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Digital Policy Salon: ICTC Horizon Digital Future Summit February 2022

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: ICTC Horizon Digital Future Summit February 2022
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #51 • View online
Welcome to the 51st issue of the Digital Policy Salon email briefing.
We have a big announcement this week: ICTC Horizon is public and will be a global, virtual summit happening in February 2022 with six content streams including the Future of Work, Trade and Investment, the Green Economy, and the Human Side of Technology. Registration has opened: visit the summit’s website to view guest speakers, save your place, and stay tuned for updates.
ICTC’s newest report, Benchmarking the Creative Technology Ecosystem in British Columbia, is out this week. The study highlights creative tech subsectors such as VFX and animation in BC, as well as opportunities for boosting talent development, recruitment, and retention. Internally, we think it’s the most beautifully designed report from our colleagues we’ve read yet.
Last but not least, we’d love to see you at either of our two upcoming events: a presentation on smart health and wellbeing in Canada on Monday Oct 25, and a panel on agricultural technology in Canada on Wednesday Oct 13. Reserve your spot today.
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

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Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Québec passes modern privacy legislation
The Québec National Assembly has passed new privacy legislation for the province of Québec. The Act became law on September 22nd and will be phased in over a three-year period until September 22, 2023. It brings Québec’s privacy legislation closer in line with the GDPR by establishing higher penalties, clearer regulations for cross-border transfers, and new rights for individuals, including data portability rights and the right to be forgotten.
Twitch.TV sees major hack and one of the most comprehensive online attacks to date
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, an anonymous hacker has leaked “the entirety of Twitch,” “to foster more disruption and competition in the online streaming space.” Among other things, the platform’s source code, proprietary software development kits, and user payout information has been made available for public download. Some reports suggest the leak also involved encrypted passwords, however this remains unclear to date. 
Social media giants facing global investigations into transparency, misinformation, mental health
The Senate Commerce Committee in the United States spent three hours on Tuesday questioning whistleblower Frances Haugen about the impact of social media platforms on young people. The hearing, titled, “Protecting Kids Online,” addressed polarization, misinformation, and mental health.
The lead rapporteur for the European Digital Services Act has called for updates to the EU’s platform regulations following the high-profile leak of internal Facebook documents. The documents, published by the Wall Street Journal, discuss misinformation and mental health harms related to the platform.
The Irish Data Protection Authority has concluded its three-year investigation into Whatsapp and finds that the social media company has contravened the GDPR, and will be subject to a €225 million fine. The decision is reportedly the largest penalty issued by the Data Protection Commission to date.
UK government launches first National AI Strategy
The UK government has launched the country’s first National AI Strategy. The ten-year plan, aimed at making Britain a “global AI superpower,” will enable better data availability in the wider economy; support AI skills research and labour force development; incorporate AI provisions into trade deals; and assess the UK’s semi-conductor supply chains and compute capacity. Canada’s Pan-Canadian AI Strategy is set to expand and receive further investment, and a recent report by ICTC discusses how new investments can prioritize commercialization, responsible AI, and inclusive economic growth.
UK Intellectual Property Office launches new “IP access” funding scheme for SMEs
The UKIPO launched a new funding program to help small and medium sized enterprises invest in their IP. The program, which provides £5,000 to eligible SMEs in the UK, supports various IP-related costs, including IP asset management, fees related to consulting or advice, and IP insurance and valuation. - Mairead Matthews
Our Perspective
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Research Visualized
Cross-Country AI Skills Penetration: top ten countries. Note: Average from 2015 to 2020 for a selection of countries with 100 000 LinkedIn members or more. The value represents the ratio between a country’s and the benchmark’s AI skills penetrations, controlling for occupations. Data source: “Cross-Country AI Skills Penetration,” 2021, OECD.AI Policy Observatory, https://oecd.ai/data-frompartners?selectedTab=AIJobsAndSkills
Cross-Country AI Skills Penetration: top ten countries. Note: Average from 2015 to 2020 for a selection of countries with 100 000 LinkedIn members or more. The value represents the ratio between a country’s and the benchmark’s AI skills penetrations, controlling for occupations. Data source: “Cross-Country AI Skills Penetration,” 2021, OECD.AI Policy Observatory, https://oecd.ai/data-frompartners?selectedTab=AIJobsAndSkills
A core aspect of supporting the Canadian AI ecosystem is to continue to build the Canadian AI talent pipeline. Doing so will involve both developing domestic talent and attracting and retaining international AI practitioners. Canada’s Budget 2021 acknowledged this dual pipeline, and provides funding for securing academic talent across the country via $162 million over ten years to be delivered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
The figure above illustrates Canada’s AI skills strengths when compared to other countries on a relative population basis. Although Canada is currently a global leader in this space, it is imperative to identify new and evolving competitive practices to attract and retain internationally trained AI talent. - Read the full study on Canada’s AI ecosystem here
Our Research
Benchmarking the Creative Technology Ecosystem in British Columbia
Twitter Highlights
Vancouver Economic
Expansion of the Innovator Skills Initiative program, in partnership with @InnovateBC, @MitacsCanada & @ICTC_CTIC, will provide more opportunities for people from under-represented groups across BC. Read more: https://t.co/ZvwJbfZ07S https://t.co/RjVv8HZ8Yr
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