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Update on McMaster’s Snow Day Policy

It’s that time of year again: Snow season. That means it’s time for our community to get to know the university’s updated storm closure policy (officially known as the Storm Emergency Policy).
Dec 14, 2022

Join the MPP-DS Information Sessions!

Learn more about the MPP-DS, the first Canadian graduate degree offering of its kind to specialize in the implications of digital transformation for public policy and governance.
Oct 05, 2022

The MPP-DS welcomes Dr. Maria Gintova, Assistant Professor

The Master of Public Policy in Digital Society welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Maria Gintova!
Jul 14, 2022

First cohort of Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program graduates cross the stage at spring convocation

Last week, the first cohort of graduates of McMaster’s Master of Public Policy in Digital Society (MPPDS) attended their convocation ceremony.
Jun 24, 2022

Health Tech: The Politics and Policies of Remote Rehabilitation

This discussion considered how during the pandemic there has been a proliferation of new health technology initiatives that allow for remote rehabilitation outside of a formal clinic setting.
Apr 22, 2022

Provincial competition law needed to address the power of gig work platforms

Vasiliki Bednar of the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society and Robin Shaban of Carleton University were featured in the Conversation.
Mar 18, 2022

IRPP Event Announcement - Health tech: The politics and policies of remote rehabilitation

The Institute for Research on Public Policy is hosting a discussion that will explore how the pandemic has created a proliferation of new health technology initiatives that allow for remote rehabilitation outside of a formal clinic setting.
Mar 04, 2022

Student News *Flash* – Featuring the 2021- 2022 MPP-DS Students

The Master of Public Policy Program would like to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of our students. Read below to see what some of them are up to!
Feb 25, 2022

Majority of Canadians disagree with ‘freedom convoy’ on vaccine mandates and lockdowns

Most Canadians support government measures to help control the spread of COVID-19, according to a public opinion study. But they’re growing weary of the pandemic. Clifton van der Linden of McMaster University and Alexander G W Beyer of Simon Fraser University were featured in the Conversation.
Feb 04, 2022

Webinar: Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Info Session

Learn more about the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society with Executive Director, Vass Bednar.
Jan 19, 2022

Ethan Lou: Once a Bitcoin Miner - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:00PM – 8:00PM

ONLINE EVENT: What’s behind the recent rise in popularity of Bitcoin? And how do Wild West frontier myths help explain the appeal of cryptocurrencies?
Nov 17, 2021

Now hiring! Tenure-track appointment in the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is hiring a tenure-track professor to be cross-appointed with the Faculty of Social Science’s innovative new Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program.
Nov 15, 2021

Two Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Students have been awarded Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship

MPP-DS students Gloria Park and Angelo Mateo have been selected to participate in the 2021 Graduate Residency program, part of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.
Jul 09, 2021

Vass Bednar guest hosts Policy Speaking for the first of three episodes exploring technological change and the workplace.

This episode of Brave New Work examines the idea of ‘decent work’ and what it means to have a good job. It also explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated some trends in the workplace and why worker rights may be poorly understood and articulated.
Jun 03, 2021

MPPDS student Angelo Mateo and the My COVID Story team are amplifying stories of how COVID-19 is impacting Ontarians

A group of Canadians have come together to crowdsource experiences and reactions of real people during the pandemic in Ontario.
May 01, 2021

MPP-DS Collaborates with the Toronto Public Library to Launch Lecture Series

McMaster's Master of Public Policy in Digital Society is partnering with the Toronto Public Library on a 5-month lecture series, beginning in May 2021.
Apr 26, 2021

White Paper by Vass Bednar reviews the current state of competition policy in Canada

This paper begins by contextualizing the purpose and goal(s) of competition policy against recent antitrust events in response to the power of large, dominant tech firms like Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.
Apr 21, 2021

Op-ed by Vass Bednar explores the need to modernize Canada's competition laws

In this opinion editorial, the authors argue that the most urgent motivator for a comprehensive review of the Competition Act is that other competition authorities have no incentive to scrutinize issues related to digital dominance in our own backyard.
Apr 20, 2021

Op-ed by Vass Bednar explores Canada's current competition laws

This opinion editorial looks at three case studies to illustrate that Canada's competition laws are ill-equipped to respond to competition issues in a digital era.
Apr 09, 2021

Op-ed by Vass Bednar explores anti-competitive business practices in Canada

In an increasingly digital world, Canada is falling behind.
Apr 01, 2021

Algorithms are increasingly treating workers like robots. Canada needs policy to protect them.

An op-ed by Vass Bednar, the executive director of McMaster University’s master of public policy in digital society program. Originally published in the Globe & Mail on March 8, 2021.
Mar 09, 2021