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Myths and Facts About Identity Theft

Partnerships like the one we have
with Seneca give us a tremendous amount as an organization. We’ve had new ideas
we never would have imagined because Dave’s basically got a lab full of young
people who are trying to solve, you know, some of our most
cutting-edge problems. It’s been my passion to try
and make it possible to bring students into this kind of
environment, working with great engineers and with creative
people, people who are pushing the limits of what’s possible
with technology. An open source project is the best
classroom that anybody could ever hope for. It’s a place where
you can take a student, throw them in there; you get peer
review from other coders, and you actually learn by doing. A lot of the technologies have related
to things to do with media and interactivity: using the web as
a platform for doing video games, being able to use your
web browser and go and run a video game on the web or on
your phone. And to do that we have to have advanced controls,
so being able to use game pads or joysticks, being able to use
your mouse to rotate around in 3D world. So we’ve worked for
a number of years to build technologies into the web and
into browsers, into Firefox from Mozilla, to make it possible
to do those things. He lets his students loose in Mozilla.
They work on bugs, they learn how to code, we get volunteers
and contributions back. Everybody’s better for it. We’ve had
people working on new technologies for actually teaching and learning
using the web, and now they’re working on something called MakeDrive,
which is a brand new file system. When I was in school, I wish
I could have worked on projects like this. Having the ability to collaborate
with world-class engineers, designers, creative people, business people,
there’s nothing like it. With the NSERC piece, we’ve really
been able to build a lab around what was happening in the classroom,
take the best students, put them in the lab, and work with them over a
couple of years. And the innovation parts of what’s come out
of the partnership with Seneca come because that NSERC funding,
that collaboration as a business, collaboration with the school,
and the students working through the summer, that’s only been
possible because of NSERC.

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