Canada 150: Connected Canada

October 13-14, 2017 at the University of Ottawa

As Confederation turns 150, Connected Canada examined what it means to be a digital citizen in Canada today.

Connected 150 was a two-day conference that brought together leading experts in Internet culture and digital citizenship, including academics, government officials, policy-makers, members of think tanks, members of the private sector, and civil society groups. The conference fostered much-needed dialogue and established a research agenda across sectors and generations. Together, participants drafted a public research agenda that identifies what we need to know about digital citizens in order to inform good policy and foster strong institutions.

Plenary sessions discussed cross-cutting issues of Internet culture and digital literacy, while breakout sessions explore the theme of digital citizenship through issues that are top-of-mind in 2017 for academics and practitioners like:

  • Government service design
  • News and media literacy
  • Law and digital rights
  • Civic engagement

In addition to fostering discussion Connected Canada 150 keeps the momentum going by building a network of scholars, policy makers, and members of industry and civil society who are interested in this area.

Connected Canada is more than just a conference. It’s an opportunity to work together with experts in the field to create a unique and lasting output: a public research agenda for digital citizenship.

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The Team Behind Connected Canada 150


Elizabeth Dubois  

Critic, advocate, and academic, Elizabeth Dubois, Ph.D. can be found researching the triad of digital media, influence and politics as an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. A graduate of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, Elizabeth’s work is designed to understand how technology may be leveraged to increase democratic accountability and engagement. Collaborating with non-profit organizations, technology companies, journalists and academics internationally, Elizabeth’s work is action oriented. From running an online “Vote Savvy” survey that doubled as a voter information tool in the 2015 federal election to writing op-eds, she aims to make her work accessible. She also consults for technology companies and non-profit organizations. Elizabeth was a Clarendon Scholar (Oxford University Press) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She is currently a Public Policy Forum Fellow and adviser for Ottawa Civic Tech.

Florian Martin-Bariteau  

Florian Martin-Bariteau, LL.D., is an Assistant Professor of Law and Technology at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and the Director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, home of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. A developer and creative turned legal scholar, his research focuses on Technology and Innovation Law; with a special interest in Internet Policy, Privacy, Security, Blockchain, and Whistleblowers. A former Internet Policy Global Fellow at the Instituto de Technologia e Sociedade at Rio de Janeiro, Florian has appeared before the House of Commons on Canadians’ privacy and is a co-investigator of SERENE-RISC, the Canadian Smart Cybersecurity Network. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he was a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and at the Department of Computer Sciences (DIRO), Université de Montréal, as well as the Coordinator of OpenUM and the L.R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law.

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Jon Penney  

Stream Curator for Digital Identity and Privacy

Jonathon Penney, PhD, is a Canadian legal academic whose work has been covered nationally and internationally, including by the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Reuters International, LeMonde, Times of India, and Jerusalem Post, as well as by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept. A native of Halifax, he is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, this fall, a research associate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. A recent Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Jon holds a doctorate from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and studied law at Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and at Oxford as a Mackenzie King Scholar. His research, broadly speaking, concerns human rights, digital media, and IT law and policy, particularly where these areas intersect with privacy, censorship, and security.

Alfred Hermida  

Stream Curator for News and Media Literacy

Alfred Hermida Ph.D. is an award-winning author, online news pioneer and media scholar, with two decades of experience in digital journalism. He is an associate professor and director of the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, where his research explores the digital transformation of media, as well as social media and data journalism. He is author of Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters, winner of the 2015 National Business Book Award. In 2017, he co-founded and launched The Conversation Canada, a national media startup providing independent, high quality explanatory journalism. He was a BBC journalist for 16 years, including four as a correspondent in North Africa and the Middle East, and a founding editor of

Kent Aitken  

Stream Curator for Government Service Design

Kent Aitken joined the federal public service in 2009 to work in public policy, but keeps getting pulled towards roles that examine the systems in which policy gets made. He’s spent the last few years working on accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement to redefine the relationship between citizens and their government. He is currently the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum to study and advise on governance in the digital age. Kent contributes to the civil society and public administration communities by organizing events, writing about public service renewal, and working with organizations that bridge the gap between government and citizens.
He has a degree in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, a degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Economics from the University of London, U.K.

Megan Beretta  

Stream Curator for Citizen Engagement

Megan is a youth engagement activist, who has been interested in how youth engage on politics for the last six years. With a strong strand of digital government initiatives spanning her career in public service, not-for-profits, academia and government relations, Megan followed these signs, and helped co-found Ottawa Civic Tech in 2016. She is currently pursuing digital government challenges for the Canadian Government by working on engagement and outreach for The Canadian Digital Service. Megan recently graduated from a Joint Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Communications at The University of Ottawa. In the fall, she will begin her Masters in the Social Sciences of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute in the UK.


Celeste Côté  

Celeste Côté is a digital content strategist who’s passionate about civic participation, media literacy and the future of news. An alumna of uOttawa, she’s spent the past decade advising various non-profit organizations on communications and public engagement, particularly making complex information accessible to broad audiences. One of her favourite ways to do so is in 140 characters at a time on Twitter.

Virginie Jetté  

Virginie Jetté is passionate about communication, Internet policy, civic engagement and the ways in which technology can be used to improve democracy. A web developer, prior to law school, she used to work as a strategist for a marketing agency in Montreal. A graduate in law from the Université du Québec à Montréal, she is currently completing a Master of Laws in information Technology Law at the Université de Montréal, where she is also the Coordinator of OpenUM, a knowledge dissemination hub, and the L.R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law. In the Fall, she will be joining the University of Ottawa to begin her Ph.D. at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, focusing on Law, Technology and Privacy.


Amanda Clarke  

Amanda Clarke is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Her current research and writing spans digital government, public sector reform and civic technology. From 2010-2014, Amanda was a Trudeau Scholar, an Oxford University Press Clarendon Scholar, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Amanda completed a doctorate in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2014.

Sara Minaeian  

Usually sporting a full head of curls, Sara is often described as a story-teller and nerd with a lot of spunk. Sara is the co-founder and former director of the iVote-jeVote campaign ( and City Hall’s Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee ( With seven years of experience in community engagement, 22-year-old Sara has done research and communications work for the World Bank, Government of Canada and various non-profits. She is currently finishing her final year of studies in the Honours Bachelor in Political Science program at the University of Ottawa. She hopes to pursue further studies in a field that allows her to research media consumption habits, artificial intelligence and the Internet of things. In her spare time she enjoys running, kayaking, and oil painting.

Ellie Marshall  

Ellie Marshall is a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where she leads the Technology and Intellectual Property Group and Feminist Law Students’ Association. Ellie is also a research assistant at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, where she studies the ethics of artificial intelligence, digital inequality, freedom of speech, and Internet jurisdiction. Ellie has a Masters of Science from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where her research explored the impact of digital government on the disability community in Great Britain. Prior to graduate school, Ellie was an open government advocate at Open North in Montreal, QC.

Caitlin Myles  

Caitlin is a researcher and a specialist in civic engagement. As Director of Research at MASS LBP, Caitlin led project such as the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare in Canada, the City of Toronto’s community consultations around supervised injection services, and Canada Health Infoway’s Better Health Together Worskhop. Caitlin has an MSc from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where she wrote her thesis on HarassMap, a crowd-mapping application that enables women to report instances of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt. Previously, Caitlin worked at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, as an Aga Khan Foundation Canada Fellow in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and with microcredit recipients in the Dominican Republic. Caitlin also holds an MA in Economics from Western and a BSc in Physics and International Development Studies from McGill University.

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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