By David Malamed There are many ways to prevent and detect procurement fraud, but the most effective measure is to establish a whistleblower process. In its spring report to Parliament the office of the Auditor General raised a warning flag about a Crown corporation that handed out almost $1 billion in contracts last year. One… Read More Whistle where you work
Armed with algorithms, retailers are making it harder for online shoppers to search for the cheapest deal. In 2011, for a brief moment, a paperback book was offered on Amazon for $23,698,655.93. An error, promptly corrected. But the story of how such a glitch could happen, as told by The Atlantic, is revealing.
By Yan Barcelo Smartphones and apps are designed to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. People might joke about being addicted to their smartphones, but it’s not really a joking matter. According to CBS News, tech giants in Silicon Valley deliberately design phones, apps and social media to get people hooked — a process many programmers… Read More Brain hacking
By Karen Wensley A culture that encourages individuals to look at issues from different angles is likely to attract great people and win awards for creative solutions. I was recently sitting in a boardroom waiting for a meeting to start. I had never met the person opposite, so we introduced ourselves and asked each other… Read More Ethics as innovation
By Dwayne Bragonier Thanks to the power of cloud computing, 2017 promises to bring huge breakthroughs in data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Welcome to 2017, a time when things that were once impossible to imagine are becoming a reality, thanks to the power of cloud computing to eliminate physical barriers and increase access… Read More 2017: a year of abundance
By Trevor Wilson Would Donald Trump’s infamous “locker-room banter” count as unacceptable workplace behaviour? As I was standing at an intersection recently, I glanced over at the pole on the corner and was greeted by a poster entitled “Dear White People.” It was an invitation to join the alt-right movement for those “sick of being… Read More The new intolerance in the age of Trump