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Friday, November 9 • 9:15am - 10:00am
(45 min) Digital Futures: The Impact of Digital Threats to Democracy / Avenir numérique : les répercussions des menaces numériques sur la démocratie

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Organized by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Eloisa Martinez

An interactive and forward-looking series of four lightning talks, organized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), will highlight several key opportunities and challenges presented by the pervasive role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies in the daily lives of Canadian citizens within a globalized context. Speakers from across academic, public, community/not-for-profit and business sectors will explore with the audience the transformative impacts of technology related to digital threats to democracy. Following these presentations, a number of possible storylines will emerge based on the key digital trends under discussion. Audience members will be called upon to examine possible societal outcomes for a number of potential futures.

These lightening talks will frame a discussion on digital threats to democracy and the role of evidence- based policy making to address the associated risks and opportunities to democratic processes in the digital age. This session provides an excellent opportunity for cross-sectoral dialogue and insights related to policy implications on these critical issues with a view to imagining our digital futures.

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Ursula Gobel

Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Ursula Gobel was appointed associate vice-president, future challenges, at SSHRC in April 2014. In her role, she collaborates with the research community and partners across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to advance the social sciences and humanities contributions... Read More →

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Dr. Elizabeth F. Judge

Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Dr. Elizabeth F. Judge is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where shespecializes in intersections of law, technology, and policy.  She is a member of the Centre for Law,Technology and Society, and holds a cross appointment with the Department of... Read More →
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Barrie Kirk

Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE); President, Canadian Automated Vehicles Institute (CAVI)
Barrie Kirk, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence(CAVCOE) and the President of the newly-formed industry association the Canadian Automated VehiclesInstitute (CAVI). He has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.S... Read More →
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Norman Mendoza

Manager of Business and Technology Innovation, City of Edmonton
Norman Mendoza is the City of Edmonton’s Manager of Business and Technology Innovation. Since joining the City, Norman has been involved in advising City leadership on ways to transforming the architecture of the City’s IT capabilities to better meet citizen needs. In his role... Read More →
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Renee Sieber

Associate Professor, School of Environment & Department of Geography, McGill University
R. E. Sieber researches the use and value of information and communications technologies by marginalized communities, community based organizations, and social movement groups. Her current work concentrates on the potential use of geospatial machine learning algorithms and AI for... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am EST
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom