Kontrol Energy Corp. Receives Federal Funding and Announces Production for Its BioCloud Technology

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / December 3, 2020 / Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR)(OTCQB:KNRLF)(FSE:1K8) (“Kontrol” or “Company“) is pleased to announce that the Company is in receipt of advisory services and up to $500,000 in research and development funding from National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to complete final commercialization and mass production requirements for its Covid-19 technology, the Kontrol BioCloudTM analyzer (“BioCloud analyzer” or “BioCloud“).

“This is another important accomplishment and milestone for Kontrol and represents the continuing advancement of the BioCloud technology,” says Paul Ghezzi, CEO Kontrol. “The focus of our BioCloud technology is to help create safe spaces for all as we collectively continue to face the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thankful for this support from NRC IRAP.”

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The Company has commenced initial production of BioCloud units for

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Google broke labor law by retaliating against workers, federal agency alleges

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Laurence Berland, who was fired from Google, at a rally last year.


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A federal agency on Wednesday alleged that Google broke US labor laws by surveilling, interrogating and firing employees who organized protests against the search giant, according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board.

The filing addresses the firings Google workers including Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers, who were terminated by the search giant last year after the company said they had violated its internal policies. The NLRB complaint, however, alleges some of those policies are unlawful and that Google illegally questioned its employees about “protected concerted activities.”

Google on Wednesday defended the action it took against employees. “We strongly support the rights our employees have in the workplace, and open discussion and respectful debate have

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The Technology 202: Biden could face a deadlocked Federal Communications Commission

The future balance of the agency largely hinges on a Republican push to confirm Trump’s nominee

Trump has tapped Nathan Simington, a Commerce Department aide who was very involved with the president’s efforts to crack down on tech companies to address alleged anti-conservative bias on social media. Republicans are racing against the clock to confirm Simington in a lame-duck congressional session in which there are many competing priorities. The Senate Commerce Committee will consider Simington’s nomination during a session tomorrow morning, according to the committee’s website. 

If confirmed to the five-person commission, Simington would join FCC commissioners Brendan Carr (R), Jessica Rosenworcel (D) and Geoffrey Starks (D). If Republicans retain control of the Senate, it could be difficult for Biden to nominate a tie-breaking Democratic commissioner to fill the fifth slot.

But expect major resistance from Democrats, who have been critical of Republicans’ efforts to use regulatory threats to

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What it takes to future-proof federal IT supply chains — FCW

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What it takes to future-proof federal IT supply chains

 

COVID-19 sent supply chains into shock and forced many organizations in both the private and public sectors to quickly recalibrate their operations in order to enhance security and ensure public safety. With little time to prepare only so much could be done to avert disruption. We witnessed doctors, nurses and medical staff on the frontlines of the fight face personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages for similar reasons that many high-profile data breaches occur. The operational and supply chain systems often forgotten behind the scenes were interrupted.

We have now advanced past that initial disruption. We have adapted, and things are getting better in security and the supply chain. Yet we still contend with the day-to-day reality of the pandemic, and agencies and organizations should ask themselves: how can we make our supply chains

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BC Tech closes Innovation Hub as federal funding expires

Earlier this week, the BC Tech Association announced the 26,000 square-foot BC Tech Innovation Hub is set to close at the end of November.

The hub was the association’s main physical outpost and housed regional startups. It was funded with a portion of the $10.4 million the federal government provided to BC Tech through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) in 2014. BC Tech’s CAIP money was spread across five years and ended in March 2019, following the government winding down the program.

“It feels like the innovation hub was really the heart of the community, and its loss is going to be challenging.”
– Jill Tipping, BC Tech

With the loss of its only physical space, the BC Tech Association has become a fully remote operation. The CEO of the BC Tech Association, Jill Tipping, told BetaKit the hub couldn’t be sustained without the federal government investment that

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Federal Spurt in Cloud Spending Will Extend Well Into the Future | Cloud Computing

The rapid expansion in the use of cloud technologies to support remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that the U.S. government’s increasingly high rate of cloud adoption will likely be sustained for the next several years.

In fact, 2020 was a “historic year” for federal cloud migration, according to Alex Rossino, senior principal research analyst at Deltek. Federal spending on cloud technology reached $6.8 billion in the 2020 federal fiscal year, more than double the level of 2017.

“I think that the federal market turned a corner in fiscal 2018 with the publication of the ‘Cloud Smart’ guidance. After that agencies began rapidly accelerating the migration of systems and use of SaaS capabilities. COVID-19 only added fuel to that fire,” Rossino told the E-Commerce Times.

“Cloud Smart” is a Trump administration initiative to modernize information technology and generate cloud migration at federal agencies with an emphasis on security

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State, federal antitrust lawsuits likely to challenge Facebook for buying rivals and weaponizing data

With the text-messaging service WhatsApp, in particular, Facebook had promised users that it would preserve the messaging company’s independence and strong privacy protections when it was purchased in 2014. It made the same commitment to regulators, who then gave a green light to the deal. But Facebook reversed course years later and has sought to integrate its users’ data with the social networking site’s other services, a controversial move that has raised fresh concerns given the tech giant’s past privacy mishaps.

Investigators also have eyed the way in which Facebook manages its vast trove of user data, and the policies it has in place that govern when and how third-party app developers and other companies can access it — setting up the potential, the three sources said, for forthcoming state and federal complaints to contend that Facebook weaponized its most valuable assets as a way to stamp out emerging rivals.

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Trump projects a rosy view on vaccines, while Biden blasts the federal coronavirus response.

President Trump made no mention Friday of the record surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as he spoke in the White House Rose Garden, where he offered a rosy assessment of the development of vaccine candidates.

Officials said that two vaccine candidates are under review for emergency use authorizations, from Pfizer and from Moderna, and that 20 million people could be vaccinated in December. The president declared that the vaccine could be available to most Americans by April, a time frame that’s seen as aspirational as opposed to definitive.

The optimistic view of the vaccine development was at odds with a near-complete ignoring of how rapidly the virus is surging. Only Vice President Mike Pence mentioned that cases are increasing. More than 163,000 new cases were announced nationwide on Thursday, yet another record, with more than 30 states reporting seven-day case records. Deaths, too, have been rising, with more than

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HHS releases federal HIT road map through 2025

HHS on Friday published a road map to coordinate federal health information technology goals over the next five years, with a focus on pushing forward the department’s vision of allowing patients to be able to download their own electronic health data using smartphone apps.

The federal health IT strategic plan, which spans 2020 to 2025 and includes four overarching objectives, is designed to align goals and help prioritize resources related to health IT and health data exchange across federal agencies. It updates a previous federal health IT plan, which ran 2015-2020 and was released in September 2015.

The draft plan outlines four goals: promoting health and wellness; enhancing care delivery; building a data-driven ecosystem to accelerate research and innovation; and better connecting healthcare services with health data. It suggests such broad strategies as encouraging new health IT developers to compete in the market by reducing financial and regulatory barriers; promoting

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Policy debate should move beyond federal incentives and requirements to adopt health IT

Despite significant investment in health information technology such as computerized health records and clinical decision support, leveraging the technology to improve the quality of care will require significant and sustained effort by health systems, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

In order to accelerate change, better mechanisms for creating and disseminating best practices are needed, in addition to providing advanced technical assistance to health systems, according to the analysis based on in-depth interviews with leaders from 24 health systems.

The study is published online by the journal Healthcare.

“Health systems are spending the most effort on foundational activities such as standardizing data and work processes that may not directly improve performance, but lay the groundwork for doing so,” said Robert S. Rudin, the study’s lead author and a senior information scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Our study findings

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