©2019 by Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Dr. Elizabeth Dubois 

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Dr. Elizabeth Dubois writes, speaks and teaches at the intersection of technology and politics. Technology critic meets advocate meets academic, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa and member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Her work examines digital media, influence and political engagement.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford where she completed a DPhil (PhD) in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences as well as an MSc in the Social Sciences of the Internet (distinction). Elizabeth also has a BA Hons. Specialization in Communication (summa cum laude) from the University of Ottawa. Elizabeth was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, Clarendon Fellow and Killam Fellow (Fulbright Canada).

Collaborating with non-profits, tech. companies, journalists and academics internationally, Elizabeth’s work is action oriented. From running an online survey that doubled as a voter information tool in the 2015 federal election to writing op-eds, she endeavors to make her work accessible and valuable in a public forum.

Dr. Taylor Owen 

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Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He was previously Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, and the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism, and has held research positions at Yale University, The London School of Economics and The International Peace Research Institute. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford and he has been a Trudeau and Banting scholar, an Action Canada and Public Policy Forum Fellow, the 2016 Public Policy Forum Emerging Leader, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and on the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


Dr. Taylor Owen at McGill University and Dr. Elizabeth Dubois at the University of Ottawa launched the Challenge in April 2019, in order to examine the ways digital media affects our elections. The challenge consisted of funding 18 different teams across Canada and abroad to study a diverse set of questions relating to the impacts of digital media on our elections.



This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada (http://www.canada.ca) through a History Fund Grant.


Adjudication committee:

Dr. Mike Ananny, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California

Camille François, Chief Innovation Officer, Graphika

Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society, University of Ottawa

Dr. Taylor Owen, Associate Professor, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University

Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa