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Media Executive, Former Head of the CBC, Richard Stursberg Joins CITIZN Advisory Board


Toronto, May 19, 2020 ​– CITIZN, the world’s first Societal Network, designed to be THEPLACE for democracy, announced today that distinguished media executive and authorRichard Stursberg has joined the CITIZN Brains Trust (Advisory Board). Stursberg shaped the Canadian landscape in both the private and public sectors, serving as Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct), President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting for the Government of Canada.In October 2004, Stursberg was appointed head of English Services at the CBC where he led CBC radio, TV and on-line to their largest audiences in a generation. While there, here organised and rebuilt the CBC’s news services, integrating them and bringing them into the digital age.In 2012, Stursberg published The Tower of Babble, a memoir of his time at the CBC, which was named one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail. His most recent book, The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto for the Digital Age was recently shortlisted for the Donner Prize which is given to the best book on public policy written by a Canadian.“Richard is an internationally recognized media executive giving him a somewhat unique perspective about the future of media, democracy, and politics.” stated Murray Simser, founder and CEO, CITIZN, Inc. “To reinvent how political data and politics in general is organized, you need a revolutionary thinker with unparalleled foresight, that is Richard. Welcome to the team, Richard.”


“The saying, information is power, has never been more true.” said Richard Stursberg. He added, “The current state of media is desperately troubling. The emergence of vast new digital platforms, social media, privately controlled algorithms and the mobile internet, has resulted in tidal waves of disinformation, hoaxes and hate speech. They have eroded democracy, good governance, and freedom of expression. I am confident that CITIZN can be an important part of the remedy.”


About CITIZN -- Founded in 2019, with its HQ in Toronto, CITIZN, Inc. is the world’s first Societal Network. It was imagined by Silicon Valley and Seattle tech industry veteran Murray Simser, and political expert turned Ivy League lawyer Chris Wolfenberg. CITIZN’s unique AI-driven platform enables people of all walks of life to meaningfully and measurably contribute to their country’s political conversation, regardless of their level of knowledge. CITIZN has recruited an experienced team of well-known entrepreneurs, media executives, politicians, technology industry veterans, and data scientists to develop an intelligent platform that will be delivered to users on Android and iOS. The CITIZN Alpha product will be available in Q2 2020 for testing in Canada and shortly thereafter in the United States. Coming to a democracy near you! Please visit ​www.citizn.world​ to sign-up for the Canadian alpha test. For more information, contact info@citizn.world or visit and follow the following hashtags on FB,LinkedIn, or Instagram: #societalism #societalnetworks

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