Thank you very much, Chair.
Professor Deibert, one of my staff actually attended a number of your lectures as a professor at U of T, and he had some really good things to say about your role and expertise in this area. I really appreciate your being here today. Thank you very much. It's a personal connection.
I know members have been asking questions that you don't really have the purview to answer because you don't have the direct information. A lot of what we're discussing in this panel is, really, hypotheticals and what-ifs, with more of a policy perspective as opposed to a “what happened” or evidence-based perspective.
I'll start with Professor Deibert, if that's okay, and ask a question about disinformation.
We talk about the institutions that govern us and public trust. How does the concept that the RCMP and police institutions are monitoring and surveilling Canadians...? What kind of impact does that have? To date, we've heard from the RCMP and heard from the Privacy Commissioner with respect to exactly how many investigations have been conducted that have used ODIT surveillance. How does that impact public perception of the RCMP and our governing institutions in general, as we've seen the climate of disinformation and conspiracy theories being peddled in recent events? Professor Deibert, do you have any comments on that?