Our Social Dilemma: Confronting Online Harms in Canada

Join experts for a panel discussion and Q&A on Canada’s proposed new legislation to address illegal and harmful content on social media.




Social media has in many ways become the new public square, where most 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 Friday, October 15th from 1:00 – 2:15pm (ET), join us for a virtual 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.

Our expert panelists are:

Amira Elghawaby, Director of Programs, Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law and Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Raegan MacDonald, Director of Global Public Policy, Mozilla Corporation

Taylor Owen (Moderator), Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Director and Founder, The Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, McGill University

The event will kick off with an introduction to the Cybersecure Policy Exchange’s new report, Rebuilding Canada’s Public Square, responding to the Government’s proposal and releasing the results of a new survey of 2,500 Canadians on the experiences and perspectives of Canadians on social media.

This event is co-hosted by the Cybersecure Policy Exchange, an initiative of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and the Ryerson Leadership Lab, as well as the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill University.

The event is finished.


Oct 15 2021


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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