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  For about two months now, I have been writing a lot about homelessness in Canada. In fact, this particular social issue caught my attention at first as it affects hundred of thousands of Canadians every year, and a lot more around the world. Moreover, I felt homelessness was an important issue as it can affect anybody. In fact, anybody can become homeless at one point in his or her life, which I believe makes it a social issue that needs addressing.  

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The Potential of Bitcoin to Become the New Standard Transaction System Author: Simon Cochrane (Student in Newsactivism at Champlain College St-Lambert)

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Foster care children are more likely to get mental illnesses, mental diseases and behavioral problems. This is no longer an interrogation but an actual fact. The children’s age when they are placed into foster care does affect them, either positively or negatively, as in one case the chances of mental sequels are increased, and in the other decreased. The results show that a child remaining too long in an abusive home with the biological parents has more chances of having behavioral problems, mental illnesses or mental diseases.

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A man’s desire for preventative measures against brain tumors unravels over a 7 year battle of his own. Before his passing he gets to see his dream become a reality, establishing a realm of financial support and research for those in need.

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An organization called “Kids Help Phone”, allows individuals to contact professional counselors, day or night, 365 days a year. These counselors provide support and advice for all sorts of problems, no matter how big or how small the problem is.

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This recent article even though it is quite short has a major importance for the integration of virtual currency in the Quebec province. It is not the first time someone attempts to create a cryptocurrency for a specific country, but it is the first time someone does it for Quebec.

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I have been reading The Code Book over the last week, which is a pretty interesting publication exploring the problems and opportunities of cryptography. The objective of the author, Simon Singh, is to inform as many people as possible over the concerns of computer security and privacy. The book was published in March 2002 and, today, we can see some of Singh’s concerns as reality.

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Taking a look at how religious discord within families affects the quality of relationship between parents and young children. Research suggests that higher religious discord correlates with a lower quality relationship. From my experience I have found this to be true.

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In this article, it goes in detail how police are beginning to use social media as a new form of policing. In some cases, people are cooperating and helping police making arrest through websites like Facebook. In many other cases, though police are simply just searching names and visiting fan pages which is leading to the arrest of many suspects.

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I did some research on technology and kids, and the amount of time spent outside. According to the article Children’s Time Outdoors, by L. Larson and others (2011), states that kids today are spending a lot less time outdoors. The main cause of this is the rise of technology. A study was done and about 57% of parents claim that the reason their children don’t go outside is because they are using some type of electronic, such as video games, watching TV, or listening to music (Larson 2011).

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Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, which could eliminate the need for bank transaction fees. However, since it is decentralized, it is also subject to rogues who could exploit the system. Its main problem right now doesn’t rely on users, but on the governments.

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I have been writing about many issues related to the technology world. Manly, my articles revolved around the security of specific technology and the future use of certain technologies. The first news that got me interested in digital currencies was the implementation of Bitcoin ATM machines in Montreal. Following my research on that subject I became really interested by the possibilities offered by Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

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            Christine Evans-Pughe, a science and technology writer who holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and electronics, describes the different possibilities offered by Bitcoin in her peer-reviewed article “From Megabytes to Megabucks.” (Evans-Pughe) It was published in the Science & Technology journal in 2012.

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David Chaum is a Doctor of Computer Science and Business Administration. His main work consist of researches in cryptography, that is the process of encoding data so that it can only be decrypted with a specific key. He is known for his work in two main areas related to cryptography, economics and democracy.

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The children of today are exposed to the Internet, and all of its wonders, far more than ever before. Is this ever increasing usage of the worldwide-web a positive or is it hindering the long-term development of these youths?

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The sspeaker Christopher Sogholan is a privacy researcher and his view are that the government surveillance is shifting beneath the population feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Christopher states that the through private companies, the government is buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity- without any detection.

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The Montreal organization Dans la rue’s main objective since its foundation in 1988 has been to help young people living in the street get back on their feet. By offering their support with a place to live, to clean and a supervised education perspective, they help young adult and teenager make it into the real world by providing them with the tools required to find a job and start working for themselves.

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Stella’s circle is a charitable organization based on the principles of personal growth, community involvement, social justice, dignity and compassion. Their mission is to promote the development of communities and to attack oppressive social policies. Their objective is to help people get a job, a home and help from their community in order to provide them with a quality of life.

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Junior Achievement is an organization that helps Quebec’s students. Their main goal is to inspire students to develop entrepreneurial values, while understanding the economy and developing their leadership. They are able to do so by offering a chance for students to develop in the business world while acquiring an interest in a future career. Basically, they provide the tools required by students to create their own startup business.

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Engineers without Borders is an organization which invests in continuous global learning. They believe that every human being should live in the same good conditions. They are trying to implement changes in Africa to develop the potential of the people living there. They believe in equality and they wish to eradicate poverty in developing countries.

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This article focuses on how although the education system is changing quickly and making rapid switches from paper to portable devices in efforts to focus on individual-based style learning, it is important to remember that the one thing in education that hasn’t changed is the teachers wanting to help each child individually. As time has gone on the best way to do this is by using technology because the technology can cater to every child’s needs. If the technology helps the children who are excelling then the teachers are now able to help the children who are struggling.

