Poster for The Uses of AI in Canadian Politics Presentation information


The AI + Society Initiative presents, in collaboration with in collaboration with the Pol Comm Tech Lab and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society:

From deep fakes to detecting disinformation or harassment to voting predictions and sentiment analysis, AI-enabled technologies are playing an increasing role in democratic election processes.

In this new live recording of the Wonks and War Rooms podcast, political communication expert Dr. Elizabeth Dubois will discuss with experts in the fields of politics, public policy, and new technologies to help break down how artificial intelligence is being deployed in Canadian political contexts.

This panel discussion is a live recording of the Wonks and War Rooms podcast in which the host, Professor Elizabeth Dubois, chats with political staffers, journalists, communications experts, lobbyists, activists and other political actors about the interface of politics and communications.

About the Guests

Samantha Bradshaw is an Assistant Professor at American University, a faculty member at the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology (CSINT), and a fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Her area of expertise is in the relationships between technology, politics, and power, and in particular how technology can enhance or constrain democracy.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is the Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser University and Director of the Digital Democracies Institute. She is the author of Discriminating Data: Correlation, Neighborhoods, and the New Politics of Recognition (MIT Press, 2021).

Suzie Dunn is an Assistant Law Professor at Dalhousie University, a Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Associate Member of University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society and PhD in Law Candidate under the supervision of Prof. Jane Bailey. Her research looks at the intersections of law, technology and equality, including deepfakes and digital impersonation.

Fenwick McKelvey is an Associate Professor in communication studies at Concordia University, and co-director of the Applied AI Institute. He also leads the Machine Agencies project at the Milieux Institute, and is author of Internet Daemons - Digital Communications Possessed (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).

Wendy H. Wong is Principal’s Research Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She specializes in global governance, emerging tech, human rights, and civil society. Her forthcoming book, We, the Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age, will be published by MIT Press in 2023.


Elizabeth Dubois is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, as well as the Research Chair in Politics, Communication and Technology at the University of Ottawa, and is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society. She is the director of the PolCommTech Lab, where she also hosts the Wonks and War Rooms podcast, and is a Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. 

The event will be audio recorded, and published as an episode of Wonks and War Rooms, a podcast produced by the PolCommTech Lab. 

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Date and time
Apr 3, 2023
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Format and location
This event will be in English only. The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.
General public
This is a free event, open to everyone.
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