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What do Netflix movie recommendations have in common with how government is making big decisions?

March 29, 2017 | Mowat Centre As people share more and more information online, algorithms are increasingly used by public and private institutions to leverage that information and quickly analyze it with the aim of providing more efficient and optimal decision-making. Read More

What is a “sharing economy” anyway?

March 21, 2017 | Mowat Centre Statistics Canada recently reported that 2.7 million Canadians participated in the “sharing economy” between November 2015 and October 2016 – and spent $1.31 billion doing so. Read More

What to do about Airbnb? Four things Ontario should consider in the move to regulate home-sharing

March 3, 2017 | Mowat Centre The rapid growth of the sharing economy has quickly changed the face of several industries, including accommodation. Read More

Health care is about sharing risk. Federalism in Canada should be too.

February 22, 2017 | Mowat Centre Universal health care in Canada is strongly attached to Canadian values such as equity, fairness and solidarity. Read More

Technology is disrupting the energy sector. What does this mean for consumers and what should be done about it?

February 14, 2017 | Mowat Centre Technology is disrupting many economic sectors, from transportation to media – and the energy sector is not immune. Read More

Are you being served? Why government service standards matter

January 25, 2017 | Mowat Centre Governments are facing a crisis of public confidence across the western world. It’s a crisis that played an important role in political upheavals over the last year. Read More

The curious case of Boaty McBoatface: Why trust between publics and governments needs to flow both ways

January 17, 2017 | Mowat Centre The surprise election of Donald Trump as US President has left journalists scrambling for an explanation. Read More