Carmi Levy“Money & Morals: Ringing the Alarm on Harmful Tech. Can SMEs Make A Difference?”

Moderator: Carmi Levy, Canadian Technology Analyst and Journalist

Hosted & Sponsored By: Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP (see below)

CALL FOR ACTION! All SMEs should be aware of what Canada’s position is on BIG TECH and Social Media. Are you aware of C10 and the new Terms & Conditions proposed by CRTC? Millions of SMEs on sites like YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and hundreds of other services will be affected.

On the other hand we also know that a much larger discussion is required on how to deal with hate speech, misinformation, pornography, and all the “harmful” social media. Is it time to dig into “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly”

Join our World Experts including: Susan Crawford, Harvard Law & Author of “Fiber” and who served with President Obama as Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy; to Dr. Tai Neilson, who discusses Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code—a first of its kind Law to pay for content; to other Internet & Digital Activists & Journalists, and an SME who depends on social media for business growth.

This Plenary session will cover a range of topics including:

  • Is it time to Ring the Alarm on Harmful Tech?
  • What about small new startups that depend on Social Media?
  • What should we focus our attention on in making policy changes?
  • What about Australia’s “bargain code” as a policy?
  • What should the next generation of “net” look like?
  • What is the role of Social Media?  Should there be accountability for the spread of misinformation?
  • Should interests come before values? Should governments step in and start regulating?
  • Is attention the currency of the 21st century?
  • What is responsible Social Media and how to use it for the benefit of all? How should it shift?
  • Should Social Media be publicly owned?
  • How can Social Media abide by rules and become safer? Is this possible?
  • How can we support entrepreneurship and new competition? Etc.

Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP is a Vancouver-based litigation boutique and its reputation in dispute resolution stems from its lawyers’ capabilities in complex corporate and commercial litigation. The firm has notable experience in corporate and commercial disputes, securities litigation, defamation law, and family law involving individuals with high net worth and complex asset structures. Headed by co-founders and partners Tom Hakemi and Lisa Ridgedale, the firm’s lawyers have experience advising clients in complex business disputes across several industry sectors including private equity and investments, financial services and banking, mining, resources, energy and infrastructure, construction, real estate, and retail and consumer markets. The firm’s lawyers resolve matters in all levels of court, and in front of regulatory bodies, tribunals, and arbitrators and mediators.

Over the past year, the firm has received several prestigious awards and rankings. Hakemi & Ridgedale was ranked by The Legal 500 as a 2021 Leading Firm in Dispute Resolution in British Columbia. HRLLP has been ranked by Benchmark Litigation 2021 as a recommended firm in British Columbia for litigation and dispute resolution. Tom Hakemi and Lisa Ridgedale have also been personally recognized as Litigation Stars in the Benchmark Litigation 2021 guide. Lisa was recently selected as a finalist for the Female Trailblazer Excellence Award by the Canadian Law Awards. The firm was previously announced as an Excellence Award recipient for Western Canada Law Firm of the Year 2020, presented by Lexpert’s 2020 Canadian Law Awards and supported by Canadian Lawyer and InHouse magazines. In September 2020, associate Nerissa Yan was announced by Canadian Lawyer as a Top 25 Most Influential Lawyer in Canada 2020, in the Young Influencer category. In April 2021, associate Nathan Muirhead was named a Lexpert Lawyer to Watch and achieved this status by virtue of being a finalist in the 2020 Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

*Please Note: ALL Sessions are LIVE, no recordings are available at this time.


  • Susan Crawford, Telecommunications Policy & Law Expert, & Professor, Harvard Law
  • Dr. Tai Neilson, Lecturer in Media at Macquarie University, Sydney; Author of “Journalism and Digital Labor: Experiences of Online News Production”
  • Ritesh Kotak, Tech Entrepreneur and Digital Strategist, Ritesh Kotak Consulting
  • Seher Shafiq, Co-Founder, Cardamom & Co.