Digital Democracy 101: Understanding AI’s Effect on Canada’s Democracy

Date & Time

Thursday March 14, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Concordia University, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV 2.260)
1515 St. Catherine W. Montreal, QC H3G 2W1

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Before you vote, learn more about AI & algorithms

Discover how social media algorithms can prevent you from hearing the whole story. In this free lecture, Philippe Beaudoin, Co-Founder and Senior Vice-President of Research Group and Marc-Etienne OuimetteHead of Public Policy & Government Relations at Element AI, explain how algorithms can choose the content you see online and create ‘filter bubbles’ that show you only items and opinions similar to your own interests.

Those beautiful shoes you wanted are suddenly appearing in all your Facebook ads. Coincidence? No – your favourite social media platforms and web browsers use algorithms, a form of artificial intelligence, to push ads and content to you based on what you’ve liked, clicked on or searched for. They also use your user data to push news and political views to you, which means you may only see one side of the story about your local candidate or political party.

Watch the highlights (only available in French)

Watch the recorded lecture (only available in French)

This is one of three free public lectures hosted by the Public Policy Forum and its partners that explain how our democracy is affected by the manipulation of information and trust on digital platforms. Get details on the other lectures in the Digital Democracy 101 series.

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