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Canada needs post-pandemic digital, data strategy

By Keith Jansa and Alex Benay      

For Canada to compete in this new digital environment, our country needs to take seriously the consequences of COVID-19 on information technology, intellectual property, personal privacy, and international internet transactions. 

Over the past 20 weeks, Canada has been speedily and, even, involuntarily shifting from a knowledge-driven economy to a knowledge-dominated economy with information technology being our exclusive conduit to our communities. Photograph courtesy of Unsplash

COVID-19 has exposed many areas in which Canada was unprepared for the future, including in its digital enablement. A pandemic that has forced millions of Canadians inside and online has revealed the high cost of accepting a national economic ecosystem that neither promotes nor protects domestic innovation and information technology. 

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