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AI Futures Policy Lab: Montreal summary

This report provides a summary of the activities and content covered during the AI Futures Policy Lab hosted in Montreal, Quebec in partnership with CIFAR
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AI Futures Policy Lab: Montreal summary
​Sarah Villeneuve
Policy Analyst

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About the Report

On February 5, 2018, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) convened 29 emerging policymakers across different sectors in Montreal, Quebec. This event engaged early- to mid-career policymakers from the public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. The event in Montreal was the final in a series of five labs that CIFAR and BII+E have been hosting. With this work, our goals were to raise awareness of current AI capabilities and applications, increase the ability of policymakers to respond to AI developments, and contribute to early thinking on the future of AI policy in Canada. Combined with the previous engagements in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Ottawa, this series has brought together nearly 125 emerging policymakers. This series encouraged participants to apply collaborative brainstorming and critical thinking, while exploring current AI capabilities and applications in order to develop policy recommendations.

If you are interested in learning more about the AI Futures Policy Lab Series, please contact Sarah Villeneuve at sarah.villeneuve@ryerson.ca.

Read this report to help you:
  • Understand the design process needed to work past the hype around AI and encourage thoughtful discussions.
  • Acquire insight into discussions and early-stage policy recommendations of emerging policymakers in Montreal.

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Key Findings:

  • Policymakers recognize the need to build up AI literacy among the general public.
  • Stronger protection for our data should be developed and implemented to safeguard the privacy of users and mitigate misuse.
  • There is a strong desire within the policy community for continuous practical engagement with AI ethics and policy.