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Bell Media Studios, in partnership with DAIS, has launched social media-first series SIDES*

Bell Media Studios, in partnership with DAIS, has launched social media-first series SIDES*. Each episode streams live on Twitter @Sides on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, featuring a rotating panel of six teen hosts exploring and debating topics from political upheaval and leading news stories, to entertainment scandals and life advice. SIDES* reached more than 45,000 viewers during its first-ever live stream on Oct. 11. Following the live broadcast, a one-hour episode of the show joins Much’s lineup Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET.

Stingray Digital Group has announced that that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted its request to initiate inter parties review (IPR) proceedings against Music Choice. The Pennsylvania-based multi-platform video and music network launched suit against Montreal-based Stingray earlier this year alleging infringement on patents its holds.

A sweep of a number of popular online apps used in Canadian classrooms by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has found that while many service providers are considering the needs of younger users when it comes to privacy, others are falling short. The OPC took part in the fifth annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep, working alongside the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office. More than two dozen educational apps targeted at children and youth were reviewed. As a result, the OPC has released a report outlining key takeaways for online educational services, as well as users. Among the report’s findings are that more than a third of the services didn’t seek consent from students or parents and many failed to make it easy – or even possible – to delete personal information no longer needed.

Facebook Canada has announced a new Canadian Election Integrity Initiative in the lead-up to the 2019 election. The initiative, designed specifically for Canada, responds to the Communications Security Establishment’s (CSE) recent cyber-threat assessment report. The first phase of the initiative will focus on a two-year digital news literacy partnership with MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy; the release of Facebook’s new Cyber Hygiene Guide and training program for federal political parties and politicians; and a new cyber threats crisis email line for politicians and political parties, in the event that their accounts are compromised.

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