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Our Social Dilemma: Confronting Online Harms in Canada (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
October 29, 2021

Social media has in many ways become the new public square, where Canadians connect with friends and family and engage in civic discourse. At the same time, the spread of online harms through social media — hate speech targeting marginalized groups and disinformation enabling extremism and conspiracy — pose significant risks to Canada’s social cohesion, public safety, and democracy.

On October 15th, the Ryerson Leadership Lab held a panel discussion and Q&A on the Government of Canada’s recent proposal for new legislation to address illegal online content, and what we should do to develop regulatory solutions while protecting the rights and freedoms of Canadians.

Panelists included:

  • Amira Elghawaby (Canadian Race Relations Foundation)
  • Emily Laidlaw (University of Calgary)
  • Raegan MacDonald (Mozilla Corporation)
  • Taylor Owen, Moderator (McGill University)

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