A&S scholars sharing their expertise in the media this week

November 20, 2020 by A&S News

From speculation about the accuracy of polls ahead of the U.S. election earlier this month, to the approval ratings of Canadian premiers during the COVID-19 pandemic, scholars from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Arts & Science are sharing their expertise on a variety of issues in the media.

Here’s some of what they had to say this week.

November 13, 2020

November 14, 2020

November 16, 2020

  • Kate Robertson, a research fellow at the Munk School’s Citizen Lab, discusses the RCMP’s use of digital surveillance tools to collect data on Canadians in The Tyee.
  • Lynette Ong, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Asian Institute at the Munk School, comments on how the extradition case of Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou detained in Canada and the fate two Canadians detained in China, might be affected by the election of Joe Biden in CBC News.
  • A Globe and Mail story about the continued use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons cites a new report co-authored by Criminology & Sociolegal Studies professor emeritus Anthony Doob.
  • Christopher Parsons, a senior research associate in the Citizen Lab at the Munk School, comments in a Globe and Mail story about the minimal use of the contact tracing app developed by the Government of Alberta.
  • Department of Political Science professor Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School, concludes his 2020 Massey Lectures for CBC Radio’s Ideas with a call for a reset on the internet and a commitment to construct a communications ecosystem that supports civil society and contributes to the betterment of the human condition.

November 18, 2020

  • Department of Anthropology assistant professor Bence Viola discusses the origins of modern humans in a Discover magazine story that examines whether or not their beginnings can be traced back to a single geographic location.
  • Matti Siemiatycki comments on the benefits of mixed-use urban developments that combine private sector real estate with public services in the Toronto Star (paywall), an approach he says that Toronto has done better than many other cities around the world.

November 19, 2020

  • Department of Political Science professor Nelson Wiseman comments on the approval ratings of various Canadian premiers throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in CityNews.