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Communication, Networks & Security

The considerable development and everyday use of information and communication technologies (ICT) – from cell phones to laptops, PDAs and so much more - has resulted in this sector having a major economic impact on Canada. In 2008, Industry Canada reported that ICT sector revenues reached $155.3B, an increase of 2.8% over 2007. In June 2008, Statistics Canada reported that over 73% of Canadians aged 16 years and up had used the internet in the previous 12 months. Similarly, nearly three-quarters of Canadian households indicated that they had at least one cell phone. As consumers continue to demand faster, smarter, smaller, cheaper and more secure technologies, MITACS projects on quantum computing, enhancing privacy, optimizing the flow of information on the internet and much more rise to meet these challenges.