uToronto receives $9 M for Digital Public Square project

January 8, 2015

The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto will receive up to $9 M from the federal government to support the Digital Public Square Project. The Digital Public Square Project is an initiative that is intended to improve access to digital communications for people living in countries ruled by repressive regimes. With the new funding, the project will provide a digital space in which individuals who are unable to physically meet can hold dialogue with one another. “Canada believes that by harnessing new digital technologies to support freedom and democracy we can help give a voice to the voiceless. Through the Digital Public Square Project, the Munk School of Global Affairs will create open digital spaces to enable citizens to hold their governments to account in defending freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” said Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Janice Stein, former Director of the Munk School, will lead the project, which will also collaborate with private-sector partners from around the world. uToronto News