore: providing access to IBM Cloud to protect customer data and applications through a secure backup location as well as ensuring availability of data and applications.

“Bell is an established leader in data hosting and cloud computing, providing customers with exceptional support from an expert nationwide team,” said Tom Little, President, Bell Business Markets. “With businesses of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications, adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless integration, security and dependability they expect and require.”

“The world’s appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations to support cloud workloads. IBM Cloud is the leading platform for data-driven cloud and analytics that enables organizations to open the doors to more responsive and innovative ways of doing business,” said Nevil Knupp, VP of Cloud, IBM Canada. “IBM Cloud supports Bell’s new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies.”

IBM is equipped with one of the highest performing cloud infrastructures available to offer organizations speed, power, and flexibility, while delivering a high degree of customization, transparency, predictability, and automation. According to analyst findings from Synergy Research around Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and private cloud, IBM is positioned as a top performer and leader in the private and hybrid cloud space.

IBM Cloud delivers fast, easy and automated access to a public, private and hybrid cloud services that enable companies to lower their overall IT costs while increasing agility and productivity. IBM offers a complete portfolio of cloud services, with over 40 data centers in every major financial market around the world, supporting a wide range of applications including big data, analytics, mobile and cognitive.

As Bell’s Business Cloud ecosystem continues to evolve through new partnerships, customers will benefit from additional solutions, enterprise applications and business tools, with the ability to increasingly acquire their technologies on a utility basis.

Driven by industry-leading innovation and supported by a strong expertise, Bell Business Markets offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services including data centre solutions, unified communications, security and professional services supporting all the customer’s ICT needs.

Bell’s Business Cloud in partnership with IBM is available across the country to all mid and large businesses. For more information, please visit bell.ca/businesscloud

About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers under the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada’spremier multimedia company. It has assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and the country’s most-watched specialty channels. To learn more, please visit BCE.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About IBM
For more information on IBM Cloud visit www.ibm.com/cloud

Traction Conference [#TractionConf] in Vancouver on June 17 and 18

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The Traction Conference will be kicking off in Vancouver on June 17 and 18. The event is sold out and for the lucky ones whom got tickets an opportunity to hear from over 40 company founders with respect to company growth strategies.

Some of the growth experts at the event include Ryan Holmes from Hootsuite, Lynda Weinman from Lynda.com and Markus Frind from PlentyOfFish. To see the full speaker list click here.

The schedule is packed with some intriguing topics:

  • The Mobile Growth Ninjutsu speaks to the issue where “60-80% of users who download your app don’t open it a second time.”
  • Growth Hacking – Myth or Reality is a session that explains that growth hacking is “about continuously trying to find scalable and repeatable ways to grow using the power of people, data, technology, marketing and creativity.”
  • Persuasion Tactics and Behavioral Economics focuses on the fact that “products are designed by people for people.”

The conference has some big companies and organizations behind it including BDC Capital, DMZ at Ryerson University, CBC and CKNW. A full list is available here.

This event is gearing up to be one of the hottest technology conferences Vancouver has hosted in 2015. I for one am really looking forward to this.

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Rob Roy and the Associates releases debut EP

Rob Roy and the Associates

I’d like to introduce you to Rob Roy and the Associates. The sound is familiar but it’s hard to place exactly where you’ve heard this before. I hear notes of Dylan. Maybe some Watchmen. Perhaps a little Tragically Hip. What do you hear when you listen to these tracks?

If you like folk, rock, and alternative sounds check this new Vancouver artist out. These songs are particularly catchy and were made in Vancouver at Armoury Studios throughout the months of November 2014 to January 2015.

