Government's Digital Canada 150 a start, but not the entire solution

OTTAWA, April 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) commends the Government of Canada for today releasing Digital Canada 150. The result of a national consultation, this document identifies a number of initiatives that aim to bolster Canada's digital competitiveness.  

"There are a number of activities outlined in Digital Canada 150 that are important to building a strong digital economy for Canada. In particular, I am pleased to see the government's commitment to expanding broadband access, digital security and helping small businesses adopt digital technologies," says Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA, which was one of the organizations that submitted a recommendation during the Digital Economy Strategy consultation process in 2010.

"Where I believe Digital Canada 150 comes up short is in its lack of a vision for a digital Canada. Building a strong digital economy will involve many partners, from the private sector to governments, not-for-profits and academics. What I don't see in Digital Canada 150 is any engagement of or with these partners and the common goal they are supposed to work toward."

The DES contains a number of recommendations recommended in CIRA's submission during the consultation process, including activities to safeguard online transactions. Other key components, however, such as developing a set of benchmark data to measure progress on the digital economy are glaring gaps in the report. CIRA hopes this will be added to Canada's digital strategy over time. In the interim, CIRA, as part of its efforts to support the development of the Internet in Canada, will continue to make strategic investments in the Internet in Canada, such as its work with Internet Exchange Points and its Community Investment Program.

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)

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