Digital Democracy 101: Understanding Technology’s Effect on Canada’s Democracy
Many Canadians actively use digital platforms without fully understanding the technology behind them and, crucially, how technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, social platform algorithms and others are altering Canadian political culture. Participation, the civility of political discourse and the basis of trust on which Canadian democracy and the economy depend have all been affected. Digital Democracy 101 aims to plug this gap and grow Canadians’ understanding of new digital technologies and their relationship with the democratic process.
The Digital Democracy 101 Lecture Series took place in Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal and explained three different digital technology topics: the attention economy, synthetic media and artificial intelligence. Each lecture was delivered by a subject matter expert and was tailored to a novice audience.
Digital Democracy 101: Understanding AI’s Effect on Canada’s DemocracyThursday March 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Concordia University, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV 2.260)
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 Ouimette, Head of…
Digital Democracy 101: Understanding Deepfakes and Synthetic Media’s Effect on Canada’s DemocracyWednesday March 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dalhousie University, MacDonald Building, University Hall
Discover how you cannot always believe what you see on digital platforms - thanks to new technology that can create fake photos and videos that look very, very real -…
Digital Democracy 101: Understanding the Attention Economy’s Effect on Canada’s DemocracyMonday March 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. SFU Vancouver Harbour Centre
Discover the unseen forces on digital platforms that can affect what information you see – and what you don’t - in this free lecture by Carl Miller, Research Director at Demos.…