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Newsletter - November 2021

November 19, 2021

Source: MIGS


MIGS is excited to announce that Professor Liam Maloney has been appointed the inaugural John Lemieux Faculty Fellow at the institute. Read our announcement here.

MIGS is pleased to announce Nadia Trudel, Logan Bates, and George Tsagaroulis have been named the John Lemieux Student Fellows for the 2021/2022 academic year. Their bios are available on our website

MIGS is seeking a consultant to support the drafting of a strategic paper as part of the “Canadian Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism” project. Further information about this opportunity can be found  here.

Upcoming Events

22 November

MIGS is organizing a Twitter Spaces discussion with Benedict Rogers, Chief Executive and co-founder of Hong Kong Watch. Set up a reminder to join the discussion here.  

25 November 

MIGS’ Project Coordinator Marie Lamensch will speak at the Chaire Raoul Dandurand’s conference “Risques numériques et géoéconomiques dans un monde hyperconnecté.”

26 November

Marie Lamensch will deliver a course on digital authoritarianism for Global Affairs Canada and the Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains at UQÀM .

30 November - 3 December

MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews will speak at the Freedom Online Conference hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. You can register here

7 December

Kyle Matthews will speak at event focusing on Artificial Intelligence and disinformation organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Representative on Freedom of the Media. 

12 January

MIGS will host the 3rd virtual policy dialogue as part of the project ‘Canadian Taskforce to Combat Online Antisemitism’. This event will focus on developing a whole-of-society approach to building Canadian resiliency to online antisemitism. Confirmed speakers are Irwin Cotler (Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights and Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism), Michael Levitt (Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center), and Karel Fracapane (UNESCO). This event is invite only and space is limited, however if you wish to attend please send an email to

18 January

MIGS is organizing the last event of its series on digital authoritarianism supported by the US Embassy to Canada. The discussion titled “What's next? US-Canadian relationship to confront digital authoritarianism” will feature U.S. Consul General Ana Escrogima, David Kaye (clinical professor of law, University of California, and former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression), Chris Walker (VP for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy), Suzanne Nossel (Chief Executive Officer of PEN America), Ron Deibert (Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School, University of Toronto) and Inga Kristina Trauthig (Research Manager and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Media Engagement, University of Texas, and Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation). You can register for the event here.

Recent Events

27 October

To mark Media Literacy Week, MIGS, in collaboration with Habilo Media, hosted a panel discussion on the rise of online harassment of journalists. Speakers included Tristan Péloquin (La Presse), Christopher Curtis (Ricochet) and Mélanie Marquis (La Presse). Watch the discussion here.

MIGS organized a Twitter Space conversation with Simon Fraser University’s Darren Byler to discuss his new book “In the Camps: China's High-Tech Penal Colony.” 

28-29 October

Kyle Matthews, Marie Lamensch and Lauren Salim participated in United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate’s  virtual roundtable on ISIL trends and developments in Africa, which featured more than 30 participants from 10 Member States.

1 November

Distinguished Senior Fellow Roméo Dallaire participated in a Geneva Peace Week event co-organized by the Principles for Peace initiative and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. You can watch a recording of the participant’s dialogue here

3 November

Marie Lamensch participated in the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect’s annual consultation meetings.

8 November

Project Officer Lauren Salim attended the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s event, “Holocaust Distortion: Understanding a growing threat.” A recording of the event is available here

10 November

Marie Lamensch interviewed Jocelyn Coulon for the Canadian International Council. “Le Canada à la recherche d’une identité internationale” is available here.

12-13 November

Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire took part in the third meeting of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace in Geneva. 

Marie Lamensch attended a closed-door virtual event on AI Governance as part of the 2021 Paris Peace Forum.

15 November

MIGS Executive Director interviewed Ambassador David Malone for the Canadian International Council. “Canada-China Relations: A Discussion With David Mulroney” can be viewed here.

15-18 November

Kyle Matthews, Marie Lamensch, Lt-General Roméo Dallaire and MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler participated in Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC)’s fourth Global Meeting, which focused on “Strengthening national efforts to address hate speech, discrimination and prevent incitement."

16 November

Kyle Matthews gave a lecture, “The Global Failure in Protecting Syrians” to the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal. 

Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire took part in InterPeace’s event “Learning from People’s Experiences of Stabilisation” as part of the Rethinking Stability Initiative.

17 November

MIGS hosted the second virtual roundtable as part of the Canadian Taskforce to Combat Online Antisemitism, which focused on the role of social media companies in combating online antisemitism. Speakers included: Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi (Chief of the UNESCO Section for Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists), Peter Stern (Director, Content Policy Stakeholder Engagement at Facebook), Steve de Eyre, (Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs Canada at TikTok), Dr. Catherine Chatterley (Founding Director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism), Dr. Michael Geist (Law Professor at University of Ottawa), and Dr. Gunther Jikeli (Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor at the University of Indiana).

18 November

MIGS organized the 5th event of its series on digital authoritarianism supported by the US Embassy to Canada. “Russia and Iran’s Digital Authoritarian Playbook” featured Andrea Kendall-Taylor (Senior Fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security), Amin Saberi (Executive Director of Digital Impact Lab, Founder of CERTFA) and Alina Polyakova (CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis). You can view the event here.

In the Media

20 October

Marie Lamensch wrote an article for the Centre for International Governance Innovation titled  “Cyberspace Has Rules: It’s Time to Enforce Them.” 

Kyle Matthews and Lauren Salim wrote an op-ed in The Ottawa Citizen titled “How Canada can help fight online anti-Semitism”.

8 November

MIGS Fellow Dr. Ewelina Ochab was quoted in the LSE blog “Increasing Calls to Find Missing Yazidis”. 

9 November

MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler was quoted in The Hill's Holocaust Museum finds evidence of increasing Chinese repression of Uyghurs.”

10 November

Marie Lamensch was quoted in The Link’s “China’s genocide on Uyghur people: A parallel to Canada’s overlooked history” 

11 November

MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled "Allegations of mass killing of protesters by the Iranian Government under review".

16 November

MIGS Fellow Phil Gurski published articles on his blog including “Changing the language we use to describe terrorism does not make countering it any easier” and “When terrorists become rulers.”


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