Digifest 2016 brings together leaders, storytellers and creative entrepreneurs

From April 28th to 30th, Digifest, Toronto’s annual international festival celebrating digital content innovation takes over Corus entertainment, Canada’s driving force in the media industry. The immersive three-day event showcases groundbreaking creations and trending content in digital media, art, design and technology.

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The Great Beauty – 2014 Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards
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Sell a big vision with a defensible strategy | A Conversation wit Allen Lau

As CEO and Co-founder of Wattpad, Allen leads the company’s efforts to transform the reading and writing experience of millions of people around the world. In between travelling to and from Toronto, we caught up with the globe trotter to ask him his thoughts on Wattpad’s influence in the world of entertainment and storytelling. Highlights of the conversation are below. Continue reading “Sell a big vision with a defensible strategy | A Conversation wit Allen Lau”

BE PASSIONATE | A Conversation with Jean-Pierre Lacroix

As part of an intimate series to get to know some of our FUTURE5 speakers, Digifest reached out to interview Jean-Pierre Lacroix President of Shikatani Lacroix, a multidisciplinary studio based in Toronto. When it comes to the design industry, JP Lacroix is always one step ahead in the branding and design game. A visionary design thinker, author and speaker, JP maintains an unwavering focus on the latest and emerging trends. Highlights of the conversation are below. Continue reading “BE PASSIONATE | A Conversation with Jean-Pierre Lacroix”

Lynn Hughes – Games in an expanded field

Lynn Hughes’s educational background includes degrees in Art and English Literature and in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, with a concentration in the History and Philosophy of Mathematics. She currently holds the Research Chair in Interaction Design and Games Innovation at Concordia University. She founded with Bart Simon (Sociology, Concordia) the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre at Concordia.

Her FUTURE15 Talk looks at “Games in an expanded field” where game = set of designed constraints or rules + space around these for improvisation or play.

Our rights as citizens are now under attack

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The Canadian Bar Association is challenging the federal government on its contentious proposed anti-terror legislation, asking whether Bill C-51 is striking a proper balance between managing risk and safeguarding the privacy rights of Canadian citizens. The bill threatens balance between risk and privacy and would provide intelligence agencies and police with more power. Allowing agencies such as CSIS and the RCMP to share information.

This comes on the heels of the federal government investing $75 million in the development of next-generation surveillance technology. The investment will support research and development of “new high-tech air, land and sea surveillance cameras and sensors that are essential to Canada’s defence, security, and search and rescue operations.”

Expert criticism of the bill is focused on the broad wording of what constitutes a national security threat, with many aboriginal and environmental groups worried that the law will place them within the confines of being considered a terrorist organization. Prime Minister Harper added that his government doesn’t “buy the argument that every time you protect Canadians, you take away their liberties.”

(Via Ottawa Citizen & CBC News)

Sony replaces it’s Music Unlimited service with Spotify

Spotfiy hits the Playstation 3 and 4 today, with a new app adapted for large television screens. Sony says partnering with Spotify expands its music service to 41 countries, rather than the 10 available with Music Unlimited, and offers better tools for playlists and music discovery.

Spotify says its worked closely with Sony to optimize its service for Playstation. Notable features include: the ability to listen to music while playing a game and still listening to sound effects, or automatically pausing the game while changing volume or playlists.

(Via CTV News)