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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Digital Life Research Group

The Digital Life Research Group (DLRG) explores how information and communication technologies and new media have changed the way we connect to communities, live, inform ourselves and relate to others.

The DLRG provides a forum for discussion on digital life broadly defined, from spiritual support to online safety and security issues, from gaming to political activism, from blogging to digital storytelling. Common to all these issues is the recognition that they can’t be effectively answered by traditional scholarly approaches, but rather require interdisciplinary research. As a group composed of educators, communication researchers, sociologists, criminologists, legal scholars and historians, we engage in cross-disciplinary exchange to identify new sites of critique and to fully understand and meaningfully intervene in issues related to life online.

Research areas

  • Legal and policy matters
    • cyberterrorism
    • impact of information and communication technologies on legal concepts and distinctions (i.e. public/private, speech/action)
    • online safety and security
    • risk and crime prevention
  • Social and cultural issues
    • children's virtual worlds and digital storytelling
    • Internet subcultures and social control
    • online spirituality and support groups
    • women's use of new media
  • Political aspects
    • blogging and social networking as forms of political action
    • global politics online
    • new forms of political activism