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Digital Policy Salon: The Next Frontier

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: The Next Frontier
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #29 • View online
Welcome to the 29th issue of the Digital Policy Salon.
This week, our policy updates range from the very large (space exploration) to the very small (bees), with plenty in between.
In our most recent work, we’ve been diving into the imperative for intelligent retail in Canada, as well as intellectual property in Canada’s startup landscape which is covered in our newly released white paper, Bolstering Growth: The Next Frontier for Canadian Startups. Additionally, in this week’s interview piece, we hear from the leaders of a consortium that is trailblazing Europe’s digital future.
If this week’s “what we’re reading” piece piques your interest, then be sure to join the Digital Think Tank’s own Dr. Peter Taillon in a virtual panel discussion on Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) technology and the technological and social impacts that may result from its broad deployment.
Enjoy this week’s issue!

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Canada signs on to the Artemis Accords, a common set of space exploration principles
Canada has joined the US, UK, Japan, and others in signing on to the Artemis Accords, “a common set of principles to govern the civil exploration and use of the moon, Mars, comets, and asteroids.” Among other things, the Accords ban secret launches, assert that all members must pitch in with astronaut emergencies, and require all space systems to be universal so that equipment is compatible internationally.
In other space news, the most recent launch to the International Space Station (ISS) took place yesterday and used a new “fast-track” approach. From lift-off on earth to arrival at the ISS, the trip took just three hours–about the same time as a flight from Ottawa to Calgary.
Biodiversity advocates warn that in order to be ecologically smart, some cities may need to rethink old bylaws
An ecology and urban planning professor at Ryerson University has decided to challenge a City of Toronto bylaw that, by preventing citizens from growing tall grass and weeds on their property, contradicts the city’s own biodiversity strategy.
With awareness-raising events like “No-Mow May,” biodiversity and pollinator advocates assert that longer lawns with diverse wild flowers can help support local bee populations.
The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Statista, releases new data on robot workers
The World Economic Forum and Satista have released new data on robot worker “density"–the number of robots per employee in various sectors. Globally, in the manufacturing sector, there are now 113 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees, up from 74 in 2017.
Robot density in Canada clocked in at 165 robots per 10,000 employees in 2019, compared with 228 in the US and 855 in South Korea.
Online platforms ramp up global efforts to curtail disinformation and weed out bot accounts
Facebook and Twitter have both introduced new measures to moderate certain content. Twitter is implementing measures to deamplify certain kinds of content and accounts, while Facebook has opted for an outright ban on specific kinds of content and groups.
In the lead up to the US election, Facebook will also introduce a new ban on political ads that seek to suppress voters or question the validity of the upcoming election. Mairead Matthews | email
Our Perspective
From Innovation to Imperative: Canadian Intelligent Retail and COVID-19
Special Events
Join Us For a Virtual Panel Discussion
Interviews in the Field
Multi-State and Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration
Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking
Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking
Alun Foster, Head of Plans and Dissemination for the ECSEL Joint Undertaking
Alun Foster, Head of Plans and Dissemination for the ECSEL Joint Undertaking
What We're Reading
Governments unveil details of $590M investment to help Ford Oakville plant make electric cars
Research Visualized
Immersive technologies come in many forms, from fantastical, other-worldly virtual reality experiences to apps that let you try on virtual glasses. This visual from our recent report Spanning the Virtual Frontier: Canada’s Immersive Technology Ecosystem points out the variety of use cases for such technologies. Further, it demonstrates that no one technology is uniquely appropriate for one use or industry. Rather, we see an evolving and innovative world of immersive tech unfolding.
Top use cases of AR, MR, and VR - Source: ICTC, 2020
Top use cases of AR, MR, and VR - Source: ICTC, 2020
Our Research
Bolstering Growth: The Next Frontier for Canadian Startups
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