As the public sphere increasingly embraces virtual spaces hosted by private companies, these companies assume a more significant role in shaping public discourse. What is the purpose of social media in a democracy? What is the role of public policy in addressing the rise of online hate and disinformation on social media and other online platforms? How can Canadian civil society promote the creation of common standards that protect free speech and public discourse?
Sam Andrey, Director of Policy and Research, Ryerson Leadership Lab
Akaash Maharaj, CEO of the Mosaic Institute
Gayle Nathanson, Associate Director of External Affairs, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
Dr. Borna Noureddin, Professor, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Moderator: Dr. Geoffrey Cameron, Director, Office of Public Affairs, Baha’i Community of Canada