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A clear view of our digital future? Digital and data governance for a just society

Concordia President's Speaker Series on Digital Futures with Teresa Scassa

Monday, March 9, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Teresa Scassa


This event is free



A Clear View of our Digital Future? Digital and Data Governance for a Just Society

Concordia President’s Speaker Series on Digital Futures with Teresa Scassa

Concordia University is developing a digital strategy and has welcomed a diverse group of thought leaders to the university as part of the Concordia President’s Speaker Series on Digital Futures.

This speaker series will help to spark conversations and reflections in an effort to develop a shared vision for Concordia’s digital futures.

On March 9, Teresa Scassa, a leading expert in digital and data governance, shared her insights on the rapid emergence of data-driven technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the enormous challenges they present for the development of digital and data governance to protect individuals while supporting innovation in the public interest.

Using the recent controversy over the creation and use of Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology as a departure point, Scassa’s talk unravels the multiple digital and data governance issues it raises. She explores what is being done (or not done) to address these issues, and asks what role individuals can play in building a just and fair digital society?

This event was free and open to the public. It was live-streamed at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre’s Salon O’Brien Family room (RF-130). After the talk, attendees were able to take part in the question and answer session remotely and in real time.

About Teresa Scassa

Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, where she is also a full professor at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Her interdisciplinary research approach informs her examination of the laws that shape data governance, including privacy, intellectual property and access to information laws.

Scassa is the author of numerous books and articles and has contributed to national and international debates and discussions around digital and data governance. She is the Chair of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council, a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for Waterfront Toronto.

In the past, she has served as a member of the External Advisory Committee to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and on the Canadian Government Advisory Panel on Open Government.

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