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In our capitalist world, employment is an important issue for a decent life. Many new opportunities are created nearly everywhere, some are successes, and others fall into memories. The technology world has begun, along with the incredible growth of the internet, dominating the market of startup companies. They can grow really fast and create employment opportunity for local skilled developers and engineers. However, they compete on the same market as the tech giants of Silicon Valley such as Google, Facebook and others like Microsoft and Apple.

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Making all public college tuition free would cost significantly less than what our federal government currently spends on tax breaks and financial aid alone.

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It has always baffled me that Americans are able to claim to be animal rights activists while simultaneously sitting down to a nice steak dinner. It seems to me that “ignorance is bliss” should be a slogan printed on every neatly packaged corpse able to be purchased in a super market. Namit Arora, author of “On Eating Animals”, brings up an interesting point: why are we okay with eating some animals, such as chickens, pigs, and cows, but are outraged at the idea of eating “cute” animals such as cats and dogs (p. 28)?

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Anxiety is affected by more than just your genes. As technology has grown exponentially and our culture has evolved, the ideas that are making you worry have changed with them.

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The Montreal start-up company Hootsuite competes to find software engineers to hire. Canadian engineers are really hard to find since Silicon Valley’s heavyweight companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter are able to offer much more advantages to those they hire. The problem is that most of the brightest Canadian computer developers are hired by US companies leaving no one to be hired by Canadian companies.

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Wednesday February the 5th, a bitcoin ATM will be presented at the Montreal Bitcoin Embassy. The machine is said to be a vending machine to either buy or sell bitcoins. Montreal will be the third city to have a BitAccess ATM, as Tracey Lindeman explained in her article “Bitcoin ATM opens for business in Montreal” released Tuesday February 4th. Hundreds of similar machines are planned to be installed this year all around the world.

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Last week, Google acquired DeepMind, a company that develops artificial intelligence. The co-founder of this firm said in 2011 that artificial intelligences were the number one threat to human survival related to technology. The fear currently comes from the fact that one day machines could be more intelligent than human and take control. Currently though, the software consider as AI is barely intelligent enough to even consider it as AI, posing no direct considerable threat.

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Recently, Naoki Hiroshima was the target of a cyber-attack as he explains in his article “How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username” he published on January 29th, 2014. Basically, Hiroshima possessed the coveted username @N that is worth a lot of money for people who want an easily remembered username. The hacker was able to blackmail Hiroshima by taking control of his Go Daddy account which gave him control over all the websites owned by Mr. Hiroshima. Under the threat of losing all his sites, Mr.

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Young Canadian are now accessing the Internet on their own and with their own devices. Nowadays, fewer parents feel the need to enforce rules for their children regarding Internet use. After all, a lot of teenagers own a Smartphone or a personal laptop, parents have less control over what young adults do on the Internet.

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We have all had different teachers, some we liked and others we didn’t. Currently, in Canada, teachers are remunerated according to their seniority that is their teaching experience and which diploma entitles them to do so, as Andy Radia mentions in his article “Teacher pay should be tied to performance, ability: study” published on January 25th 2014. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives published a report on the subject recently. The objective of this study was to observe the lack of incentive for teachers to improve themselves.

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Free wireless Wi-Fi networks are almost everywhere nowadays. It would appear banal to connect to a free and public network with a decent name, but it can bounce to something much less legitimate. These fake "hotspot" are frequent and will often prompt those who connect by requiring them to enter their username and password on an interface designed to replicate popular websites like Facebook. Obviously this interface does not log into the said website, but rather sends the credentials to the host for malicious usage.

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Original Article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/virgin-galactic-space-tourists-could-be-grounded-by-faa-1.2501310  

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     Despite being but 9 years old, Facebook is now a ubiquitous part of our lives. For many people, it is hard to imagine how they would get news of their friends or their "friends". However, how Facebook can be used is still a confusing matter. What is socially acceptable on Facebook and what isn't is poorly defined, which can get serious when it coincides with legal matters. Recently, a US Court of Appeals clarified things a bit more by stating that "liking" on Facebook is equivalent to putting a sign on one's front lawn, which makes it free speech protected by the First Amendment.

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The world of computer science is one the fastest rising technology of all time. According to Moore’s law, the performance of processors doubles every year and a half. However, because of the physical world’s limits, it is believed by many that this law, which has revealed itself to be true since 1970, will hit a barrier in the years 2020. To avoid this problem, researchers have begun searching for new ways to compute based on more recent theories. This is where quantum computing comes in, which, as its name suggests, is based on quantum mechanics.

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The development of independent artificial intelligences has always been a debated topic. With the growing importance of computers in our society, it becomes a major concern for all of us. As a computer science student, the wonders behind those intelligences and the improvement they could bring has always been an interesting subject to me. However, looking at movies, novels, etc., artificial reasoning seems to be a subject of fear and is often depicted as machines turning hostile toward the human race.

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A man claims that he owns the Moon and sells extraterrestrial real estates for a living.

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