Matthew Braga

Senior Technology Reporter

Matthew Braga is the senior technology reporter for CBC News, where he covers stories about how data is collected, used, and shared. He can be contacted at matthew.braga@cbc.ca. For particularly sensitive messages or documents, consider using Secure Drop, an anonymous, confidential system for sharing encrypted information with CBC News.

Latest from Matthew Braga

This drone has a camera that can tell it where to fly — no GPS required

Ensuring drones can operate safely and reliably in a wide range of environments and conditions — without being hijacked or disrupted — will be critical as drones are given more responsibilities.

How Omar Khadr's name appeared in a Google search for 'Canadian soldiers'

The episode is yet another reminder of how even algorithms with the best of intentions can unwittingly fuel the spread of misinformation online.
Analysis

If Huawei were a security risk, how would we find out?

There has been no public evidence that Huawei's equipment has been used to conduct espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. Here's what officials are worried about.
Analysis

How smart technology gets you to continue paying long after point of sale

Giving every dishwasher, thermostat, and SUV an internet connection is one way for companies to keep making money after someone buys their product — whether through regular subscriptions, data collection, or some combination of the two.

Smart speakers just a fad? Think again. The year ahead for Alexa, Google, Siri

Consumer surveys published in the waning months of 2018 suggest that tiny, internet-connected, table-top speakers have finally gone mainstream.

Uber's self-driving cars are returning to the road in Toronto — but just to collect data in manual mode

Months after a self-driving Uber operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman in the U.S., the company is returning its test fleet to Toronto's streets — but with humans at the wheel.
Analysis

Harmless viral Facebook post is another reminder how easy it is to make online fakes

Social media platforms continue to help amplify false posts and misinformation, and the onus has largely shifted, unfairly or not, onto users to sort out what’s real and what’s not.

Get ready for another test of the wireless emergency alert system

Emergency officials will conduct another test of the country's new wireless alert system later this month, after an initial test in May failed to reach some mobile users.
Analysis

How will Facebook keep people on Facebook? By helping them fall in love

A new dating feature is Facebook's way of ratcheting up the gravitational pull of its ever-expanding digital universe — a play to keep its existing users engaged in lieu of rapid new user growth.

Quebec dissident believes Saudis used spyware to eavesdrop on his chats with Jamal Khashoggi

Fellow critic Omar Abdulaziz fears his relationship with Khashoggi may have put the Saudi journalist in further danger, given the spyware that was planted on Abdulaziz's phone.

A Quebecer spoke out against the Saudis - then learned he had spyware on his iPhone

Omar Abdulaziz believes the Saudi Arabian government is trying to intimidate him into silence for his protests against its human rights record.
Analysis

How do you get people excited about augmented reality? Put it in a browser

Tech companies want to make summoning virtual objects and projecting them in physical spaces as convenient and accessible as playing a video or a song. Here's how.

After fatal crash, Uber to expand its self-driving car research in Toronto

The San Francisco-based company announced on Thursday that it plans to spend $200 million Cdn on the Toronto hub over the next five years, Matthew Braga writes.

Who has your data? Researchers scrutinize apps for undisclosed ties to advertisers, analytics companies

Nearly 60 per cent of apps collected more information than declared in their privacy policies according to a recent study that compared the stated practices of hundreds of apps with how they actually behaved.

When activists and human rights groups are targets of government hackers, where can they turn for help?

From phishing to trolling and online harassment, a researcher found there's precious little technical support available to civil society's most politically vulnerable groups.