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.