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FSN Workshop – March 18

Update: Here are the slides:

PKM AI Summary Presentation for March 18th Workshop – as presented1

Impact of Advanced Information & Communications Technologies on the Governance of the State v2


Foresight Synergy Network Workshop

Impact of Advanced Information & Communications Technologies 

On the Governance of the State

Monday March 18, 2019

12:00 – 17:00

University of Ottawa
Telfer School of Management
 Desmarais Building Room 4165
55 Laurier Ave E



Democracy is under threat.  Fake news and alternative facts are increasingly penetrating the public commons.  Autocratic states are using advanced ICTs to monitor citizens in unprecedented ways.  Cyberspace is becoming an environment for nefarious actions by both state and non-state actors seeking many conflicting objectives ranging from eavesdropping and espionage to influencing public processes such as elections.

This workshop seeks to capture prescient views from participants as to this unfolding drama that is sweeping the world.  We will look out in three timeframes between now and 2100.

This workshop is a consequence of two past Foresight seminars, namely Technology & Democracy November 23rd and The History & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities & Threats on December 14th, which both raised issues that led to staging this Workshop.

The workshop will begin with a brief overview of the issue to be addressed.  This will be followed by a discussion about the structure and procedures for the Workshop such as working groups and selection of rapporteurs for a plenary session.

As the workshop will be based on a Foresight Methodology perspective, challenge questions will be posed along with suggested axes for developing a quadrant-type synthesis of working group views.  Following working group deliberations there will be a plenary session with each group presenting its views as per the format prescribed for the Workshop.  A follow-up Workshop will be held within a month or so to review and refine the scenarios with a view to crafting a document for wider circulation.

The Workshop will be facilitated by Stephen Fanjoy and Peter MacKinnon, the Nov and Dec speakers noted above.


Stephen Fanjoy is a management consultant, director, and interim executive to start-up entrepreneurs, specializing in business software, including significant experience in novel cybersecurity, medical device and data science solutions.

Steve has over two decades of experience in enterprise software, including executive and senior management roles in strategy, product management, marketing, analyst relations, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. He is an honours graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Business and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

Peter MacKinnon has a background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and academic; including affiliation with both Telfer and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

He is a pioneer in the commercialization of AI and today is actively involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI.  He has an extensive background on the forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive technologies and their impacts on society.

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