First Nations, Jim Balsillie slam government over lack of consultation on AI bill 

By Anja Karadeglija THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA-The Assembly of First Nations is warning it could take the Liberal government to court over its proposed privacy and artificial intelligence bill. And former tech executive Jim Balsillie told MPs studying the bill that he considers the legislation “anti-democratic.” The government has already been criticized for failing to consult widely and early enough on Bill C-27, which updates privacy laws and introduces the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act. Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry pioneer Research In Motion, said Wednesday the government did no public consultations and relied too heavily on feedback from industry rather than civil society. Indigenous leaders said First Nations weren’t consulted at all. “As a result, the minister did not hear First Nations, does not understand First Nations, and…

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