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The concerning e-volution of Canadian elections

By Wayne Pajunen      

Our online activity is accessible, profiled, and used to influence democratic elections. What are we doing about it?

When Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould presented the report Cyber Threats to Canada’s Democratic Process, it warned of the ability of 'adversaries to use cyber capabilities and other methods to inject disinformation and propaganda into the media and influence voters.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Twenty-first century life has devolved into a predicted dystopia as “the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end,” to quote George Orwell’s 1984. Online visits to Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and most every other company or service facilitates data collection being used to influence the democratic process. Using analytic algorithms or “data mining” stored Internet activity, a.k.a. “Big Data,” to interact with us, individually and

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