Future students

In our next CPI Talk, our hosts Bessma Momani and Shelly Ghai Bajaj discuss how disinformation flows and spreads on direct messaging and private chat applications, why they are important digital spaces to study, and the broader political and social implications of disinformation.

Sirisha Rambhatla, an accomplished engineer, attended the College of Engineering (COER) in Roorkee, India, excelling in her studies and interning at prestigious institutions like IIT Roorkee and IIT Kanpur. Her passion for signal processing led her to the University of Minnesota for advanced studies under Dr. Jarvis Haupt. Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, she leads the Critical ML lab, addressing healthcare challenges with AI and ML models while advocating for privacy-conscious approaches.

A chat with Prof. Diogo Barradas about his academic journey, discussing a variety of topics including censorship, digital forensics, security testing, teaching at the University of Waterloo, and more.

We sat down for a conversation with Gautam Kamath, an assistant professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, about trust, privacy, and security surrounding machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) models.

The international and geopolitical landscape has become more volatile in recent years with the rise of populist nationalist leaders, a stagnating global economy, a renewed Cold War with Russia and China, and rising regional powers challenging long-held liberal norms.

The impact these forces are having on cybersecurity, technology supply chains, and energy systems, to name just a few domains, will continue to have significant disruptive impacts on business operations, customer relations, and executive decision-making.

In this webinar, Bessma Momani will dissect these and other related issues to help executives navigate this challenging new risk environment.

This virtual conference will focus on the latest developments in cybersecurity and privacy research, gaps hindering the collection of informative data, and the potential of big data generated through mobile and other devices, along with the use of AI methods in healthcare. Additionally, discussions will touch on issues surrounding public trust and its impact on government policy. Representatives from Health Canada and Statistics Canada will also provide observations on research and public policy and how to effectively move forward with research partnerships.

Digital disinformation presents a mounting threat to, and challenge for, liberal democracies. Global events like Brexit, electoral interference, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, have made the abstract threat of digital disinformation into a distinct reality. The shifting global balance of power, characterized by growing multipolarity, is unfolding alongside the expansion of tools, strategies, and spaces for adversarial states and non-state actors to expand their influence, disrupt multilateral diplomacy, threaten liberal democratic norms and values, and de-legitimize a rules-based global order. 

This interdisciplinary workshop will help to bring together awareness among the academic community, industry, civil society, and government, outlining and assessing the evolving threat of digital disinformation while also providing direction and guidance on how to protect liberal democracies like Canada from weaponized digital disinformation. 

Are you interested in how quantum computing is shaping all faces of the internet from global financial systems to social media? Or how it may effect cryptographic trust systems and communications? Then, come join the CQN Societal Impacts Winter Lecture: Quantum Internet Protocols event.

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.