Society & Culture

Social media expert offers tips to guard your privacy.

10
April
2018

People should pay closer attention to the bigger issue of online security rather than any one company that breaches users’ privacy, according to a University of Alberta social media expert.

“People can feel good about any (online) tool they use as long as they know how to use it, but they have to become digitally literate and ask questions,” said Jessica Laccetti, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Extension. “Read the fine print.”

The recent Facebook scandal—in which more than 87 million users, including 620,000 in Canada, had personal information unknowingly shared with outside companies—spawned a #DeleteFacebook campaign in which users are being urged to delete their Facebook account.

But is it the right approach?

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24
April
2018

COMMENTARY || Suzuki controversy shows U of A champions freedom of thought

Take uncomfortable ideas, debate, and conflict out of the university and its fundamental role in society disappears, says U of A president.

David Suzuki is a controversial figure. A companion of the Order of Canada in recognition of his promotion of science literacy and education, he has been an inspiration to many around the world and a
20
April
2018

4 easy ways to cut back on your plastic use

Plus 6 things to avoid altogether, according to UAlberta experts.

Plastic is cheap, convenient—and choking the planet, leading Earth Day organizers to focus this year’s event on changing our behaviour and attitude towards plastic, helping reduce
18
April
2018

COMMENTARY || Did the West rush to judgment on the Russian spy poisoning?

Expelling Russian diplomats may have been the right move but it was too hasty given lack of conclusive proof, says UAlberta historian.

On March 4, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, a British resident, and his daughter Yulia, visiting from Russia, were found slumped on a park bench in the quiet town of Salisbury, Wiltshire,
09
April
2018

UAlberta names honorary degree recipients for 2018 spring convocation

Thirteen exceptional individuals will impart their wisdom to the university’s newest graduates this June.

Canada’s most famous environmentalist, an award-winning CBC foreign correspondent and a former prime minister of New Zealand are among 13 exceptional individuals who will be awarded honorary
07
April
2018

U of A medical researcher pens murder mystery

Rehabilitation science expert draws on experiences in academia for first foray into fiction.

In a university sleep clinic, researchers test a promising new weight-loss drug aimed at helping patients with sleep apnea. It soon becomes clear the drug is harming trial participants, but the
03
April
2018

Phishing, phone calls and frauds: How to stay safe this tax season

Spot cybercriminals’ favourite tricks and protect yourself from scams at tax time.

Tax season is upon us: T4 slips are out, accountants are booked solid and the filing deadline is just weeks away. In all the craze, it’s easy to forget about online security—and
31
March
2018

Democracy eroding like never before, says Edward Snowden

American whistleblower describes unprecedented growth in state and corporate surveillance "the greatest power redistribution since the Industrial revolution," at UAlberta livestream event.

Internet giants such as Facebook and Google take advantage of their users’ ignorance to collect vast files of personal information, Edward Snowden told a University of Alberta audience
29
March
2018

Long-term financial health and viability of institution main factors in university budget decisions: Turpin

U of A president hosts public forum, provides context for and details of financial decisions.

The University of Alberta simply can’t keep spending more money than it has, said president David Turpin during a public forum with the university community yesterday. The forum came on the
29
March
2018

Understanding how society will change as we move to renewable energy sources

University of Alberta researchers are imagining what society will look like after hydrocarbons are replaced with renewable energy.

Imagine waking up tomorrow in a world that doesn’t depend on oil. That might seem far-fetched, but as engineers and scientists come up with new ways to harness renewable energy, those new
23
March
2018

Institute builds Canadian expertise on China

With China investing some $80 billion in Canada’s economy—62 per cent of which is in Alberta—understanding the Asian powerhouse is crucial, says China Institute director.

It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago there was no way to tell how much China had invested in Canada. Even Statistics Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce couldn’t provide
23
March
2018

Sociologist advises vigilance against evangelical “spiritual warriors” set on converting Indigenous peoples

American movement using social science research, language of reconciliation to target Indigenous populations, says expert.

A new evangelical sect targeting Indigenous people in Canada is an ominous trend that should be closely watched, says a University of Alberta sociologist. In an exposé published last fall,