 

 

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver

Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of exclusive, high quality audio and video products, today announces the grand opening of a new sensory showroom in Vancouver, Canada.  Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre is located on 433 Carrall Street (in Gastown District) in a shop-in-shop retail format with Vancouver-based A/V retailer Hi-Fi Center.  The new showroom will feature the complete Bang & Olufsen product portfolio of high-end, custom made audio and video equipment as well as the B&O PLAY collection of portable music systems, headphones and premium wireless speakers aimed at the digital generation.  The showroom is significant as it is the first showroom in Canada to introduce the newly redesigned retail concept store and is the second Bang & Olufsen retail showroom to occupy Vancouver (alongside Bang & Olufsen South Granville).

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver, Canada

“We are happy to heighten our retail presence in Vancouver and introduce our next generation retail concept to local residents and tourists,” states Jacob Siboni, Director of North American Sales, Bang & Olufsen. “With the opening of the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, brand enthusiasts will encounter impeccable sound, Danish design and a complete sensory experience.”

Originating from Denmark, Bang & Olufsen was founded in 1925 and offers state-of-the-art audio and video products for music lovers, tech gurus and style seekers alike. Their range of products includes televisions with razor-sharp picture quality, music systems with magical user elements and high-performance loudspeakers with a second-to-none sound experience.  Additionally, B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen will feature its new collection of portable sound systems and TV’s aimed at the digital generation.

“We are excited to incorporate the award-winning Bang & Olufsen portfolio to Hi-Fi Centre’s new store location. The new retail concept by Bang & Olufsen, is a perfect fit for our location, and underscores Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to providing extraordinary consumer experiences,” states Igor Kivritsky, owner of Hi-Fi Centre.

A Grand Opening customer event will be held on Friday, Feb 27 at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Guests will experience the new and award-winning, innovative television, BeoVision Avant – “the one that moves”. BeoVision Avant has sublime Ultra High Definition (4K) video performance and jaw-dropping acoustic authenticity  built in. The new television also amazes with magical convenience and mechanical movement – and of course the discrete but powerful sound panel that unfolds when the television is on.

To preview the revolutionary BeoVision Avant and the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, RSVP to rsvp@hificentre.com

To learn more about the new BeoVision Avant, please view its product page: http://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/picture/beovision-avant

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

Hi-Fi Centre Vancouver is a 30-year-old, family-owned business, founded by Alex Kivritsky.  It represents some of the finest manufacturers of high-performance audio, home theatre, whole-house audio, compact systems, and headphones.

 

SOURCE Bang & Olufsen

Switching Internet, Cable and Phone from Shaw to Telus

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Two days ago a Telus consultant stopped by and proposed a bundled offer for Internet, Cable and Phone for $45 per month for the first year and $110 per month thereafter. I’m seriously considering the switch. He claims the service is better than Shaw. Has anyone out there ever used Telus? Is the future really as “friendly” as they say in their ads?

I’ve heard good things about them but have never used their services. Please let me know what you think before I make the plunge!

Thanks, Jen

Hacked festival takes place in Vancouver August 11 – 14, 2014

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Vancouver, BC – Hacked: Festival announces the first round of programming for this inaugural event taking place August 11 – 14, 2014 at the historic Yaletown Roundhouse. Hacked is pleased to present a stellar line up of local, national and international talent in the world of technology and revolutionary thinking. It has organized a lineup comprised of award-winning talent, controversial characters, people with amazing new ideas and people that have already changed the world. It is a lineup not to be missed.

Hacked Festival programming for Tuesday August 12 and Wednesday August 13th will include:

  • Ryan Bethencourt, Sr. Director (Life Sciences) Prize creation at X Prize Foundation and Co-Founder at Berkeley Biolabs (San Francisco)
  • Renee Black, Executive Director at Peace Geeks (Vancouver)
  • Eric Hersman, Founder BRCK, Ushahidi Project (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Tim Pool, Hacker Journalist, VICE Magazine, Creator of Tagg.ly (New York)
  • Shaharris Beh, co-founder of HackerNest Tech Socials (Toronto & Kuala Lampur)
  • Amal Graafstra, founder Dangerous Things (Seattle)
  • Aaron Hilton, CTO at Conquer Mobile (Vancouver)
  • Kharis O’Connell, Experience Design Director at Global Mechanic, Founder Cyborg Camp (Vancouver)
  • Jay Giraud, Co-Founder and CEO, MOJIO (Vancouver)
  • Nik Badminton, Founder From Now Conference, Principal at DesignCultureMind (Vancouver)
  • David Vogt, Urban Opus (Vancouver)
  • Michael Bidu, Founder at Sanotron, Executive Producer at Interface 2014 (Vancouver)

