What my company’s doing for COVID-19

As some of you know, I'm still working full-time in Toronto, where we learned a lot from the SARS epidemic. This is how a smart organization stops the spread of the virus by social distancing at the company level. The Company Stuff First of all, we're acting immediately to cut down the opportunity for transmission.… Continue reading What my company’s doing for COVID-19

Engineers are Birds

This picture is of a flock of starlings, who we see flying in tight formation as if they knew what every other bird was going to do. But birds aren't supposed to be telepathic. Oddly enough, I just came off a  project where engineers also acted that way, as if they were all of one… Continue reading Engineers are Birds

Errors, as if they were in a safety-critical system

In some systems, errors are really evil. Trains running into cars at railroad crossings, for example. In computer programs, the errors aren't of that seriousness, but what if we looked at them from the viewpoint of someone doing safety-critical systems? Many moons ago, I attended Jonathan Ostroff's course on safety-critical systems, which studied things like… Continue reading Errors, as if they were in a safety-critical system

Two Technological Contributions to Modernizing PIPEDA

This is my submission to the Director, Privacy and Data Protection Policy Directorate, Innovation, Science and Economic Development on the modernization of PIPEDA. I’d like to bring to your attention two existing technologies which deserve your consideration, to enable them to implement privacy protection and preserve reputation while still addressing free speech rights. • In the… Continue reading Two Technological Contributions to Modernizing PIPEDA