OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - According to a report from the Canadian
Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), forty per cent of Canadians
cannot identify a challenge to the success of the Internet in Canada.
The report, entitled Challenges and Opportunities for the Internet in Canada, asked 1,210 Canadians what they perceive are the challenges facing the
development of the Internet in Canada, and opportunities presented by
the Internet. It also showed that almost 50 per cent of Canadians could
not identify an opportunity for the success of the Internet in Canada.
"These are very significant results," said CIRA President and CEO Byron
Holland. "It confirms that Canadians have not had many opportunities to
discuss how the Internet is developed and deployed. It also outlines
the importance to provide them with more opportunities to do so."
Holland went on to say, "The Internet has become the most important
driver of social and economic progress for Canada and around the world,
yet very few Canadians have had the opportunity to participate in its
For the second year in a row, CIRA will be hosting a national dialogue
on the development of the Internet with the Canadian Internet Forum
(CIF). The 2011 CIF was the first opportunity of its kind for Canadians
to have a say on how they would like to see the Internet develop. The
final report on the 2011 CIF can be found on CIRA's website at www.cira.ca/.
To identify the topics for discussion in the 2012 CIF, CIRA worked with
Nanos Research to deliver a national survey. The results of this survey
will dictate the themes to be explored in the upcoming 2012 Canadian
Internet Forum. Hot topics among Canadians included digital literacy,
security and safety, access/cost, digital economy, policy and
governance, and technology and regulation.
"The initial consultation showed us that Canadians are truly interested
in getting involved in issues related to the future of the Internet in
Canada," said Holland. "We want to keep the momentum going with the
2012 Canadian Internet Forum, and ensure Canadians have a voice in
Internet governance in Canada and abroad."
"The Internet is not a static entity. It is continuously developing. The
fact that its development affects almost every Canadian behoves us to
ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to have their
The 2012 Canadian Internet Forum will have a heavy focus on online
participation, including a discussion forum, and culminate with a
national event in February 2012.
For more information on the 2012 Canadian Internet Forum, please visit cif.cira.ca.
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:
Mark E. Buell
613-237-5335 ext. 297