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technological disruption

Oct 02, 2018

What the rise of the trillion dollar tech company means for policymakers

October 2, 2018

The ascent of Amazon and Apple into the trillion dollar valuation club is a landmark corporate achievement. Together, these two firms are worth as much as the annual gross domestic products of Spain and Switzerland combined. But, beyond the accolades, what does the rise of these digital titans mean for policymakers? Read More

Aug 16, 2018

Inside the Black Blocks

August 16, 2018

A policymaker’s introduction to blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the “Internet of Value”

When Bitcoin was in the news earlier this year, little attention was paid to the blockchain technology that underpins it. This is unfortunate as blockchain’s emergence has important implications far beyond cryptocurrency. Our new report cuts through the hype to take an in-depth look at this technology, and analyze its promises and perils for Canadian governments. Read More

Aug 16, 2018

Q&A – Blockchain and Public Policy

August 16, 2018

What is blockchain and why is it important for citizens and governments? This Q&A summarizes the findings from Mowat’s Inside the Black Blocks: A policymaker’s introduction to blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the “Internet of Value”. Read More

Jul 30, 2018

Robots, Revenues & Responses

July 30, 2018

Ontario and the Future of Work

What effects might artificial intelligence, the sharing economy, and other disruptive technologies have on government revenues? A new Mowat Centre report examines how taxation systems based on residency are ill-suited for a digital, global economy. Read More

Mar 16, 2018

CBC Radio One interview: Lyft vs Uber

March 16, 2018

Lyft pulls into Ottawa. With another big ride-share company hitting the road, how do other transit options fare? And what does it all mean for how we move around this city? A look at what changes when there’s a shakeup in the sharing economy. Read More

Feb 20, 2018

Conversation: Automation and the future of work

February 20, 2018

New technologies may lead to millions of job losses in Canada and governments here are not as prepared for change as they are in other countries. Sunil Johal discusses automation and the future of work in Ontario. Read More

Jan 11, 2018

How soon will we see driverless cars?

January 11, 2018

Earlier this week the provincial government proposed changing the rules of it’s 10 year automated vehicle pilot project. How soon could Ontario drivers find themselves in driverless cars? Read More

Jan 03, 2018

Technology taking over the government

January 3, 2018

Technology will make today’s government obsolete. Sunil Johal, policy director at The Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto, says that this is a good thing. Read More

Nov 29, 2017

Technology will make government as we know it obsolete – and that’s a good thing

November 29, 2017

Tech advances should prompt government to radically increase efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services. Read More

Nov 13, 2017

Lyft ride-sharing service expanding to Toronto

November 13, 2017

Sunil Johal discusses the ramifications of the ride-share services’ expansion in Toronto. Read More