Digital Economy Strategy Consultation

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Back in May, the Government of Canada launched a national consultation on the development of a digital economy strategy. Yesterday, I sent in CIRA’s submission to that consultation.

In our submission, we make 19 recommendations, ranging from recommending that the government leverage its purchasing power to spur the adoption of IPv6 to encouraging the government to include the development of a national digital literacy strategy as part of its digital economy strategy.

Fundamentally, however, what we are saying is that in order to create a climate for digital innovation in Canada, steps must be taken to preserve the Internet’s unparalleled capacity for enabling economic growth. At CIRA, we have been calling this capacity the digital economy value chain: the Internet stimulates human creativity with new technologies, outlets and opportunities which leads to innovation in products, services and processes. These products, services and processes improve productivity for individuals and businesses, thereby boosting their – and Canada’s – competitiveness in the global digital economy.

As part of its submission, we’ve developed a graphical representation of the Internet value chain:

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The steps CIRA recommends involve ensuring the stability, security and resiliency of the Internet through the development of a DNS-CERT and the deployment of DNSSEC. We also recommend Canada support the bottom-up, consensus-based decision-making framework upon which Internet governance is currently based, through the continuation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and to continue to take a ‘light-handed’ approach in the development of policy and regulation with respect to the Internet.

Our submission is available here. Please take the time to read it and let me know what you think.

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