What does it mean to be a citizen in Canada in a digital context? What are the implications of this digital setting for citizens and policy making? Scholars, activists, and policy makers examine, in Citizenship in a Connected Canada: A Research and Policy Agenda, what a connected society means for Canada.
This interdisciplinary edited collection brings together scholars, activists, and policy makers to build consensus around what a connected society means for Canada. The collection offers insight on the state of citizenship in a digital context in Canada and proposes a research and policy agenda for the way forward.
Part I examines the current landscape of digital civic participation and highlights some of the missing voices required to ensure an inclusive digital society. Part II explores the relationship between citizens and their political and democratic institutions, from government service delivery to academic and citizen engagement in policy making. Part III addresses key legal frameworks that need to be discussed and redesigned to allow for the building and strengthening of an inclusive society and democratic institutions.
This is a foundational resource for policy makers, students, and researchers interested in understanding citizenship in a digital context in Canada.
About the authors
Elizabeth Dubois (PhD, Oxford University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the Faculty of Arts, and Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. Recipient of the 2020 Faculty of Arts Early Researcher of the Year Award. Her work examines political uses of digital media, including media manipulation, citizen engagement, and artificial intelligence. She leads a multidisciplinary team that includes political scientists, computer scientists, and communication scholars. She is also a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum of Canada.
Florian Martin-Bariteau (LLD, Université de Montréal) is the University Research Chair in Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, where he is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, and the Director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. His research focuses on technology law, ethics, and policy, with a special interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, privacy, secrets, and whistleblowers. He is the recipient of the 2019 Common Law Section Emergent Researcher Award.
Jane Bailey is Full Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). Her research is focused on issues at the intersection of law, technology and equality. Her recent publications include eGirls, eCitizens, co-edited with Valerie Steeves (University of Ottawa Press, 2015).
Jacquelyn Burkell is Assistant Dean of Research and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on the empirical study of the interaction between people and technology. Her recent publications include Remembering Me: Big Data, Individual Identity, and the Psychological Necessity of Forgetting (Springer, 2016).
Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.
Dr. Geist has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law, is a nationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues for the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen, is the editor of Internet and E-commerce Law in Canada and the Canadian Privacy Law Review (Butterworths), and is the author of the textbook Internet Law in Canada (Captus Press), which is now in its third edition. He is the author of the popular BNA's Internet Law News and maintains a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.
Dr. Geist is actively involved in national Internet policy development and was a member of Canada's National Task Force on Spam. He has received numerous awards for his work, including Canarie's IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada, and he was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.
Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law at the University of Ottawa, where she is also a professor at the Faculty of Law. She is a founder and former editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology; author of Canadian Trademark Law (LexisNexis, 2010); co-author of Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada (CCH Canadian Ltd, 2012), which was the winner of the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize; and co-author of Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases, Notes and Materials (Emond Montgomery, 2013). She is also a co-editor of the recently published Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Irwin Law, 2014). She is a member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.
Leslie Regan Shade is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Valerie Steeves is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. She has spoken and written extensively on privacy. She is currently the principal investigator of the eGirls Project (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), which studies the performance of gender on social media, and the lead researcher for the Young Canadians in a Wired World research project (funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada).
- Short-listed, 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Political and Social Sciences
Excerpt: Citizenship in a Connected Canada: A Research and Policy Agenda (edited by Elizabeth Dubois & Florian Martin-Bariteau; contributions by Kent Aitken, Jane Bailey, Megan Beretta, Jacquelyn Burkell, Amanda Clarke, Alexander Dirksen, Michael Geist, Alfred Hermida, Mike Morden, Marina Pavlović, Jonathon W. Penney, Adelina Petit-Vouriot, Priscilla Regan, Teresa Scassa, Leslie Regan Shade, Valerie Steeves & Mary Lynn Young)
Citizenship has become digital. [...] We need to understand how to work towards a connected Canada that maximizes equitable access to information and communication technologies and boosts digital literacy. We must be cognizant of the need to mitigate risks and take advantage of persistent and pervasive connectivity in an increasingly open society.
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Law and the "Sharing Economy"
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The Copyright Pentalogy
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Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda
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