Symposium | AI in the City : Building Civic Engagement and Public Trust

Thursday, February 10, 2022 09:30to14:15
Promotional poster for AI in the City: Building Civic Engagement and Public Trust

How can we, as members of academia and civil society, make a difference in the way artificial intelligence (AI) is being procured, deployed, and used? Can trustworthy technology be created when there is no institutional trust?

CIRM’s AI in the City: Building Civic Engagement and Public Trust Symposium will be a day of discussions on what civic engagement and public trust in the era of artificial intelligence (AI) can look like in cities. It will be an opportunity to consolidate a network of multidisciplinary scholars, activists, and practitioners involved in a diverse range of initiatives, from research to advocacy, and map strategies to take this agenda forward. Bringing in local, national and global discourses, this symposium will explore questions related to trustworthy technology, participation in AI, digital rights, data ethics, algorithmic impact assessments, and tech policy in urban spaces.  


Organized and moderated by: 

  • Ana Brandusescu PhD Student, McGill University; 2019-2021 McConnell Professor of Practice, CIRM 

  • Jess Reia Assistant Professor, School of Data Science, University of Virginia; 2020-2021 BMO Fellow, CIRM


Panel 1: Public trust and AI  

09:30 - 10:45 AM



Panel 2: Meaningful civic engagement with data and AI 

1:00 – 2:45 PM 


Where: Zoom  

When: February 10

This event will be held in English. Registration is required to access the login links. 



Meaningful Civic Engagement with Data and AI  


This event has been made possible thanks to the funding of the McConnell Foundation, BMO and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as through the institutional support of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal (CIRM) and the  University of Virginia’s School of Data Science.

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