Traditional economic sectors like agriculture and mining are still crucial to Canada’s economic and social fabric—and they are undergoing a digital revolution.
The Canadian government is confident that innovations like the use of big data will drive economic growth and social well-being. But if the digitization of agriculture and mining is not governed properly, it could amplify economic divides in regions—making it as polarizing as it is empowering.
Democratic governments have a mandate to govern innovation-led societal shifts responsibly. But social scientists have not systematically determined the effects of digitization in traditional sectors like agriculture and mining, making responsible governance an impossible task.