Shauna Brail comments on Uber’s new safety features

In response to hundreds of sexual assault allegations and the murder of a woman who entered the car of a man posing as a driver, Uber has recently rolled out new safety features to better protect drivers and passengers. Shauna Brail comments on the new features in an article for

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October 7, 2019

Darius Ornston to speak about book at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Socio-Economics

If we believe that the small, open economies of Nordic Europe are paragons of good governance, why are they so prone to economic crisis? In Good Governance Gone Bad, Darius Ornston provides evidence that adapting flexibly to rapid, technological change and shifting patterns of economic competition may be a great virtue, but it does not prevent countries from making strikingly poor policy choices and suffering devastating results. Ornston demonstrates how small and large states alike can learn from the Nordic experience, providing a valuable corrective to uncritical praise for the “Nordic model.”

Find out more about Ornston’s book here.

June 27, 2019

Jon Lindsay on The Fourth Leg: Is the Enemy in the System?

Munk School professor Dr. Jon Lindsay speaks to Philip Reiner on nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) systems.

Listen to the podcast here.

June 24, 2019

Cyber Operations and Nuclear War

In this essay, Jon Lindsay argues that “As NC3 increasingly uses digital technologies to enhance efficiency and reliability, the cybersecurity of NC3 becomes a pressing concern. Adversaries have incentives to penetrate NC3 for intelligence in peacetime and for counterforce in wartime. Given the broad diffusion of cyber capabilities, furthermore, most nuclear weapon states also have some ability to do so, although the operational difficulties of gaining remote access to and covert control over NC3 cannot be overstated. Offensive cyber operations targeting NC3 introduce a number of underappreciated risks of organizational breakdown, decision making confusion, and rational miscalculation in a nuclear crisis.”

Read more here.

June 24, 2019

America’s Antitrust Movement

In its latest effort to confront the economic and political challenges presented by big technology companies, the US government is launching a suite of antitrust investigations and hearings focused on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Read more here.

June 24, 2019

David Wolfe among panel of experts appointed by Council of Canadian Academies

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has appointed a distinguished group to the Expert Panel on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility. David Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab, is among the panellists.

Read more about the CCA Expert Panel.

June 18, 2019

Shiri Breznitz among experts on Ontario intellectual property panel

Ontario’s government is launching an expert panel and online consultation on intellectual property to help protect made-in-Ontario ideas and create jobs and economic growth. Shiri Breznitz, associate professor at the Innovation Policy Lab, is among the panel experts.

Read more about the panel. 

May 17, 2019

Shauna Brail discusses Uber and Lyft’s investments public infrastructure

Shauna Brail, whose research focuses on ridesharing programs, was featured in Motherboard discussing Uber and Lyft’s investments in public infrastructure.

Read Brail’s comments in Lyft and Uber want to fund better roads…for Lyft and Uber on Motherboards’ website.

April 25, 2019

Dan Breznitz co-director of CIFAR Innovation, Equity, & The Future program

Innovation can promote economic growth and social and cultural well-being. : However, innovation is often conceived and implemented in a way that leads to unequal distribution of its benefits. The CIFAR Innovation, Equity, & The Future program takes a multidisciplinary and cross-national look at how, why, and when the benefits of innovation aren’t always broadly shared.

Read more about this program and Dan Breznitz’s role there as co-director.

April 8, 2019

Shauna Brail: Daily commute in Canada costing us time, money and good health

Innovation Policy Lab’s Shauna Brail did a series of interviews for CBC Radio across Canada about the recent Statistics Canada report Long commutes to work by car indicating that Canadians are spending more hours in their daily commute.

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March 5, 2019