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‘Data, privacy, trade’: ministers tasked with AI file contending with fast, fundamental changes

By Mike Lapointe      

But public servants say the social impact on workers is not being properly taken into account as the use of artificial intelligence in government advances.

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry Navdeep Bains, left, and Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray, right. 'We are increasingly looking to utilize artificial intelligence to make or assist in making administrative decisions to improve service to Canadians,' said Ms. Murray. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

From new ice forecasting techniques that help improve shipping safety in northern waters, to new tools involved with the reclamation of ancient Indigenous languages, to social media “chatbots” that respond to general questions about immigration and citizenship, the Canadian government is increasingly turning toward automated tools to solve tough problems, improve predictions, and cut down on time consuming processes.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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