“Hacked is the festival I always wanted but didn’t know we could have. It’s an ongoing honour to work with such talented inventors in putting together this celebration of human ingenuity.” says Yaniv Talmor, Festival Producer.

“Hacked Festival dares all participants to not settle for status quo. We curated programming that recognizes there is a global movement in motion to profoundly change the world, make it better, healthier, safer and more connected. This is as much about giving people information through raising literacy in science and technology as is about celebrating our greatest potentials as a species of creators. ” says producer/curator, Cameron Kuc. “We are creating programming that is focused on story-telling in short format. We recognized other conference formats were either to long or not catering to the entire audience by being either too general and not specific enough for experts or being too inclusive by offering talks only on the highest levels. We chose a short format for our presentations, most talks are just fifteen minutes, and we are delivering the most inclusive and high-level information through workshops, which in most cases attendees can participate in for the cost of General Admission which is $20/day CAD.” continues Cameron.

The second round of programming to be released by on July 8, 2014.

Tickets are on sale for Hacked: Festival via the Hacked: Festival website at hackedfestival.com

About Hacked Festival
Hacked is an experimental festival celebrating disruptive innovation, exploration and art taking place in Vancouver this summer. It will feature hacker led programming with talks, music, games, hands-on workshops, exhibits and market, popup hackspaces, parties, films and opportunities for artistic expression.

Contact:

To learn more about Hacked: Festival, please contact
Anne-Marie Enns, Festival Producer
Office: (604) 313-3831
anne-marie@hackedfestival.com

CanSecWest hacking conference lands in Vancouver

CanSecWest

CanSecWest is in Vancouver this week at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel and is a gathering of security tech professionals. CanSecWestPeople can come from anywhere in Canada and across the globe to learn and share information and experiences on applied digital security.

Security professionals who attend CanSecWest work in government, the private sector or as independent contractors. They often find flaws in apps they or others develop and come to CanSecWest to look at ways to protect them from being hacked.

While I am not a developer I found both the subject and premise of the conference interesting. One would think that this is a conference that teaches people how to hack. A little digging reveals something else entirely.

“CanSecWest is really about anything says Saurabh Harit, Director of Security Research and Senior Security Consultant for Security Compass. It’s not just mobile security. Being curious about how something works and try to make it work in an undesired way can be both fun and interesting. Hacking doesn’t have to be bad all the time either.”

Android/iOS Hacking and Securing Workshop

Harit’s workshop, Android/iOS Hacking and Securing, helps students discover mobile hacking techniques for Android and iOS. It also helps them understand mobile app security including what hackers look for in mobile apps. Hacking apps themselves will equip them with the skills required to protect their own apps from attacks.

“At Security Compass, we care about iOS and Android security. There are many things offered to protect your applications from security risks. Those include application permission, physical security and encryption” notes Harit.

Android and iOS both support encryption but the model used by iOS is more robust.

“Android encryption happens at the software level says Harit and does not encrypt your devices SD Card. We don’t recommend saving information on SD Card as a result.  iOS does so at the hardware level right on the chip. This makes it faster to encrypt and protect.”

Harit was the only workshop leader I spoke to so I urge you to check out the CanSecWest website and its Dojo section. The wide range of topics on security is very interesting. I’ll also be keeping an eye out for next year’s conference!

Vancouver Gadgets visits the Experience Headphones flagship store

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Experience Headphones recently opened in Vancouver and I visited the store on Dec 7th, 2013 and liked what I found. While I play and listen to a lot of music I’m no audiophile or expert on headphones. I simple use and buy cheap headphones, partly because my cat destroys whatever pair he gets his paws on and because I just haven’t put enough thought into what a great pair of headphones should sound like.

