International Perspectives on How Digital Technology Shapes Democracy – Join Us Next Friday at @RyersonU For a Lively Discussion with The Honorable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions & a Panel of International Experts Including @Gruzd From @SMLabTO

Digital technologies have transformed the politics of every nation in the world. The same tools that helped topple autocratic regimes just a few years ago are now used to spread misinformation and sow confusion and hate in democratic societies. The future of democracy will depend on those who can grasp the opportunities presented by technology while protecting citizens from new threats.

The Toronto branch of the Canadian International Council and the Ryerson Leadership Lab invite you to join this discussion. International experts on technology and democracy from Asia, the Middle East and North America, will explore the impact of digital technologies and social media platforms on democratic decision-making and political participation, in conversation with the federal cabinet minister charged with protecting Canada’s democratic institutions. The event will be moderated by Ben Rowswell, President and Research Director, Canadian International Council.


The Honorable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions

Wael Ghonim, Senior fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard University

Miranda Bogen, Senior Policy Analyst at Ypturn

Anatoliy Gruzd,Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and the Director of Research at the Social Media Lab.

The event is free to Ryerson Student. You can get information and register for this event via Eventbrite, seating is limited.