The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) recently released a report predicting election interference in Canada on a greater scale than our nation has ever seen. Dr. Joseph McQuade, Program Editor for the Centre for Disinformation Studies, and Benjamin Patterson, Program Editor for Cyber Security and Information Warfare, explain the domestic and global context for this recent warning.
Joseph McQuade is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, a branch of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. As a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, he completed his PhD in History in 2017. He is currently finishing the manuscript for a forthcoming book on colonial law and the origins of terrorism in India from the mid-19th century up until Indian independence in 1947. He has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of World History and History Compass, as well online platforms including The Conversation and open Democracy. His current research examines terrorism and counter-insurgency in postcolonial India and Myanmar (Burma) up to the present day. He teaches on topics including world history, South Asian studies, and global terrorism.
Benjamin Patterson is the co-founder of both the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association, a network to advocate NATO values to youth. The network has grown across Canada and was named as a priority for assisting NATO outreach by the incoming president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in her inaugural speech. He is also the co founder of the Voice of Ituri, a journalist assistance NGO that operated to help small journalists report ongoing conflicts in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern provinces, gaining mention by the UN radio in the country and developing a following of over 100,000 community members for their sponsored journalists. He has also acted as a consultant to NATO Public Diplomacy and the Atlantic Treaty Association International on NATO publicity efforts in Canada. He has published papers previously on hypersonic weaponry and regime instability in Kyrgyzstan and will be acting as the program editor for the Cyber Security and Information Warfare section of the NATO Association of Canada, and later for the Emerging Threats section.