New program flooded with worthy applications from across Canada
OTTAWA, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Twenty-eight worthy initiatives have been
chosen as the first to be funded under the new Community Investment
Program (CIP) created by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (www.CIRA.ca), the organization that manages the .CA domain.
CIRA launched the CIP earlier this year as part of its mandate to
champion initiatives that help Canadians take full advantage of the
social and economic benefits of the Internet. The intention was to
provide funding to community groups, not-for-profits and academic
institutions for projects they could demonstrate would enhance the
Internet for the benefit of all Canadians. Just over $1 million was
earmarked for the first edition of the CIP.
"The enthusiastic response we saw from applicants across the country is
evidence of CIRA's long-standing conviction that the Internet has
become a critical daily tool in the lives of all Canadians," said Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA. "Our selection committee faced a difficult task to review and choose
from among 149 applications, representing just under $8 million in
requests. I want to personally express our sincerest thanks and
appreciation to each and every applicant."
Common themes emerged among the CIP recipients that accord with some of
CIRA's key priorities to ensure Canada's Internet infrastructure is
safe, secure, and stable, and supporting other Internet-related
activities in Canada.
Internet surveillance and helping individual Canadians manage their privacy online.
Improving the digital literacy of all Canadians and developing digital skills among our youth.
Affordable Internet access for all Canadians.
The full list of recipients includes:
Ashlu Creek Foundation
British Columbia Technology for Learning Society
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Career Skills Incubator
Chebucto Community Net Society
Civil Law Section, Ottawa University
Consumers Council of Canada
Faculty of Information, Information Policy Research Program, University
Free Geek Toronto
Governing Council of the University of Toronto
Halifax Internet Exchange Inc.
Indigenous Law Research Unit, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
International CyberCrime Research Center, Simon Fraser University
Kids Code Jeunesse
Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council
Open Democracy Manitoba
Open North Inc.
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, c/o Nova Scotia Community Access
Schulich School of Business, York University
Textile Museum of Canada
The Vancouver Community Network
"Canada faces a number of challenges to ensure the rights and freedoms
of Canadians are protected online, and that each and every Canadian has
the same opportunity to take advantage of what the Internet has to
offer," added Holland. "Through the CIP, we will provide leadership and
support for organizations across the country that share our vision of
what the Internet in Canada can and should be. The outstanding response
we have had so far shows there is no shortage of great ideas that can
make a positive difference."
The list of CIP recipients and summaries of their individual projects is
available on CIRA's website.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA
top-level domain, Canada's online identifier, on behalf of all
Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also facilitates the
development of a better Internet for all Canadians, and represents the
.CA registry internationally.
SOURCE: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
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