Toronto would like to be seen as the nice person’s Silicon Valley, if that’s not too much trouble

By: Brian Barth

Toronto would like to be seen as the nice person’s Silicon Valley, if that’s not too much trouble

It is a frigid February day when I visit Communitech, a bustling tech hub that occupies a renovated 19th–century tannery in the city of Kitchener, Ontario. Inside the brick-and-beam space, Harleen Kaur opens her phone and pulls up her latest creation—an attempt to tackle the problem of misinformation. It’s an app called Ground News, a combination news aggregator and social-media platform that combats falsehoods with the help of AI and on-the-ground verification carried out by its users.

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