If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know how important I believe Internet governance is to Canadians. You’ll also know that I think it is the responsibility of organizations like CIRA – those on the ‘inside of the Internet governance world – to not only talk about what we do, but also to listen as well. It is only when we listen that we can approach international fora like the Internet Governance Forum and ICANN with positions that reflect the needs and opinions of the people we represent.
One of CIRA’s larger initiatives this year is the Canadian Internet Forum, or CIF. With the CIF, we are engaging with Canadians about the future of the Internet in Canada; how it should be developed, deployed and governed in Canada. We’ve been working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet) on the CIF to carry out this important process.
In November 2010, we hosted six face-to-face consultations across Canada with opinion leaders about their views of the role of the Internet in Canada. Since then, we have facilitated an online dialogue with CIRA Members.
Today, I’m happy to announce that this discussion is now open to all Canadians.
If you have an interest in how the Internet is run (and let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog you probably do) please take the time to engage in the dialogue. The Internet belongs to us all, and I believe it’s important for the people and organizations that use it have a say in how it’s run. The discussion forum is here. Visit often and please comment and engage with each other.
Results from the six consultations (available here), along with the discussion on the forum, will be presented at a free public event – the Canadian Internet Forum – on February 25, 2011 in Ottawa. 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.
If you won’t be in Ottawa on February 25, you can participate via webcast. The results on the national event will be included in a white paper for presentation to the international Internet Governance Forum, a United Nations entity where nations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations convene to discuss Internet-related issues.
What ideas are you going to share on the CIF discussion forum?