Women in Debate: Big Data & Elections. Has technology corrupted democracy?


WCTBC & SFU are pleased to host this popular event, based on the Oxford-style debates popularized by the podcast 'Intelligence Squared.'

About this Event

Every day, we see the effects of disruption and reinvention in the digital world. Fake news and misinformation spread at speed to intensify echo chambers. Citizens mobilize across platforms to hold their elected representatives publicly accountable. Social media and the Internet are both a call to action for societal change and a platform used by countries like Russia to interfere with elections.

Is it time for a digital revolution to keep democracy alive? Or are we at the point of no return?

Based on the Oxford-style debates popularized by the podcast 'Intelligence Squared,' the BC chapter of Women in Communications and Technology and Simon Fraser University’s Big Data Initiative bring you Women in Debate: Big Data and Elections.

Join leading women in the field as they debate: has technology corrupted democracy?


  • Shalaleh Rismani | Director and Executive Member, Open Roboethics Institute
  • Olivia Norton | Founder, Sanctuary.ai
  • Stéphanie Plante | Election consultant and former Executive Director with the International Commission of Jurists-Canada
  • Kayla Hilstob | PhD student in Communications, Simon Fraser University


Date: Wednesday, January 27th

Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM PST

Location: Zoom

This event is open to all!

Cost: $5 for non-members; free for WCT members using an exclusive promo code.

Please note: we have a limited number of sponsored tickets set aside for anyone for whom funds are an issue. If you would like to learn more, please email BC@wct-fct.com.

Thank you to Simon Fraser University's Big Data Initiative for sponsoring our Women in Debate event.


January 27th, 2021 12:00 PM through  1:00 PM
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