Experience Headphones hopes to set a new standard in Vancouver with their flagship store so that Vancouverites will  adopt the trend of good sound that also makes a great accessory. Experience Headphones has over 100 different styles of on-ear, in-ear, and over-ear headphones from premium lines, such as Marshall, URBANEARS, and WESC. They are also hoping to target the female market which offers a lot of potential because it’s untapped. Women want headphones that go with their clothing and their style and give great sound as well. Womens headphone lines include Molami and Frends.

Experience Headphones
Eric Morin COO and Dean Horsfield CEO of Experience Headphones

I wasn’t aware that headphones are split into several different categories including the premium market. Headphones at $100 dollars and above make up that market. The premium market is also fast becoming the place to  be as a I found out from Dean Horsfield CEO of Experience Headphones and Eric Morin COO.

“When Dr. Dre’s Beats brand of headphones came out in 2009, that really got the ball rolling for the premium market says Horsfield. The market went from one to three billion in just four years. We’ve got a handle on some great brands that should really help distinguish us in Vancouver, B.C. and beyond.”

Headphones are also categorized as being on-ear, in-ear, and over-ear which sounds obvious but is important to understand when buying the best pair that suit you. This article on Mashable provides some great info on what to look for. Horsfield says that on ear give the best dollar value and offer great sound as well.

Marshall Headphones

My first interest was in the Marshall brand of headphones, so aptly branded by Marshall amplification, the company that has made guitar amplifiers for over 50 years. Marshall has a couple of unique products to offer including the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones. I used a black pair of Marshall Major and was very impressed by the sound quality. They retail at $129.99 at Experience. Check out a video of the Marshall Monitor headphones below.

LSTN

I also tried the LSTN headphones which are unique in themselves because of the reclaimed wood used to manufacture them. They come from California. No pair will ever look exactly the same because of the way they are manufactured. The LSTN Troubadors are made from beechwood and retail at $159.99.

I plan to explore the premium headphone market more in the coming months because it’s a class I’m growing more and more interested in. Next up on the list is the Headphone Bar at Cambie and Broadway.

Destiny Media Technologies Launches Clipstream Video Cloud Service

Destiny Media Technologies announced Clipstreamtoday the commercial launch of its Clipstream® video cloud service. Clipstream will enable any non-technical corporate user to upload videos that will play on all modern browsers including TVs, tablets, phones, ebook readers and computers devices. Users can use the service at Clipstream.com and my.clipstream.com.

“We are excited to introduce our new Clipstream Video Cloud Service,” said Destiny Media Chief Executive Officer, Steve Vestergaard.  “Clipstream offers a number of technical and financial advantages to both corporate users and consumers.  The technology reduces costs by eliminating the need to transcode into multiple video formats and the need to host multiple versions of the same video file on specialized video content servers.  Because there is no need for player plug-ins, videos encoded via Clipstream ‘just play’ in any modern browsers and will reach up to 50% more users than current delivery methods.  In addition, videos in the Clipstream format will not expire or need reformatting.”

Visitors to clipstream.com and my.clipstream.com are able to download the free uploader software and use Clipstream’s “drag, drop, and done” technology to upload their videos in a range of playing formats. The service automatically converts videos to the Clipstream format and uploads it to the cloud.  Users will then receive a link that is embedded into websites and/or distributed through email.

Customers may buy Clipstream video cloud service packages, which include storage and transfer minutes, similar to a cell phone usage plan.  Plans range in price from $4.99 to $4,999 monthly. An extra fee is charged for usage above the limits allowed. “We have priced our Clipstream packages to encourage users to upgrade their plans as their usage goes up over time,” explained Mr. Vestergaard.

