April 20, 2021–Canada’s Quantum Internet: Prospects and Perils

Quantum information science harnesses the strange properties of quantum physics to perform new kinds of communication and computation. A future internet that uses quantum networks and quantum computers has the potential to enable many new applications for governments and civil society. Canada has emerged as a leader in quantum information science, and academic and commercial labs are actively experimenting with quantum networks. Yet with any great technological promise there is also danger. Architects of the classical internet did not anticipate the crises of disinformation, cybersecurity, and surveillance that plague global networks. As we look toward a possible future quantum internet, what risks and challenges should we anticipate? How can Canada best position itself to take advantage of its own potential for innovation in quantum technology?

This panel brings together experts to discuss the political, economic, and scientific implications of quantum communications, for Canada and the world.


  • Francesco Bova—Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Anne Broadbent—Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa
  • Jon Lindsay—Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Christoph Simon—Professor and Associate Head, Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary

Main Sponsor: Innovation Policy Lab

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