Diversity of content in the digital age

Access to diverse content — including local news — is a central part of a resilient democracy. A healthy democracy requires its citizens to have access to reliable information and content from a wide range of views and perspectives. This in turn:

  • promotes healthy public conversation;
  • fosters social inclusion; and
  • encourages understanding between countries, cultures and communities.

Thanks to digital technologies, we are exposed to a great deal of content and information. Like other countries, Canada recognizes that while online platforms offer significant benefits, they can also have a negative impact on the presence and discoverability of diverse content, including Canadian content.

Filter bubbles, disinformation, new business models affecting remuneration are now mainstream issues. In the digital age, citizens risk being exposed to content that reflects fewer and more polarized points of view.

International engagement strategy

The Internet crosses all borders. To address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities created by digital technologies, it is necessary to work with a range of stakeholders, including civil society, the academic sector, digital platforms and other governments.

That is why the Government of Canada has developed a multi-stakeholder international engagement strategy to face these difficult issues:

  • How can we make the most of technology’s benefits?
  • How can we address the challenges that the digital age brings to access and discover local, regional and national content?
  • What are the impacts on Canadians, content creators and the democratic dialogue?

The engagement strategy will explore these questions to find answers.

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