Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Online Safety
Child Online Safety
New Technologies and Risks to Online Security
Online Hate Speech and Rights of Vulnerable People
The Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University
Viet Vu, Manager, Economic Research, The Dais, Toronto Metropolitan University, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Targets: Online platform governance has the potential to enhance accountability and action regarding online discrimination and harassment directed at women (5.b) and along disability, racial, ethnic and religious grounds (10.2), as well as address the online abuse of children (16.2). Proposals to strengthen laws and develop new regulators advance the SDGs of developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions and strengthen national institutions to prevent violence and crime (16). Doing so must also advance and balance the ongoing access to information and protection of fundamental freedom, including freedom of speech and expression (16.10).
Presentation and Q&A
Canada is in the midst of a major overhaul to its Internet governance approach. It has introduced bills to rewrite its privacy law, regulate ‘high-impact’ AI systems, require digital ad registries, and compel more Canadian content on major streaming platforms. Another law has been proposed for a new regulator to tackle illegal content on online platforms, such as hate speech, violent content and sexual exploitation -- and some are already advocating to expand its scope to include disinformation and election manipulation. How are Canadians reacting to these moves to regulate the internet in the name of online safety? What can be learned from similar efforts around the globe? Hear and discuss results from a representative survey conducted annually over the last four years that shows Canadians remain worried about their online safety, have low trust in online platforms to fix things, and want additional action and accountability.
Background Paper: Survey of Online Harms in Canada https://dais.ca/reports/survey-of-online-harms-in-canada/