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Has Apple lost Its Virtue?  Planned Obsolescence and Dubious Privacy Practices are now Apple Features

Has Apple lost Its Virtue? Planned Obsolescence and Dubious Privacy Practices are now Apple Features

I have been a fan of Apple products since the beginning and am angry at their strategy of iPhone planned obsolescence. Not only that, but its signature approach of privacy-by-design is not a reality anymore. I’ve stopped buying new iPhones. Their life span has been steadily decreasing under Tim Cook’s leadership, since 2012. Their batteries are now notorious for lasting a couple hours under normal operating conditions past the one year mark.

Two European Sustainability Workshops now in Ontario and online: The Climate Fresk and The Digital Collage

Come and discover the Climate Fresk (Fresque du Climat) and the Digital Collage (Fresque du Numérique) in Toronto and Ontario! These Climate Change and Sustainable Digital Technology murals, as they could also be called, are two recent sustainability workshops out of Europe. They allow the average Jane or Joe to simply and dynamically discuss our Western economies’ detrimental impact on climate change in general (for the Climate Fresk) and the true environmental impact of digital technology in particular (for the Digital Collage).

Research Results: Use and Place of Digital Technology in Toronto’s 2022 Race for Mayor

We tracked & echoed online public conversations on Twitter, Facebook & TikTok about the 2022 Toronto race for mayor and issues surrounding the race from the top candidates, interest groups, established and emerging media outlets and concerned residents. We also looked at how candidates included digital technology, ie, “civic tech” in their platforms for Toronto.

Using & Featuring Civic Tech in Toronto’s 2022 Mayor Election

So we used our Twitter Tech for Good Canada account , its Facebook page and the We Stop Scrolling TikTok account tracking social media activism to feature an equitable selection of tweets from candidates, interest groups, journalists, informed citizens and traditional media about Toronto’s October 2022 election. Hashtags like #TOPoli, #ToVotes, and #ToVotes22 are a way to find those conversations online. We also curated a list of To Poli accounts on this Twitter list.

Research Project with Ontario Tech Faculty of Education to Explore How Youth Can Develop Activism on Social Media

Project will look at how youth can use social media for sharing and engaging in activism that promote emotional and social wellness. We at Tech for Good Canada, like many others, focus on digital citizenship that protects children when it comes to social media use. Teaching resources that deal with protecting their mental health, their privacy, handling cyberbullying, preventing risky behaviours such as sexting, and deciphering fake news abound online. These are all important issues to combat. However, youth do need to understand how they can use social media to enhance their sense of empowerment, civic enyagement, and pro-social behaviours, as these tools are largely designed for short, frivolous, even sensational communication.

Join us for National Day of Unplugging March 5 & 6, 2021

Join us for National Day of Unplugging in Canada from sundown-to-sundown Friday March 5 to Saturday March 6, 2021. You’ll find fun ideas below, as well as ways to support the cause of a safer and healthier Internet for young and old during this day of unplugging.

Safer Internet Day Ressources for Parents in Canada

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 is Safer Internet Day, an initiative launched in the EU and now global. In Canada, Tech for Good Canada is organizing an informal talk on keeping kids, teens and young adults safe online February 9 at 1 PM Eastern ( Toronto/Montream/New York) time.

Main Authors

Caroline Isautier

From digital marketing to digital citizenship

Kate Tillezcek

Canada Research Chair on Youth

Hessie Jones

Venture Partner, Matr Ventures, privacy and marketing expert

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