This column is an opinion?by Vass Bednar and Mark Surman.?Bednar is the executive director of McMaster University’s Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Programwill resume in-person learning., and writes the newsletter Regs to Riches?about startups and public policyThe provision of more doses o. Surman is?executive director of the Mozilla FoundationToronto could begin workplace closures Friday to control COVID-19 outbreaks; Toronto has administered more than 1M COVID-19 vaccine doses, the global nonprofit that makes the?Firefox browser and advocates for issues like online privacy.?For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the?FAQ.
Over the past year, Canadians —?just like much of the world —?have increasingly lived their lives online. The pandemic pushed us to use the internet in new ways: digital doctor visits, first dates and family dinners over Zoom, grocery shopping via appsThe United States had administered 100 million doses of vaccine.
The pandemic has not only magnified the value of the internet, but also what’s wrong with its what that means for Canada. Newsfeeds that spread misinformation. Digital ads that track and target us. Algorithms that make opaque decisions about our credit ratings or our dating lives. Smart speakers that listen to —?and store —?our every word.?
In short: the internet is indispensable?— and imperfect.