Summary of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) - May 12, 2021

Held via Videoconference

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National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Public Safety Canada (PS), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Department of National Defence (DND).


Meeting Summary:

The eleventh virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on May 12, 2021, on the theme “Connecting with Diverse Communities: Enhancing How National Security Organizations Engage, Build Trust, and Evaluate Success – Part One”. During the first session of the meeting, the NS-TAG discussed the finalization and publication of their second report, as well as potential outreach activities they could undertake to engage external and internal stakeholders once the report is published. Finally, a member offered to possibly organize an informal meeting in June to discuss lessons learned. During the second session, the first guest speaker discussed the use of Clearview Artificial Intelligence (AI) by the RCMP and the challenges that presented, as well as presented the newly formed National Technologies On Boarding Program (NTOP). The second guest speaker presented the NSICOP Study of “Diversity and Inclusion in the Security and Intelligence Community”.

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