CIRA to host national event on the future of Canada’s Internet

CIRA logo[news release] 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: 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: cif.cira.ca/cif-webcast-system-requirements/.

Please visit cif.cira.ca for updates on the CIF.

About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community and represents the .CA registry internationally.