CIRA releases final report on the Canadian Internet Forum

Today the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released a report on the findings from its national consultation on how the Internet is run.

The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) was a national consultation hosted by CIRA, along with its partners, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet). It consisted of face-to-face consultations that took place across Canada along with input received from an online discussion forum, and culminated at a national event held in Ottawa and webcast across the country in February 2011.

The consultations were broadly themed under two topics: the digital economy and digital literacy, and Canadians identified numerous issues that are important to them. These issues included online safety and security, the development of a ‘Canadian vision’ for the Internet and the cost and speed of broadband.

The report will be presented to the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum (http://www.intgovforum.org), a venue for nations to discuss the future of the Internet.

The Internet and Canada’s Future: Opportunities and Challenges

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CIF Update

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF), whether by attending the national event, participating online in the webcast, joining the online discussion, or by participating in one of the regional consultations.

The presentation from the national event has been posted to CIRA’s SlideShare page, available here.

For those of you on Twitter, I have created a list on people who were tweeting using the CIRAif hashtag. You can follow the list here, and link with other people interested in Interent governance. If you would like to be added to the list, message me on Twitter (@mebuell).

Lastly, we are working on some improvements to the CIF discussion group. A new discussion group with enhanced functionality will be available soon. In the meantime, let’s continue the CIF conversation!

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The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) was a great success!

There were 189 people in attendance at the CIF, and 46 more people participating in the webcast. Participants were engaged and the discussions were both informative and lively.

We are in the process of writing the white paper based on the results from the consultations and Friday’s discussions. If you were a part of the CIF, thank you very much. If not, it’s not too late to join the dialogue. Join the online forum and have your voice heard.

We’ll be posting updates to this blog regularly. Please stay tuned!

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CIF Registration now closed

Registration is now closed for the Canadian Internet Forum.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Brookstreet Hotel tomorrow!

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Speakers confirmed for the Canadian Internet Forum

Visit http://bit.ly/faFJSd to register for the CIF today! for details.

We’ve finalized the agenda for the Canadian Internet Forum that will be held in Ottawa on February 25. Register today to hear from leading experts like:
• Jacob Glick, Canada Policy Counsel, Google
• Dr. Gerri Sinclair, Executive Director, Masters of Digital Media Program at Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media
• Marc Blanchet, President, Viagénie
• Jim Roche, President and CEO, CANARIE
• Sally Wentworth, Senior Manager for Public Policy, Internet Society

Leading Canadian technology visionary Leonard Brody will provide the keynote address.

Topics include digital literacy, online privacy, IPv6 adoption, access to broadband, and social media, as among others. Participants at the CIF will have opportunities to provide feedback and commentary on the findings as well.

The CIF is an important opportunity for Canadians to have their say on the direction the Internet should take in Canada. The results of the consultations, online discussion and the CIF will be presented to the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum, a venue for stakeholders to discuss the future of the Internet, later in 2011.

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CIRA to host national event on the future of the Internet

Registration is now open! Visit http://bit.ly/faFJSd for details.

On February 25, 2011, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will present the findings from a national consultation on how the Internet is run at a public event in Ottawa.

At the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF), CIRA, along with its partners, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet), will present findings from six face-to-face consultations that took place across Canada along with input received from an online discussion forum.

A panel of Canadian experts will discuss the findings, and leading Canadian technology visionary Leonard Brody will provide the keynote address. The event will also feature sessions for participants to provide their feedback and ideas about Internet governance in Canada and internationally. The CIF will be webcast to facilitate the interactive participation of all Canadians who are interested in Canada’s role in Internet governance.

Although the Internet has become an integral part of the Canadian economy and society, the CIF presents the first opportunity for Canadians to discuss how it is developed, deployed and governed. The results of the consultations, online discussion and the national event will be presented to the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum, a venue for nations to discuss the future of the Internet.

As of January 25, 2011, the online discussion forum is open to all interested Canadians who wish to discuss issues related to how the Internet is developed, deployed and governed in Canada and around the world. All interested Canadians are invited to join the discussion at cif.cira.ca.

The agenda for the CIF is available here: http://cif.cira.ca/2011/01/cif-national-event-agenda/. Event details are as follows:

Time and date: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 25, 2011

Location: Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa, ON

Registration is free and the event will also be webcast in English and French. Details on the webcast are available here: http://cif.cira.ca/cif-webcast-system-requirements/.

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CIF National Event Agenda

Canadian Internet Forum: Agenda
9-9:15 Opening remarks
9:15-9:30 Industry Canada remarks
9:30-10:45 Session 1: panel: Digital Leadership and Innovation in Canada:

  • Jacob Glick
  • Gerri Sinclair
  • Marc Blanchet
  • Jim Roche
10:45-11 BREAK
11-11:30 Overview of workshop findings
11:30-12 Facilitated discussion
12-1:30 LUNCH Speaker: Leonard Brody
1:30-2 Session 2: Economic Development

  • Intro to session
  • Review of issues that emerged from the Economic Development track
  • How/why are these issues important?
2-2:30 Facilitated discussion
2:30-3 Session 3: Digital Literacy

  • Intro to session
  • What issues emerged from the Digital Literacy track?
  • How/why are these issues important?
3-3:30 Facilitated discussion
3:30-3:45 BREAK
3:45-4 Session 4: Policies and Process for Moving Ahead. Vision for an ongoing Canadian Internet Forum

  • Recap of the morning/previous sessions
  • International perspectives/actions on Internet policy and governance issues
4-4:30 Facilitated discussions: Q&A
4:30-4:45 Closing remarks:

Role for a Canadian Internet Forum

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Here’s some interesting Internet-related links from the past few days:

  • Bill Graham from the Internet Society wrote an  interesting guest post on the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance on Public Domain.
  • In an op ed in the Globe and Mail, Sheridan Scott argues that Canada is overdue for a digital-economy strategy.
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Digital Literacy Consultation Overview Presentation

This presentation was given to Canadian Internet Forum workshop participants in the digital literacy consultations.
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Interesting links

Some Canadian Internet Forum participants wanted more information on topics related to Internet governance and IPv6:

Again, thanks for your participation. In the next few days, we will be posting our plan to engage Canadians in an online dialogue about Internet governance issues.

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