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Digital Policy Salon: The Meryl Streep of Mathematics and a DPS Podcast Launch

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: The Meryl Streep of Mathematics and a DPS Podcast Launch
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #50 • View online
Welcome to the 50th issue of the Digital Policy Salon email briefing.
We’re glad to celebrate this milestone with our readers through the launch of a new podcast. With the modest goal of presenting ICTC research in a new way, we hope you enjoy as we record new episodes in the months to come.
This week’s policy update features groundbreaking research from Canada and around the globe on social media and political polarization, regulating synthetic data, and more. It also highlights post-election policy priorities for the digital economy. For a change of pace, don’t miss “what we’re reading,” a profile exploring the life and times of “the Meryl Streep of mathematics.”
In our perspective piece, we present the findings from a recent smart cities consultation in Winnipeg, and we have also opened registration for a similar event in Fredericton. Last but not least, don’t forget to check out an exciting upcoming panel on Agricultural Technology in Canada. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Government of Ontario publishes plan for digital ID projects
The Government of Ontario recently published new information about its approach to future digital ID projects. Included in the plan is the Ontario government’s digital ID vision, key principles that will guide the government’s work in this space, a technology roadmap, and relevant standards. Ontario’s Digital ID will use self-sovereign identity while layering in additional privacy features: consent, data minimization, and anonymity.
NYU report discusses disinformation and polarization online
The NYU Centre for Business and Human Rights published a report this month about the impact of social media platforms and online forums on disinformation and political polarization in the United States. According to the report, “social media platforms are not the main cause of rising partisan hatred, but use of these platforms intensifies divisiveness and thus contributes to its corrosive effects.” The report offers a series of recommendations for how the government and the social media industry can reduce polarization.
Ottawa-based synthetic data firm publishes white paper on regulating non-identifiable data
An Ottawa-based firm that focuses on synthetic data and other privacy enhancing technologies recently published a white paper about regulating non-identifiable data. While privacy legislation generally regulates the collection, storage, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information, there is less certainty regarding the use of non-identifiable information globally. The paper offers one perspective on how non-identifiable data could be regulated.
Startup Genome releases 2021 update to the global startup ecosystem report
Startup Genome, in collaboration with the Global Entrepreneurship Network has published the 2021 update to its Global Startup Ecosystem Report. The report ranks startup ecosystems around the world according to six factors: performance, funding, connectedness, market reach, knowledge, and talent. Three Canadian ecosystems made the report’s top 30 + runners-up list: Toronto-Waterloo, which ranked number 14, Vancouver, which ranked number 29, and Montreal, which ranked number 31.
With the election over, several key election promises will impact the digital economy
With the election now over, a number of election promises will impact the digital economy. Specifically, the Liberal party platform includes promises to:
  • (re)introduce legislation to reform the Broadcasting Act, implement the Digital Charter (and a made-in-Canada model for open banking), and modernize the tax system to account for digital giants
  • reform the SR&ED Program; establish a $75 million-a-year fund for colleges and universities to commercialize research and secure patent rights; establish a Canada Advanced Research Projects Agency; move forward with the Pan-Canadian AI and National Quantum Strategies
  • implement a range of clean and renewable energy, clean technology, and other green economy measures: tax credits, capital investments, a Border Carbon Adjustments, etc.
We Have a Podcast
Emergent Employment: Canadian Findings on the Future of Work by Digital Policy Salon
Our Perspective
Let’s Talk Smart Cities: The City of Winnipeg
Special Events
Farmer-Driven Innovation: Canada’s AgTech Future Tickets
Fredericton Smart Cities Community Event
What We're Reading
The Godmother of the Digital Image
Research Visualized
Figure from Onwards and Upwards: Digital Talent Outlook 2025, ICTC, p. 18
Figure from Onwards and Upwards: Digital Talent Outlook 2025, ICTC, p. 18
This figure from ICTC’s recent Digital Talent Outlook 2025 report examines the first wave of 2020 lockdowns in Canada. It highlights how lockdowns impacted lower wage workers more severely by plotting the drop in employment of various sectors during the first wave against the average wage in the sector. Workers in non-essential industries that suffered job losses tended to be from low wage sectors. For more analyses of the Canadian economy during the pandemic, as well as projections for the coming years, consult the full report.
Twitter Highlights
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