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Understanding vaccine hesitancy in Canada: attitudes, beliefs, and the information ecosystem

December 2020 | This new report by the Media Ecosystem Observatory looks into vaccine hesitancy in Canada in the lead-up to the development of a vaccine. Key findings included that 65% of Canadians intend to take a vaccine, and that the best opportunity to reach those who are unsure is to address important concerns around the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Published: 5 Jan 2021

Mind the gaps: Integrating Human Rights and sustainable development goals into evaluation practice

Max Bell School Professor Pearl Eliadis has authored the chapter Mind the Gaps: Integrating Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals into Evaluation Practice inThe Realpolitik of Evaluation, a recently published book edited by Markus Palenberg an Arne Paulson.

Published: 4 Jan 2021

Rethinking Quebec’s Support for Electric Vehicles

In this report for the Quebec government, our Director Christopher Ragan with the support of MPP students Matis Allali, Ruhee Ismail-Teja, Riad Katkhoda & Charlotte Reboul examine how terminating electric vehicle subsidies can strengthen Quebec's climate policy.

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Published: 11 Nov 2020

New Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy launched at McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

The Centre is McGill’s focal point on critical research and public debate about the role of media and emerging technologies in shaping democracy and public life

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Published: 20 Oct 2020

Reframing Canada’s Global Engagement: A Diagnostic of Key Trends and Sources of Influence

This report, co-authored by Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh, begins by summarizing a number of features of Canada’s population, economic power, and geographic and political position, which continue to call for international engagement.

Section Two then provides a strategic assessment of the current global environment and the most significant risks it poses to Canada’s interests and values.

Published: 8 Sep 2020

Reframing Canada’s Global Engagement: Ten Strategic Choices for Decision-Makers

The ten strategic questions set out in this report are based on a dialogue among a group of Canadian international policy experts co-chaired by Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh.

Published: 8 Sep 2020

Implications of a Moratorium on Public Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Canada | Tech Informed Policy

August 17, 2020 | Since the start of this year, there have been increasing calls for the Canadian government to impose a national moratorium on facial recognition technology. This demand arises from the possibility that law enforcement will use facial recognition to discriminate against certain demographics and worsen discrimination in the justice system.

Published: 26 Aug 2020

New report focuses on why invisible infrastructures are key to platform governance reform

A new report released by the Centre for Media, Technology, and Democracy — set to launch this September — outlines an infrastructural approach to social media platforms, and has much to add to the policy space around platform governance of harmful content online.

Published: 6 Aug 2020

A Rare Moment of Cross-Partisan Consensus: Elite and Public Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada | Canadian Journal of Political Science

April 16, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic has placed nearly unprecedented pressure on policymakers and citizens alike. Effectively containing the pandemic requires a societal consensus. However, a long line of research in political science has told us that polarization tends to occur on highly salient topics because partisans “follow the leader.” Elite consensus is thus essential to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

Published: 21 May 2020

The Causes and Consequences of COVID-19 Misperceptions: Understanding the Role of News and Social Media | OSF Preprints

May 4, 2020 | This research investigates the relationship between media consumption, misinformation, and important attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Professor Taylor Owen, co-author of this article, finds that comparatively more misinformation circulates on social media platforms, while traditional news media tend to reinforce public health recommendations like social distancing.

Published: 21 May 2020

Anti-intellectualism and Information Preferences during the COVID-19 Pandemic | OSF Preprints

May 14, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic necessitates widespread voluntary and sustained public compliance with expert-guided public health directives, like social or physical distancing. Understanding which citizens seek out and engage with expert messages regarding COVID-19 is thus of central importance. Anti-intellectualism - the generalized distrust of experts and intellectuals – is likely to be a dominant factor.

Published: 21 May 2020

Prospective Economic Costs Undermine Expectations of Social Distancing | OSF Preprints

May 20, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an extraordinary burden on governments and citizens alike. In order to contain the spread of the pandemic and limit its effect on health care systems, citizens have been asked to forego social and economic activity to protect others at a tremendous cost to themselves.

Published: 21 May 2020

New podcast launches to cover the impact of technology on our democracy during the 2019 Canadian federal election

Attention Control with Kevin Newman podcast released its first episodes this week, exploring digital media’s impact on the 2019 federal election.

Published: 5 Sep 2019

Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge Winners Announced

The Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge has awarded 18 Research Awards ranging from $3,000 to $75,000 to research teams from Canada and abroad. The Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge is a collaborative effort between Dr. Taylor Owen, Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University and Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and a Centre for Law, Technology and Society Faculty Member at the University of Ottawa. 

Published: 15 Aug 2019

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