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COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Montreal, July 29, 2020

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19. Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing.

Published: 29 Jul 2020

Max Bell MPP student selected for research fellowship with the Canada West Foundation

The Policy Scholars program is welcoming three exceptional members of the Max Bell School MPP class of 2020 to complete research fellowships with prominent Canadian policy think tanks.

Published: 13 Jul 2020

Max Bell School partners with the C.D. Howe Institute for Policy Scholars Program

The Policy Scholars program provides Max Bell School MPP students with fellowships working in prominent Canadian policy organizations.

Published: 7 Jul 2020

The Institute for Research on Public Policy joins the Max Bell School Policy Scholars Program

Three Policy Scholars, selected from the Max Bell School MPP class of 2020, will receive research fellowships with prominent Canadian policy think tanks.

The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) has partnered with McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy as a participating organization in the Policy Scholars program, a series of new research fellowships awarded annually to promising Max Bell School Master of Public Policy (MPP) students.

Published: 2 Jul 2020

Max Bell School Partners launches Policy Scholars Program

Funded through a grant from the Max Bell Foundation, the Policy Scholars program provides Max Bell School MPP students with research fellowships at prominent Canadian policy organizations.

Published: 30 Jun 2020

Johns Hopkins SAIS and McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy launch cooperative degree program

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy have partnered to launch a cooperative degree program. This two-year program will enable students to earn a Master of Arts in International Affairs at SAIS Europe, the School’s European campus located in Bologna, Italy, and a Master of Public Policy from McGill University.

Published: 15 Jun 2020

A Rare Moment of Cross-Partisan Consensus: Elite and Public Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada | Canadian Journal of Political Science

April 16, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic has placed nearly unprecedented pressure on policymakers and citizens alike. Effectively containing the pandemic requires a societal consensus. However, a long line of research in political science has told us that polarization tends to occur on highly salient topics because partisans “follow the leader.” Elite consensus is thus essential to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

Published: 21 May 2020

New podcast launches to cover the impact of technology on our democracy during the 2019 Canadian federal election

Attention Control with Kevin Newman podcast released its first episodes this week, exploring digital media’s impact on the 2019 federal election.

Published: 5 Sep 2019

Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge Winners Announced

The Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge has awarded 18 Research Awards ranging from $3,000 to $75,000 to research teams from Canada and abroad. The Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge is a collaborative effort between Dr. Taylor Owen, Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University and Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and a Centre for Law, Technology and Society Faculty Member at the University of Ottawa. 

Published: 15 Aug 2019

Andrew Potter joins McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

August 14, 2019 | The Max Bell School of Public Policy is thrilled to announce that Andrew Potter has joined the School to support its teaching, outreach, research, and policy engagement activities.

Published: 14 Aug 2019

Remarks by Taylor Owen: International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy

Remarks by Taylor Owen, Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communication and Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University

May 27, 2019, Ottawa

Co-Chairs Zimmer and Collins, Committee Members;

Published: 28 May 2019

Digital Democracy Project to examine online disinformation

TORONTO, Nov 27, 2018 – Public Policy Forum President & CEO Edward Greenspon and recently appointed Max Bell School of Public Policy professor Taylor Owen announced the launch of a multi-year project to analyze and respond to the increasing amounts of disinformation and hate in the digital public sphere.

Published: 27 Nov 2018

Leading digital media scholar, Taylor Owen, appointed to McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

The Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University is excited to announce that leading scholar of media, technology and public policy, Taylor Owen, will be joining the Max Bell School in January 2019 as an Associate Professor and the holder of the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications. Taylor Owen’s research focuses on the policy and governance challenges created by the rapid changes to the digital media and technology environment.

Published: 6 Nov 2018

Policy & Data Science (PODS) Summer Program Showcase Event

Training a new generation of data-driven policy analysts to tackle Canada’s policy problems such as the cannabis black market, cyber-privacy, and long-term care policies.

MONTREAL - Earlier this summer, seven McGill Arts students – with little to no knowledge of programming, data science, or data analysis – were selected from a pool of 250 applicants for the Policy & Data Science (PODS) Summer Program running from June to August.

Published: 23 Aug 2018
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