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 thomas.daigle@cbc.ca.

Latest from Thomas Daigle

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.

Merchandise promoting QAnon conspiracy theory available on Amazon, eBay

E-commerce giants Amazon and eBay continue to sell thousands of items promoting QAnon, even as social media companies crack down on the dangerous conspiracy theory that the FBI has called a "domestic terror threat."

Misconceptions persist about effectiveness and privacy of Canada's COVID Alert app

The government's COVID Alert app has received positive reviews from privacy advocates, but myths persist about what data it collects. Experts stress the more people who use it, the more effective it will be.

Canadians can now opt out of Clearview AI facial recognition, with a catch

Canadians may now request that they not appear in Clearview AI’s facial recognition search results, days after the controversial U.S.-based firm announced it was pulling out of this country. But anyone making the withdrawal request must submit an image of their own face.

Clearview AI stops offering facial recognition software in Canada amid privacy probe

A controversial U.S. tech firm will no longer make its facial recognition software available in Canada. A statement issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on Monday said Clearview had advised officials of the move in response to an ongoing investigation by privacy authorities.

Canadians among most active in online right-wing extremism, research finds

A new report on Canadian involvement in right-wing extremism online should serve as a “wake-up call” about the widespread nature of the movement, says a leading expert on the phenomenon. The research identified 6,600 online channels where Canadians were involved in spreading radical views.

Clearview AI facial recognition offers to delete some faces — but not in Canada

Clearview AI, the U.S.-based facial recognition technology firm, is allowing Canadians to check whether their face appears in the company’s massive image database. Ontario's privacy watchdog says residents should also be allowed to request their data be deleted, like citizens of some other countries.
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Demands grow for police in Canada to wear body cameras

An online petition calling for Toronto police to be equipped with body cameras has highlighted renewed pressure on Canadian law enforcement to employ the devices. But several outstanding issues with the technology have so far left bodycams largely absent from Canadian cities.

'Zoom fatigue' is setting in: What it is and how to prevent it

Although the term may not be found in psychology textbooks, experts say "Zoom fatigue," named for the popular videoconferencing software, has become all too common in the COVID-19 era, with so many people working from home and holding meetings online.

More users needed: Lessons from Alberta's coronavirus contact tracing app

Alberta's use of a smartphone app to help slow the spread of the coronavirus may provide other provinces with insight on what to do — and what to avoid — as Canada begins easing restrictions, heightening the need for effective contact tracing.

N.S. gunman's replica patrol car had something that slain RCMP constable's car didn't

The replica police car that the gunman drove on his killing rampage through rural Nova Scotia last month was distinct from most other RCMP patrol vehicles in at least one way. It was equipped with a black push bar on the front bumper. But exerts disagree on how much of a difference that made in the head-on collision with the vehicle of RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, who died at the scene after confronting the gunman.

Police uniform, mock RCMP cruiser key parts of investigation into N.S. shootings

How Gabriel Wortman managed to get an authentic police uniform and a mock RCMP vehicle are key questions investigators are trying to answer after a deadly rampage that left 22 people dead.

Email, text message attacks surge during COVID-19 crisis

With the COVID-19 crisis as the backdrop, fraudsters appear to be redoubling their efforts to steal information or money from unsuspecting users, sending fake emails and text messages as bait, in a scheme known as phishing. According to one analysis, the number of active websites used for phishing has increased by 350 per cent.

Telecom networks deal with 'unprecedented' pressure as Canadians work from home

With countless Canadians working from home, bandwidth limits and telephone network capacities are being put to the test. Bell, Rogers and Telus all acknowledged their networks are experiencing higher-than-normal traffic and they pledge their infrastructure can handle the sudden surge.

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