Please join MP Joyce Murray at her MP Breakfast Connections on Friday, October 12th, with guest speaker and digital media and journalism expert Dr. Taylor Owen: “Does the Internet threaten Canada’s democracy?”
In the age of foreign powers hijacking elections and “fake news,” social media and other forms of digital communications has fundamentally altered how democratic societies exchange and discuss politics in the media and in public. While some argue that it enforces existing echo chambers, others say it makes civic participation more accessible and democratic. How is Canadian democracy threatened in the digital age? How does digitalization affect Canadian journalism? What are some solutions, and what is the role voters and citizens in pursuing change?
Dr. Taylor Owen is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, and the founder and publisher of OpenCanada.org. Dr. Owen has advised federal ministers how the Canadian government could prevent the use of social media from manipulating election results, and spreading disinformation. His previous research studied the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism, and how information technology and international affairs intersect.
Join the conversation with MP Murray and Dr. Owen about the threats to democracy and objective journalism in a digital world, and the role we play in it.
October 12th, 2018
7:30 am – Registration + Buffet Breakfast
7:50 – 8:45 Speaker-Q and A
New Location: Aphrodite Restaurant – 3605 West 4th Ave. (map)
The cost of the breakfast is $25 / $10 for students.
(Cash only at the door)
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