Thomas Daigle

Senior Technology Reporter

While in CBC's London, U.K. bureau, Thomas reported on everything from the Royal Family and European politics to terrorism. He filed stories from Quebec for several years and reported for Radio-Canada in his native New Brunswick. Thomas is now based in Toronto and focuses on technology-related news. He can be reached by email at

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CRA locks online accounts amid investigation, leaving users worried

The Canada Revenue Agency has locked more than 100,000 taxpayers out of its online platform, telling users their email addresses have been removed from their accounts. The CRA says the move is meant “as a security precaution in the context of ongoing investigative work."

Federal COVID Alert app to collect more data to gauge effectiveness

Hailed by the federal government as a key tool in the fight against the coronavirus since its release last July, Canada’s COVID Alert app has been plagued by a nagging question: Does it really work? Now, federal officials have a plan to offer a better answer soon.

Mixing reality and fantasy, virtual influencers thrive amid the pandemic

Virtual influencers can appear cartoonishly fake or strikingly true to life, but always engaging to their audience. For advertisers, it’s proven a tantalizing combination. And amid a pandemic, virtual influencers have been increasingly hard to cast aside as a fad.

Open the COVID Alert app to make sure it works, say developers

Bugs affecting Canada’s COVID Alert app have not been entirely fixed as federal officials first announced, leaving an unknown number of users still without exposure notifications. An update was released on Nov. 23 to address an issue, but officials now say the fix didn't work for all devices.

Elon Musk's Starlink offers fast internet connections to rural Canadians. But it's not cheap

The new high-speed internet service from Elon Musk's SpaceX firm recently approved by the CRTC does have drawbacks, including its price tag and the potential impact its satellites will have on stargazing. But it's offering hope to users in rural areas who've long struggled to get high-speed connections.

Federal COVID Alert app wasn't working for some users for much of November

The developers of Canada's COVID Alert app fixed a glitch last week that left some users without exposure notifications for much of November. It’s unclear how many people were affected, but those who haven't updated the app may still be in the dark.

Canadian professor's website helps Russia spread disinformation, says U.S. State Department

Ahead of the U.S. elections on Nov. 3, the FBI has identified Russian proxy sites as a major source of "malign foreign influence." According to the U.S. State Department, a site run by a retired University of Ottawa professor has the biggest reach.

Few provinces still resisting COVID Alert app as new features under consideration

Quebec has joined the COVID Alert app, leaving B.C. and Alberta as the only remaining provinces with no immediate plans to activate the tool. While more features could be on the way, Health Canada says its priority remains to have all provinces and territories join the exposure notification app “as is.”

Ottawa prepares to squeeze big U.S. tech firms over loss of revenue for Canadian news outlets

Advocates for Canada’s news media sector have welcomed the federal government’s clearest pledge yet to push web giants for compensation, laid out in its throne speech. But evidence from abroad suggests it will be a long, difficult process.

Why TikTok is at a crossroad and where it could go

TikTok users might not notice any change, but a shakeup is in the works for the company behind the wildly popular video sharing app. Caught in a political tug-of-war between Washington and Beijing, the platform is facing a Sept. 20 deadline imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump to cut ties with China.