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Wednesday, May 30 • 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Digital Red Tape Program

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We’ve all got a supercomputer in our pockets, yet so many business and government processes are impeded by entrenched, obsolete technologies and administrative models. At the same time, some tech has moved ahead of our society’s ability to integrate it with our values and ideals.

How is ‘fake news’ even a thing? Trust and truth are in short supply. Faith in institutions is low. Government can’t keep up, but where else do we look for solutions when market outcomes don’t reflect our values?

The good news is that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We don’t have a tech problem, we have an implementation problem. A people problem. We have the tech to energize old institutions and give them a much-needed shot of transparency. The truth still matters; big tech just needs a reminder. Let’s give it to them.

1:30 - Marianne Harrison: Welcome

1:35 - Scott Totzke: Breaking (and Strengthening) Digital Trust: Quantum’s Effect on Cybersecurity

The quantum race is on. Tech giants and nation-states are investing billions of dollars in developing the world’s first large-scale quantum computer with the expectation that they’ll be able to solve some of today’s most pressing problems.
But with great possibilities comes an even more significant threat: A powerful enough quantum computer can break the very foundation of digital trust that we rely on every day to securely connect; whether that’s between people or between devices, such as in the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected cars.
In this T-Minus 5 presentation, cybersecurity expert Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder of ISARA Corporation, explores quantum’s effect on current security measures, the quantum-safe solution that’s ready today and how Canada's Quantum Valley is leading the way to create technologies that will seamlessly transition and strengthen the security ecosystem before the threat is realized.

1:40 - Hillary Hartley: Tech for Public Good

Digital makes government more accessible, bends the cost curve and creates better outcomes for individuals, organizations and society at large. Join Ontario's first Chief Digital Officer, Hillary Hartley, as she shares her reflections on designing and delivering simpler, faster, better services with people, across a people-first public organization, serving an increasingly diverse and digital population of almost 14 million individuals across the province.

Key topics covered will include recruiting talented, creative technologists and designers to serve the public good, and introducing user-centred design practices, open standards and digital leadership skills to bring about positive change for the public sector and the people of Ontario.
2:00 - Ted Livingston and  Russell Verbeeten: How cryptocurrency can help our inequality problem, 
Moderated by Rita Trichur
In today’s digital world, we have an online economy where people provide value to each other, but they aren’t compensated for it. Ordinary folks generate thousands of likes, retweets and vast data troves from browsing and searching, and yet all the money goes to deep-pocketed third parties.

Decentralization can solve this problem because cryptocurrency is about more than the Bitcoin bubble. Cryptocurrency can facilitate the exchange of value in the digital world, while bringing together a broad group of participants to create an ecosystem of digital services that prioritizes consumer experience and choice. The session is a dialogue between Kik CEO Ted Livingston, who recently launch the cryptocurrency, Kin, and cryptocurrency expert, Russell Verbeeten.

2:20 - Craig Silverman: The Golden Age of Media Manipulation

Every digital product or service can be gamed or exploited, and this is especially true of today’s media and information.

Whether it’s Russian trolls trying to create division in a democracy, marketers scheming to get the best reviews for their product, or criminals using a self-publishing platform to launder money, our media environment is more open to manipulation than ever before.

Craig Silverman, the reporter who brought fake news to the world’s attention, exposes the secrets of how this manipulation is being done online, and why entrepreneurs and technologists must plan for how their products could be used and abused.

2:50 - Neil Desai and Jad Saliba: Coding Alone – The Erosion of Social Capital Online and How We Can Revive It

The Internet has been a force for so much good for so many.  But it has also been a conduit for crime and despair. Money misappropriated through cybercrime makes headlines. We’re starting to learn more about how our trust is eroding online. What about the loss of innocence, is that next?
Jad Saliba and Neil Desai of Magnet Forensics will highlight how the perverse use of online platforms, marketplaces and other technologies have inadvertently contributed to the harm of vulnerable populations like children, immigrants, seniors and those suffering from mental illness.  They will provide their analysis on the erosion of social capital online and how its destabilizing our fundamental democratic values, specifically the rule of law, leaving lawmakers with little choice in the future but to lay down innovation-stifling digital red tape.        

Not to worry, they are glass half-full types and have ideas as to how leaders of technology companies can contribute to safer communities online while building-up their own social capital.

3:10 - Marianne Harrison: Closing Remarks

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Marianne Harrison

President and CEO, John Hancock
Marianne Harrison is President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock, the U.S. division of Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corporation and one of the largest life insurers and fastest- growing asset managers in the United States. She also serves on the boards of directors for... Read More →

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Neil Desai

Director, Corporate Affairs, Magnet Forensics
Neil Desai is an international development expert, academic and tech executive. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Development (Canada). He led a team providing strategic advice on policy, communications, grants totalling $3-billion annually, stakeholder... Read More →
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Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital Officer, Province of Ontario
Hillary Hartley’s mission is to deliver streamlined digital services for more than 14M users, or, as the Government of Ontario calls them, people and businesses.Previously, Hillary was the Deputy Executive Director of 18F, the U.S. government’s digital office, and a former Presidential... Read More →
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Ted Livingston

Founder and CEO, Kik
Ted Livingston is the founder and CEO of Kik, a chat network with millions of active users. Founded in 2009, Kik has raised $120.5 million from investors including Tencent and Union Square Ventures. The company recently launched a cryptocurrency called Kin and raised almost $100 million in a token distribution event. Ted maintains an active interest in the University of Waterloo’s Velocity Fund, a startup accelerator he conceived of and first funded... Read More →
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Jad Saliba

Founder and CTO, Magnet Forensics
Jad Saliba is former digital forensics investigator who left policing to develop software solutions that dramatically improve digital investigations. Saliba is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Magnet Forensics, a provider of tools that police and security agencies around... Read More →
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Craig Silverman

Fake News Expert, Media Editor, Buzzfeed
Have you heard of fake news? When Craig Silverman first used the term in 2014, little did he know it would be an inescapable buzzword on the lips of the President and anyone else who read the news in 2016.Craig Silverman is an award-winning author and journalist and one of the world’s... Read More →
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Scott Totzke

Co-Founder and CEO, ISARA Corporation
Scott Totzke is a senior information technology executive with global experience in telecommunications, security and privacy for government and enterprise markets. Totzke is Co-Founder and CEO of ISARA Corporation, a security solutions company specializing in “quantum-safe” cryptography for computer networks and applications.Prior to ISARA, Scott was Senior Vice President of Enterprise & Security at Huawei and Senior Vice President at BlackBerry, where he helped shape their security, regulato... Read More →
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Rita Trichur

Financial Services Editor, The Globe and Mail
Rita Trichur is an award-winning journalist, Financial Services Editor for The Globe and Mail and a Canadian business columnist for the Report on Business Magazine. As a reporter for the The Wall Street Journal in its Canada bureau, covered domestic banks and insurance companies from... Read More →
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Russell Verbeeten

Managing Director, Consensys Canada
As Managing Director for ConsenSys Canada, Russell Verbeeten is a foremost expert on blockchain and decentralized computing tech. ConsenSys is a global organization of technologists and entrepreneurs building applications based on Ethereum technology as well as offering labs, training and access to capital.With an under... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada