Canadians can have their say through Canadian Internet Forum

CIRA's annual consultation begins in Ottawa and online

OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (www.CIRA.ca), the organization that manages the .CA Internet domain, is kicking off its annual consultation with a feature event in Ottawa and an online forum, providing all Canadians with an equal voice to discuss the issues that impact the safe and fair use of the Internet.

The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) began this morning at the Ottawa Convention Centre. CIRA has brought together leading thinkers and experts to discuss a variety of Internet-related topics, including digital literacy, cyber-security and Internet governance.

Canadians will be able to participate today and continue the conversation throughout 2013 through their Facebook or Twitter accounts, or by providing a valid email address. CIRA has provided a variety of channels for the CIF, including its website at www.cif.cira.ca, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cira.ca, its Twitter account @CIRANews, and with the hashtag #ciraif.

"Just as we are all participants in the Internet sphere, we are all participants at the CIF, each with an equal voice," said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. "I urge you to attend, tune in and have your say, and not just today but throughout the year. The Internet by its very nature is always on and always evolving. How we use it and how we govern it to our best advantage is a conversation that must keep pace."

The CIF is free for all participants. Registrations can still be made onsite for today's event and the webcast is available to everyone.

Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart begins today's event with a keynote about online privacy. Panel presentations and discussions will explore digital literacy and policy and governance, featuring Steve Anderson from Openmedia.ca, Karen Mulberry from the Internet Society, Tim Denton from the CRTC, Matthew Johnson from MediaSmarts, and Kerry Augustine from the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge.

To learn more about the CIF, or how to attend or tune in via the webcast, please visit http://www.cira.ca/news/events-page/2013-cif/

About CIRA
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the Member-driven 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.

SOURCE: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

For further information:

Tanya O'Callaghan
Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262
tanya.ocallaghan@cira.ca

Leo Valiquette
inmedia Public Relations
(613) 769-9479
lvaliquette@inmedia.ca