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Digital Policy Salon: Tech for Good at Davos and Beyond

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: Tech for Good at Davos and Beyond
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #35 • View online
Welcome to the 35th issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
We’re excited to bring you content with global import this week as our team follows the events at the World Economic Forum’s Davos 2021 meeting. ICTC’s newest white paper offers five pillars for policy consideration at the #DavosAgenda, including a focus on building sustainable communities, reducing the digital divide, and strengthening inclusive digital learning opportunities. Our policy updates bring us back home to Canada with a snapshot of new data on population migration and intellectual property, while our weekly interview piece highlights a Canadian organization working to improve digital inclusivity in online education.
Responsible innovation and “tech for good” is both a key theme in Davos this year and the theme of our newest report. Responsible Innovation in Canada and Beyond answers the question “how can we improve the social impacts of technology?” for many different types of stakeholders, bringing together tools and case studies for ethical innovation.
Finally, we have not one, but four special events on the horizon: if you’re interested in accessibility and technology, smart mobility, human-machine collaboration, or Indigenous educational technology, be sure to reserve your spot now.
- Digital Think Tank by ICTC

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Montréal and Toronto experience record population loss to surrounding areas in first year of pandemic, but larger urbanization trend continues
New Statistics Canada data shows that more people are deciding to live outside of Canada’s biggest cities: from July 2019 to July 2020, Toronto and Montréal experienced record population loss (residents moving outside of the city).
Smart city and future-of-work experts may be interested to know that despite this, urbanization trends across Canada have continued, mostly due to international migration to Canada. Similar trends were discussed by speakers at the Davos 2021 conference, such as during the “Rethinking Cities for a Post-COVID Future” panel event.
January marks the third straight month of high-profile acquisitions of Canadian intellectual property
Canadian storytelling platform Wattpad has been sold to South Korean internet giant, Naver, for US $600 million. The deal came just two weeks after Blackberry reportedly sold 90 patents to Chinese telecom company Huawei, and two months after California software company Service now acquired Element AI.
Incoming US President reportedly ready to rejoin the international Paris Agreement on climate change; sustainability a core focus in Davos
US President Joe Biden is ready to rejoin the international Paris Agreement on climate change and restore US leadership in the fight against global warming. The US is the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter and Canada’s largest trading partner, making this welcome news for Canada’s cleantech and clean energy industries. Sustainability initiatives, such as “carbon markets,” “sustainable value chains,” and “financing the net-zero transition” have also been a core focus of the Davos 2021 Agenda.
Language a significant e-Commerce barrier for non-Anglophone business communities
Toronto student Della Zhang is working with the Chinatown Business Improvement Area to help local businesses establish digital marketing strategies: many have been unable to build web pages or set up business profiles on platforms like Facebook and Google. Zhang’s work highlights the unique barrier that language presents in the “mostly English-speaking world of e-commerce.”
Our Perspective
Shaping the Next Normal: Five Pillars for an Inclusive and Sustainable Digital Future
Special Events
Interviews in the Field
Accelerating Opportunity: Non-profit Technology and Innovation
Brock Warner - Fundraising Consultant, Brock Warner Consulting Services
Brock Warner - Fundraising Consultant, Brock Warner Consulting Services
Jason Shim - Director, Digital Strategy and Transformation, Pathways to Education Canada
Jason Shim - Director, Digital Strategy and Transformation, Pathways to Education Canada
What We're Reading
COVID-19 exposed the digital divide. Here's how we can close it
Research Visualized
Tech for Good takes many forms: the new ICTC report Responsible Innovation in Canada and Beyond discusses design methods for socially responsible technology and gets into several case studies of technologies that try to improve the impact of other tech solutions out there. Privacy-enhancing technologies, for example, are built into existing tech products to decrease privacy risks. Other tech for good solutions include open source alternatives to proprietary or exclusive tools, improving accessibility, tools for environmental remediation, and many others.
From "Responsible Innovation in Canada and Beyond: Understanding and Improving the Social Impacts of Technology"
From "Responsible Innovation in Canada and Beyond: Understanding and Improving the Social Impacts of Technology"
Our Research
Responsible Innovation in Canada and Beyond: Understanding and Improving the Social Impacts of Technology
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