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Governance Innovation — Final Report

June 15, 2020

This report, a joint effort between the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, the School of Cities and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, stems from an initiative, launched in fall 2019, aimed at identifying, understanding,...

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Dark Basin: Uncovering a Massive Hack-For-Hire Operation

June 9, 2020

A new report by researchers at the Citizen Lab reveals an enormous hack-for-hire operation that has targeted thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions around the globe. Targets included advocacy groups, journalists, and lawyers, including organisations working on a campaign called...

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Collaborative Regional Governance: Lessons from Greater Manchester

June 4, 2020

In a new paper for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), Alan Harding, Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, describes the development of Greater Manchester’s primarily “bottom-up” form of regional governance. Read the report  ...

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Thinking Policy Through Migrant Domestic Workers’ Itineraries

May 25, 2020

Co-authored by Rachel Silvey, this article summarizes key findings from research on Indonesian and Filipino migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates to reflect on their implications for policy. Read the article.

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LESSONS IN RESILIENCE: CANADA’S DIGITAL MEDIA ECOSYSTEM AND THE 2019 ELECTION

May 20, 2020

The Digital Democracy Project is a joint initiative led by the Ottawa-based Public Policy Forum and the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. The project studied the media ecosystem in the run-up to and during Canada’s October...

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A Long-Term Economic Recovery Agenda for Ontario

May 20, 2020

Ontario has been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, and with it has come a severe disruption of the province’s public policy priorities. The Ontario government will need to focus on its own policy levers and the steps it can...

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The Narratives of this Crisis Will Shape the Future

May 8, 2020

How we move through and emerge from the current COVID-19 pandemic will depend in large part on the stories we tell about it. In this article, Carolyn Hughes Tuohy argues that the post-COVID world will be shaped by how the...

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The Making of the Modern Metropolis: Evidence from London

May 7, 2020

Using newly constructed spatially disaggregated data for London from 1801 to 1921, researchers Stephan Heblich, Stephen J Redding and Daniel Sturm show that the invention of the steam railway led to the first large-scale separation of workplace and residence. They...

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The Causes and Consequences of COVID-19 Misperceptions: Understanding the Role of News and Social Media

May 5, 2020

This paper investigates the relationship between media consumption, misinformation, and important attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Researchers, including the Munk School’s Eric Merkley and Peter Loewen, find that comparatively more misinformation circulates on social media platforms,...

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Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto: A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings

April 3, 2020

This Citizen Lab report examines the encryption that protects meetings in the popular Zoom teleconference app. We find that Zoom has “rolled their own” encryption scheme, which has significant weaknesses. In addition, we identify potential areas of concern in Zoom’s...

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