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Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Virtual Information Session

Join Vass Bednar, the executive director of the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program as she answers common questions you may have about this innovative new program.
Feb 11, 2021

Can municipal broadband bridge the digital divide? [Metaviews]

Are municipalities in a position to help bridge the digital divide and lower Internet costs?
Feb 08, 2021

A policy practitioner with a passion for higher ed

MPP-Digital Society Executive Director Vass Bednar sits down for a candid conversation about her long-standing connection to McMaster, her journey into public policy and her curious choice of avatar.
Dec 18, 2020

Breaking up Facebook may not solve its greatest harms

Vass Bednar comments on a suit brought forward against Facebook Inc. to challenge the social-media giant’s “unchecked power over personal data and social interactions.”
Dec 14, 2020

#350 Loblaws Will Eat Us All [Canadaland]

The Westons might be Canada’s Jeff Bezos, argues Vass Bednar, and not just because they’re very rich.
Dec 06, 2020

A vaccine is coming, but the data is still viral [BetaKit]

MPP-DS Executive Director Vass Bednar joins BetaKits Black Swan podcast hosts Douglas Soltys and Rob Kenedi and co-panelist Joella Almeida for a conversation about the privacy implications of online flu shot registrations.
Dec 04, 2020

Shopify has a chance to prove big tech doesn’t have to be bad [The Toronto Star]

Shopify, now Canada’s most valuable company, is the shining star of the country’s innovation scene. The company’s revenue is on the rise and it has committed to sharing these gains with partners, lowering barriers to entrepreneurship and turning e-commerce into a force for good. As a socially responsible, high-growth global technology company, Shopify is out front.
Oct 04, 2020