Regent Debate: Be it Resolved that Governments Should Regulate Big Technology in the Public Interest
Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

Regent Debate: Be it Resolved that Governments Should Regulate Big Technology in the Public Interest

The C.D. Howe Institute is pleased to announce its third Regent Debate: Should Governments Regulate “Big Tech” to Protect Public Interest?

In the wake of Cambridge Analytica’s hijack of Facebook data and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, calls for oversight, governance, and accountability of the world’s largest tech titans have grown. Companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple are criticized for failing to protect privacy, preventing the spread of misinformation, and inhibiting competition. The other side argues against any “techlash” that would restrain the industry and stunt technological progress.

As the economic and cultural powers of Big Tech expand, is it time for more regulation? How do we balance public interest, while also encouraging innovation?

Arguing for:

JAMES COMEY, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2013-2017)

MELANIE AITKEN, Former Commissioner of the Competition Bureau of Canada

Arguing against:

DAVID PLOUFFE, Adviser to President Barack Obama (2011-2013)

ROBERT ATKINSON, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Register here or reserve your spot by emailing events@cdhowe.org.

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Regent Debate: Is Canada Facing an Existential Crisis in Competitiveness?
Nov
6
5:30 PM17:30

Regent Debate: Is Canada Facing an Existential Crisis in Competitiveness?

As the United States continues to roll out new tax and regulatory reforms, questions arise as to whether Canada will lag behind its southern neighbour. Low productivity and innovation rates, as well as declining private investment could dampen Canada’s appeal when attempting to attract investment. On the other hand, Canada is seen as economically stable, accessible and a safe harbour in choppy geopolitical waters.

Does Canada really have a competitiveness problem? Or are these stated concerns overblown?

Join our experts as they face-off on the critical proposition: Is Canada Facing an Existential Crisis in Competitiveness? The debate will be hosted at Toronto's National Club, with a special pre and post event wine reception. 

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Regent Debate: Should Western Democracies Establish a Universal Basic Income
Apr
11
5:00 PM17:00

Regent Debate: Should Western Democracies Establish a Universal Basic Income

The C.D. Howe Institute is delighted to announce the launch of The Regent Debate series with a cocktail reception - where experts will face-off on the critical question: "Should Western democracies, such as Canada, establish a universal basic income to help their citizens cope with the disruptive effect of new technologies and artificial intelligence?”

Post-Event Summary

The Institute’s Regent Debate series has been made possible through a generous donation by Aaron and Heather Regent.

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