“Our initial targets are broad-based content providers, including advertising agencies, marketing professionals and web developers.  We are very excited about the prospects for our Clipstream service to disrupt the $5 billion transcoding and storage industries, and believe we are at the beginning of a significant growth stage for our company,” Mr. Vestergaard concluded.

About Destiny Media Technologies, Inc.

Destiny Media Technologies (DSY.V) (DSNY) provides services that enable content owners to securely display and distribute their audio and video content digitally through the internet. The Company’s two major services are Clipstream and Play MPE®. Clipstream (www.clipstream.com) is a video format that plays on any modern smart phone, tablet, internet, TV, or computer. With Clipstream, there is no player to configure or install, and videos never go obsolete.  Play MPE (www.plaympe.com) provides a standardized method to securely and cost effectively distribute pre-release music to radio stations and other music industry professionals, before it is ready for sale.  More information can be found at www.dsny.com.

Experience Headphones Inc. Set to Open Vancouver Flagship Store

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experienceheadphoneslogoExperience Headphones Inc., Vancouver’s only fashion-focused specialty headphone retailer, announced the grand opening of their first retail store. Located at 3057 South Granville St. in Vancouver, B.C., the flagship store will feature premium, forward thinking lines and is officially open to the public on November 30th, 2013 from 10am to 6pm.

The greatest innovation is making headphones as much fashion accessories as they are listening devices. Premium, fashion-forward headphones are now in high demand and are one of the fastest growing categories in the consumer electronics industry. They account for over 50% of the North America-wide sales. This represents roughly $1.6 billion in annual sales and continues to grow at a rate of over 20% per year. One quarter of those buyers list fashion and branding as their #1 purchase criteria.

Whereas other Vancouver retailers focus on the technical aspects of headphones and restrict customers to a limited selection of brands, Experience Headphones Inc. is the only local retailer offering premium headphones to a fashion-conscious consumer. The strong growth in retail sales, and the lack of innovation from local businesses that offer headphone products allows the rare opportunity for a first-mover advantage. The new location marks a milestone in the company’s growth and history, as it will act as the original and flagship store

Customers visiting the store on the grand opening will be the first to browse the full collection, with over 100 different styles of on-ear, in-ear, and over-ear headphones from premium lines, such as Frends, Urbanears, Molami, and WeSC. Customers can try on and experience every pair of earphones, with the exception of earbuds and will also get access to special pricing, giveaways, and live music from local Vancouver buskers.

In metro Vancouver. Experience Headphones plans to open two additional stores in Vancouver, one at Metrotown and another at the airport, before venturing to other cities in the province and across the country.

For more information on Experience Headphones Inc., please visit their website.

ABOUT EXPERIENCE HEADPHONES INC.

Experience Headphones Inc. was founded in July 2013 by Dean Horsfield, a former employee of Best Buy Corporate headquarters in Burnaby, Canada. He saw an opportunity to capitalize on the booming trend of fashion-forward headphones, and after unsuccessfully pitching the idea to Best Buy decided to build out the concept on his own. The company now has over 100 SKU’s from 11 different brands and is in talks with another three brands to be added early in the New Year.

VanCollect hits the streets in the City of Vancouver

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I’ve been a follower of the City of Vancouver’s Digital Strategy for a while so VanCollectwhen word came out last week about  the VanCollect mobile app I was immediately intrigued. VanCollect is a new free smartphone app that helps Vancouver residents with City-collected waste easily figure out when their garbage, recycling and Green Bin are to be picked up. To me this seems like a great fit since we are glued to our smartphone’s these days anyways. No one likes taking out the garbage much less remembering to take it out and the City of Vancouver has made it that much easier.

How it Works

VanCollect is available for both iPhone and Android. To get started do the following:

  • Download and install the app
  • To use the app enter your home address on the first screen and confirm your place on the map
  • Once you have confirmed your address you will see details for your next pickup dates
  • On the menu screen under notifications you can select when to receive reminders about your garbage pickup.

