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Along with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a U.S.-based think tank, they will run “activities on election interference and building international capacity.” The first such event is an online workshop with the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats on “multi-stakeholder information exchange and cooperation” later this week,” Corinne Havard, spokesperson for Privy Council President Dominic LeBlanc, told The Logic. The co-leads are still “in the process of finalizing our workplan for 2020-2021.” (The Logic)

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Talking point: The Paris Call, launched in November 2018, includes a series of high-level principles, including protecting internet infrastructure, intellectual property, democracy and setting international norms of responsible online behaviour. Ottawa’s leadership of the election section will include backing “the creation and the improvement of standards, norms and policies,” although Havard did not provide a specific deadline for those activities. The federal government has committed to a range of other high-level ideals in the digital realm, including tackling violent and extremist content online, as laid out in the Christchurch Call to Action in May 2019 and in its own domestically focused 10-point digital charter, launched the same month.

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Five hacker groups with ties to the Chinese government have been extracting data from Linux operating systems—used by most of the world’s web and cloud servers—for a decade, often going unnoticed, according to a new report from the firm. (CTV News)

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Talking point: The hacking campaigns sought to steal intellectual property the U.S. has deemed to be worth “multiple billions of dollars,” according to Eric Cornelius, BlackBerry’s chief product architect. He said the research highlights hacking tactics that the cybersecurity industry has missed in its focus on Windows breaches rather than Linux malware. The report into systemic cyber espionage comes as BlackBerry is increasingly focusing its efforts on cyber security offerings and software, away from producing mobile devices.

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The San Francisco-based fintech, which offers corporate credit cards for startups, has 40 employees in the city and is looking to expand further. The Vancouver office is its first international location. (The Logic)

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Talking point: Brex, which is valued at US$2.6 billion and backed by Y Combinator and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, is the latest U.S. tech firm to set up shop in Vancouver. Grammarly, Tile, Slalom, DataCloud International and Tigera all announced plans for new offices in the city last year, while Amazon and Microsoft have been expanding in the city for years. It’s not just U.S. firms: in January, Shopify said it’s looking to hire 1,000 people for its new office in the city. Brex is trying to compete directly with American Express by targeting new companies without the credit history to get a traditional corporate card, but the cash on hand to be able to pay regardless. The company has managed to grab enough of the market that American Express launched a similar product in October 2019. In Brex’s push to expand in Vancouver, it’ll also be up against Mastercard, which plans to create 270 jobs within the next nine years.

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TCL Communication will stop selling the devices in August 2020 and stop providing support for them in August 2022. BlackBerry did not reply to a request for comment regarding whether it intends to continue selling phones. (The Logic)

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Talking point: BlackBerry decided to stop making its own phones in 2016, instead licensing out the rights to TCL. At its peak, BlackBerry had about 20 per cent of the global phone market. Today, TCL has about one per cent. The partnership ends as TCL is planning the release of its first 5G phone, which is set to hit the U.S. and Canada in the second quarter of this year. BlackBerry, for its part, is increasingly focused on cybersecurity and autonomous-vehicle software; while it was founded in Canada, the leadership spearheading the company’s effort is now based in California, as my colleague Catherine reported in March 2019.