Gillian Hadfield

Reining in the tech: powerful technologies and society in the 21st century

May 5, 2021, 10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
Location: Main stage

Powerful technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are doing amazing things. They have the potential to help humanity and improve human well-being across the globe. But since tech is playing a bigger role in our lives every day, appropriate governance is urgently needed to ensure that the benefits of AI outweigh the risks of causing harm. Gillian Hadfield, director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society at the University of Toronto, will discuss her work on the governance, regulation and certification of AI, as well as the challenges facing jurisdictions around the world in keeping up with the pace of technological development.

About the speaker

Gillian Hadfield, B.A. (Hons.) Queens, J.D., M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Stanford, is Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto and holds the Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society. She is the inaugural Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Her current research is focused on innovative design for legal and regulatory systems for AI and other complex global technologies, computational models of human normative systems and working with machine learning researchers to build ML systems that understand and respond to human norms. Professor Hadfield is a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto and at the Center for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California Berkeley and Senior Policy Advisor at OpenAI in San Francisco. Her book Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy was published by Oxford University Press in 2017; a paperback edition with a new prologue on AI was published in 2020.

Professor Hadfield served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Southern California, New York University and the University of California Berkeley, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Columbia and Hastings College of Law. She was a 2006-07 and 2010-11 fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1993. She has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Agile Governance, Future Council for the Future of Technology, Values and Policy and Global Agenda Council for Justice. She served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Education and is an advisor to courts and several organizations and technology companies engaged in innovating new ways to make law smarter and more accessible.

Gillian Hadfield

Jesse Hirsh

Participatory cyber security and inclusive computing

May 6, 2021, 10:05 – 11:05 a.m.
Location: Main stage

The increasing complexity of our technological society reinforces the necessity for responsible and participatory cyber security practices. The stakes have never been higher and yet the number of incidents and data breaches continues to increase in severity and sensationalism. Part of the problem is that the average user is either alienated from, or lacks the necessary literacy, to follow current best practices. Yet, we can’t blame the victim/user. As information technology professionals, we need to step up and adapt our methods to increase our effectiveness. An excellent example is the rise of participatory design and inclusive computing. As values and methodologies, these concepts argue that rather than design tools for users, we should be designing and building tools with users. While bias in artificial intelligence is an obvious and important example of where this is currently being applied, cyber security is arguably just as important, and in need of immediate attention, or rather participation. In this session, we’ll explore participatory cyber security, inclusive computing, what it means and how it can be used by administrators and developers.

This session is sponsored by Aruba.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

About the speaker

Jesse Hirsh is based out of Lanark County, Ont. and has over 25 years of experience as a technology researcher, ethicist, public speaker, broadcaster and futurist. He produces media under the brand Metaviews and works with organizations to help them use technology strategically and responsibly. He has a Masters from Ryerson University in algorithmic media and his current work focuses on the governance and ethics of artificial intelligence, data protection and privacy.

Jesse is a digital fellow with the Canada School of Public Service’s Digital Academy. An avid (social) entrepreneur, Jesse operates the Academy of the Impossible, a peer-to-peer lifelong learning network and Ottawa Valley Smart Farms, an agricultural technology company.

Jesse Hirsh

Tania DeSa

The Power of Owning Your Value

May 6, 2021, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Main stage

In this high-energy talk, Tania will demystify the unwritten rules of the workplace, showing how diversity is the key to getting ahead and offering practical advice on how you can take action. Discover ways to embrace change, find your voice and become a stronger ally and champion to those around you. You will be inspired to leverage your talents, own your awesomeness and build social capital to take your career to the next level.

About the speaker

Tania DeSa is CEO of Desa Global Leadership Inc., an international leadership training and inclusion consulting firm whose mission is to inspire professionals to find voice and visibility in corporate workplaces so they feel more engaged and get promoted. Tania has travelled to over 80 countries and lived everywhere from China to Switzerland; she values cross-cultural stories and understands how to showcase who you are and why it matters in any environment. Leveraging her Master of Business Administration and corporate experience at organizations like the World Health Organization, Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson and working with Fortune 500 clients across five continents, she knows first-hand the power of bringing your whole self to work everyday.

Tania’s unique presentation style is a high-energy collaborative one where she asks powerful questions, offers strategic frameworks and brings in real-life stories to engage, educate and enlighten participants.

Tania Desa