How a break at the pumps is a reverse carbon tax — and could make climate change worse | CBC
April 7, 2022 | As Canadians wait to hear Ottawa's spending plans in today's budget, there are conflicting views worldwide over whether countries should be producing more oil and gas to help Europe — or saving the world from climate change and leaving fossil fuels in the ground. Director Chris Ragan comments in this article from CBC News that believes governments have to be risk-takers by helping to stimulate investment in new climate friendly technology.
Supriya Dwivedi joins the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy as Director of Policy & Engagement
The Max Bell School's Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy is thrilled to announce that Supriya Dwivedi will be joining the Centre as its Director of Policy & Engagement.
War: The enemy of air, land, and sea | The McGill Tribune
April 5, 2022 | In this McGill Tribune article, Max Bell School director Chris Ragan comments on the relationship between war and climate change and expresses his belief that Putin's incursion into Ukraine will cause the West to seriously rethink its reliance on Russian oil and gas.
Government of Canada announces expert advisory group on online safety
March 30, 2022 | The Government of Canada will engage with an expert advisory group - including Professor Taylor Owen - to provide advice on a revised approach to combatting harmful online content.
Screen Time Podcast from the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy
March 25, 2022 | Screen Time podcast is an eight-episode podcast miniseries that explores the rapidly evolving relationship between kids and technology. Co-hosted by Max Bell School professor Taylor Owen, who also directs the School's Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, Catch up on the first three episodes:
‘Screen Time’: New TVO podcast guides us on technological revolution and children | Toronto Star
March 21, 2022 | Screen Time, a new podcast co-hosted by Taylor Owen of the Max Bell School's Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, delves into the relationship between kids and the rapidly changing digital world.
David Shribman: Ukraine's crisis is a tipping point for the world's democracies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 20, 2022 | In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Max Bell School professor David Shribman comments on the bravery of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the face of conflict that may prove a worrying harbinger for the fate of the world's democracies.
Andrew Potter: The Everything War | The Line
March 16, 2022 | Professor Andrew Potter breaks down the strange ways media is influencing and documenting the Russia-Ukraine conflict, from the livestreaming of an assault on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant; the hacking of Russian television by the Anonymous collective, which replaced the scheduled programming with pro-Ukrainian content; the White House briefing to Tik-Tok and YouTube influencers; and the the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, using his Twitter account to challenge Vlad
New podcast brings leading research on kids and tech to the mainstream
It’s one of the most pressing questions for researchers and families today: How are children affected by digital technology? Parents, caregivers, experts and policymakers are struggling to understand what’s best for kids online in an effort to keep up with the rapid pace and scale of technology. Screen Time is a new podcast where we search for answers to the biggest questions out there on kids and technology.
Plight of Ukrainian refugees should make us show more compassion to everyone fleeing | USA Today
March 4, 2022 | In an opinion piece for USA Today, MPP alumna Henna Hundal and her co-author write about global sympathies for all refugees. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine has drawn worldwide sympathy for Ukrainians. We need to be just as sympathetic to all fleeing violence and persecution."
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Putin’s war in Ukraine is the ultimate test for the UN | The Globe and Mail
March 3, 2022 | In an opinion piece for The Globe and Mail, Professor Jennifer Welsh discusses the crisis in Ukraine, calling them "moments of truth" for the relevance of international institutions like NATO and the UN.
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Why the no-fly zone won’t fly | The Hill Times
March 1, 2022 | For The Hill Times' Politics This Morning daily summary, director Chris Ragan explains the nuances of Canada and other G7 countries' plan on imports and barring foreign currency exchanges with Russia's central bank.
Andrew Potter: Who loves Canada? | The Line
February 28, 2022 | Andrew Potter writes for The Line: Left-wing nationalism tends to be a feature of post-colonial states, where the fight for independence or liberation from oppressors forms the nationalist narrative. Of all the incredible aspects of Ukraine’s David versus Goliath struggle against the Russian invasion, one of the most remarkable has been the strength of Ukrainian nationalism
Why don’t more women run for office? | iPolitics
February 1, 2022 | In this opinion piece for iPolitics, MPP alumnus Anil Wasif, along with co-author Maisha Kabir, examines the factors that contribute to the relatively low rates at which women run for office.
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Evaluating the state of the Platform Governance agenda | Schwartz Reisman Institute
February 11, 2022 | As part of the Schwartz Reisman Institute's Seminar Series, Max Bell School professor Taylor Owen delivered a presentation on the regulatory frameworks governments are putting in place to mitigate the potential negative impacts of digital ecosystems, including Big Tech social media platforms.