Led by Ian Kerr, Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, Rich Sutton et Doina Precup, more than 200 members of the Canadian research community exhort the Prime Minister of Canada to join the international call to ban lethal autonomous weapons that remove meaningful human control in the deployment of lethal force. Canadians are invited to join the #BanKillerAI call, and sign the open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada!
Professor Ian Kerr, member of the Centre, has renewed his Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, bringing $1.5 million to uOttawa to develop Robotics and AI Law and Policy. His research will focus on the merger of humans and machines and the ethical, legal and social ramifications of this union.
Professor Teresa Scassa, member of the Centre, has been awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy. This Chair will allow her to continue her innovative research advancing knowledge and informing public policy-making on issues of the ownership, control, and transparency of information and data within the evolving context of the e-Society. With the Chair, she will earn $1.4 million over the next seven years.
Recently, the Canadian government’s consultation on reform to the Copyright Board of Canada closed with a plan for reform expected to be unveiled in the coming months. Professor Michael Geist, member of the Centre, and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) provided their recommendations on the consultations regarding options for reform to the Copyright Board.
On September 27, 2017, Prof Michael Geist, member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI).
Open AIR invites proposals for short-term research projects that address their research questions on African innovation through the lens of gender equality, empowerment of women and girls, and inclusion of marginalized communities. Researchers will conduct their projects while based at one or more of Open AIR’s institutional hubs in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cairo, Lagos, Abuja, and Ottawa.