VanCollect is one of a suite of tools you can use as well as email reminders, text messages, voicemail, tweets, or integration into online calendars. Seasonal reminders for special items like Christmas trees, leaf collection, are also available through the app. An information section answers frequently asked questions like what can go in a Green Bin and more. Missed pickups or other problems can also be sent through the app to 3-1-1.

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The app was developed by ReCollect, a Vancouver-based company who got its start using the City of Vancouver’s open data sets on garbage collection schedules. It is responsible for the collection reminder system that underpins all the digital collection reminders available to users on the City website. Recollect provides similar collection reminder services for cities like Port Moody and Victoria.

Download the App

VanCollect is a free download in the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores. No charges apply for receiving reminders for garbage pickup. I was using my iPhone to get the schedule so navigate to the App store and type “Vancouver collection schedule” or “Vancouver garbage” into the search box.

Great job City of Vancouver! This little app is a real bonus especially with Christmas coming and collection schedules get out of whack with stat holidays. We now have no excuse not to take out the garbage now since it’s linked to our smartphones. Now let’s see how often I ignore its reminders amongst all the others I get on my smartphone!

Lightbeam Firefox add-on launched by Emily Carr University

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Emily Carr University Research announces the launch of Lightbeam, a new Add-on for the popular Firefox browser that enables users to visualize online data tracking in real time. Mozilla, the developer of Firefox, partnered with the University on a year-long research project to improve Lightbeam’s interactive visualizations. The Emily Carr University team was led by Associate Professor Amber Frid-Jimenez, who worked with student design researchers Sabrina Ng, Joakim Sundal and Heather Tsang and a group of developers at Mozilla, led by Dethe Elza, to develop the visualizations of of the tool which will shed light on the online collection of information by third parties. This research was supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Mozilla Foundation, and is a project of the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre, headed by Kate Armstrong.

Lightbeam
image courtesy of http://research.ecuad.ca/simcentre/2013/10/28/press-package-lightbeam/

The research team focused on three key areas of the visualization:

  • Browsing history: to interest users in privacy issues with an interface that facilitates exploration of their past browsing history and the third party connections that have been involved in this data;
  • Deep dive into time: to provide experts, power-users and those already interested in privacy issues with an interface that explores their relationships with trackers, and their enabling Web sites, to reveal patterns in the near term or over larger anonymized, aggregated datasets in the future;
  • Metrics as widgets: to provide users with an interface that displays simple figures and browsing history in real-time as single numbers and visual graphs.

Lightbeam visualizations

The Lightbeam visualizations demonstrate the forward-looking research in social and interactive design provided by Emily Carr University. The Lightbeam visualizations will be important to helping web users understand the role of third party data tracking that shapes so much of the web and make informed choices about their data collection practices.

“Emily Carr University’s visualization research for Lightbeam enables users to understand their personal relationship to online tracking,” says Emily Carr’s Amber Frid-Jimenez, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media.  She continues: “Our visualizations for Lightbeam will contribute to increased transparency about how personal information is collected and propagated by third parties, a key issue of online privacy.”

“The collaboration between Emily Carr University and Mozilla shows how our innovative research partnerships give students real-world experience and demonstrates the importance of art and design in contemporary culture and industry,” adds Kate Armstrong, Director, Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre. “The striking visualizations developed by Frid-Jimenez and her students make it incredibly easy for users to immediately understand how their online behaviours are being tracked, so that people can tell who is watching.”

 

About Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have enormous impact on both the cultural sector and economy. We engage students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world.  Emily Carr is building a state-of-the art campus for 21st century learning at Great Northern Way. The University will be at the centre of a new social, cultural, educational, and economic engine for British Columbia. Find out more at ecuad.ca.

About the SIM Centre

The Social + Interactive Media Centre is a research centre that supports a wide range of applied
social, interactive and design projects. Funded by a 5-year grant from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the centre offers BC companies a way to tap the design, creative and technical expertise of Emily Carr faculty and students.

About Mozilla

Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than a decade. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web on computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Our mission is to promote openness, innovation & opportunity on the Web. At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.