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FSN Seminar – Feb. 21

Impact of Advanced IT on the Governance of the State:

Summary Discussions of Workshop Findings

By Stephen Fanjoy & Peter MacKinnon

February 21, 2020 – DMS 7170

13:30 – 17:30


Update – The Impact of Advanced Information Technologies on the Governance of the State

This will be the 4 and final session in a workshop series addressing the topic of the Impact of Advanced Information Technologies on the Governance of the State.  The phrase ‘governance of the state’ is taken to be all forms of national governance structures ranging from autocracies to democracies.

Democratic and autocratic states are increasingly using advanced data and information technologies to monitor people in unprecedented ways.  Democracy is under threat.  Fake news and alternative facts are increasingly penetrating the public commons.  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 series is a consequence of two past Foresight seminars, namely Technology & Democracy on November 23, 2018 and The History & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities & Threats on December 14, 2018.  Both seminars raised issues that led to staging this Workshop series. 

The presenters will cover the workshop discussions to date and their synthesis of our collective findings   using visual tools along with comments on gaps and other issues arising.

The presentation materials for both seminars and the previous two workshops are available on the FSN website on the dates noted (


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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