Ron Deibert: How technology is reshaping society

Join our virtual meet-up to hear from globally recognized Canadian technology expert, Ron Deibert, whose latest book and 2020 CBC Massey Lecture, Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society, lays out the problems we face in our always-on, always-connected digital society – and what we can do to fix them.

In the midst of a global pandemic when many of us are spending more time than ever online, Deibert warns that the internet, especially social media, is having an increasingly toxic influence on our lives.

Join us as we discuss the incredible influence and impact of the internet and social media on politics, the economy, the environment and democracy, and the role that all Canadians have to play in enabling a trusted internet.

Why participate?

#1 Hear from internationally renowned, Canadian tech expert: Ron Deibert, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto.

#2 Get rewarded: As a bonus, the first 100 CIRA members to sign in on January 27 will receive a free hard copy of Deibert's latest book, Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society.

#3 Get educated: Find out how we can be more vigilant and keep safe online. Learn how bad actors and authoritarian governments are using technology for surveillance and exploitation around the world. Pose your questions using our Social Q&A tool.

#4 Learn about the roles and responsibilities of all internet users: Plus, what is the Government of Canada doing to ensure that Canadian internet users and businesses will benefit from new rules, even as technology continues to evolve?




Participating by webcast

This year's first member event will be fully virtual. Please follow the instructions below ahead of the event to make sure you will be able to connect without technical issues.

The webcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. You will be able to login to the webcast starting at 12:30 p.m. ET. To ensure you don’t miss anything, please login a few minutes ahead of the event.

Webcast links and login information will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event. Registration is required to participate in this virtual event.

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Join us virtually

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Registration is required BUT it's free!