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Public Policy Forum report warns of tech giants’ negative effects on democracy

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This morning, Public Policy Forum (PPF), a Canadian non-profit, released a report about online threats to democracy in Canada. It was prepared by Edward Greenspon, president and CEO, along with Taylor Owen, a UBC assistant professor of digital media and global affairs.

Why it matters: With the National Data Strategy Roundtable underway and the slow march to the federal election already beginning, the report is a window into the options available to policymakers concerned about digital governance and data privacy, and what could become an important election issue.

Global context: The past few months have resulted in a slew of reports and regulation looking at Big Tech’s role in our lives, including the Warner report in the U.S., the Denham report in the U.K. looking into data analytics in political campaigns, and GDPR regulations put forth in the EU.

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