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FSN Workshop – May 31

Foresight Synergy Network Workshop Part 3 of 3: Impact of Advanced Information & Communications Technologies on the Governance of the State


Friday, May 31, 2019

1:00 – 4:00 pm

University of Ottawa

Telfer School of Management

Desmarais Building Room 7170

55 Laurier Ave E


 At the 1st and 2nd Workshops on this topic, held March 18th and March 25th, participants developed a total of nine Foresight based scenarios over the specified timeframes, namely the Present to 2030, 2030 – 2050, 2050 – 2100, resulting in three scenarios for each.  
Based on a ‘working document about the scenarios’, which will be available [update – 3rd Workshop Guide on Advanced IT Implications to the Governance of the State v5 with biblio] a few days before the Workshop.  The first objective of this Workshop will be to examine the noted scenarios with a view to prioritizing each scenario through the collective views of the participants. The the second objective will be to hone the scenarios down to one for each timeframe.
As noted in the previous Workshops, democracy is under threat and information and communications technologies (ICT) are increasingly its advisaries the weapon of choice. 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 and referanda.
The final goal will be a report built on the input document that will incorporate the output of this Workshop and follow-up consultations with participants.
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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