Digital Ethics Workshop

2 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

Technology is moving fast, and governments are being forced to deal with challenging ethical issues as a result. Artificial intelligence, big data, user-centered design processes, and the increasing use of digital service delivery methods are all opening up radical new possibilities for governments while raising serious ethical considerations.

  • What types of new governance are needed as AI and machine learning are increasingly used in the public sector?
  • What will the impact be of new government policies, such as the TBS Directive on Automated Decision-Making which comes into force on April 1st?
  • How do public servants today balance the need for innovation and meeting citizen expectations while remaining guardians of the public interest and uphold their ethical responsibilities?

This workshop has been developed as a partnership between the IOG, Dr. Julie Paquette from the School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service of Saint Paul University, and digital government expert Ryan Androsoff (who leads our popular Digital Executive Leadership Program). This partnership has allowed us to put together this unique offering that brings both an academic understanding of the key ethical issues facing the adoption of disruptive technologies in government, along with a practical lens to explore what this means for public servants in their daily work.

The format for this course includes an evening guest speaker and dinner, followed by a full day of learning. We are welcoming Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council, as our evening speaker to talk about his organization's new national standard for automated decision systems. Saint Paul University and IOG's Ryan Androsoff will lead the full day workshop, which will include guest speakers from the Treasury Board Secretariat who will lead a hands-on exercise to help participants understand the federal government's Algorithmic Impact Assessment tool.

Watch: Ted Talk by Cathy O’Neil, author of “Weapons of Math Destruction”, exploring one of the themes of our workshop: the risks and ethical dilemmas posed by the rise of “Big Data” and algorithmic decision-making.

What you will gain

At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the ethical challenges raised by disruptive technologies
  • Analyze different codes of ethics related to using disruptive technologies
  • Develop innovative and ethical strategies cope with these challenges
  • Apply these strategies to the public service environment as it applies to user research, digital services, data analytics, or artificial intelligence.

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Executives, Policy, Programs, Service and IT working on digital

This course is aimed at executives, senior policy advisors and managers in policy and programs, service and IT areas who are working with digital or disruptive technology projects and want to better understand how to manage ethical issues in the digital age.

What's included

Expert facilitation, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee, a light breakfast, buffet lunch, and a special dinner and reception event.

Course fee(s)

$1350 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Group discounts

If you have more than two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or

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IOG Learning Lab
2 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

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