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Canada wants your technology skills
Want to get away from the heat? Canada is making a play for high-skilled immigrants.
The country just launched a Global Skills Strategy visa program to make it easier for its companies to bring in foreign workers with specific technology or business skills.
The program lets firms have a position pre-approved and get visas within two weeks - a major contrast to the months-long U.S. visa process.
Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, told Axios that Canada wants to be open to ideas, open to trade, and “more importantly, we want to be open to people” in order for companies to grow.”
Bains stopped short of framing the program as a way to poach talent from Silicon Valley, instead saying that government is “open to whatever region has talent.”
UN report: Singapore leads the world for best cybersecurity strategies
Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defenses and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey shows.
The United States came second in the ITU's Global Cybersecurity Index, but many of the other highly rated countries were small or developing economies.
The rest of the top 10 were Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada. Russia ranked 11th. India was 25th, one place ahead of Germany, and China was 34th.
The crucial first step was to adopt a national security strategy, but 50 percent of countries have none, the survey said.
DeepMind goes to Alberta for AI talent
DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence company, is hiring three prominent computer scientists from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, to establish its first research facility outside the U.K.
As the race to develop ever more advanced machine learning capabilities accelerates, wealthy tech companies from Facebook to Uber have increasingly raided university computer science departments to gain an edge on rivals, a trend that troubles some academics who fear the brain drain is making it harder to train the next generation of researchers.
DeepMind is owned by Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. It is best known for developing AlphaGo, software that has beaten the world’s best players at the strategy game Go, an achievement considered a major milestone in computer science.
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