Internet enthusiasts converge on Ottawa for CIRA's Canadian Internet
OTTAWA, Feb. 26, 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 the Canadian public with a day of
insightful and provocative discussion on the issues that impact the
safe and fair use of the Internet.
The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) will take place on Thursday, February
28 in Ottawa at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Given the forum's
national focus, the proceedings will also be made available to
Canadians anywhere in the country via live webcast. To ensure everyone
who wishes to participate and contribute to the discussion can attend,
the event is free for in-person and online attendees.
The CIF will bring together leading thinkers and experts to discuss a
variety of Internet-related topics, including digital literacy,
cyber-security and Internet governance. The event will also serve as a
kick off for an online discussion forum that will allow Canadians to
further explore the topics discussed during the national event.
"Canadians are the heaviest Internet users in the world and it is vital
that we have a national forum where we can discuss and debate the hot
topics that are helping to shape the Canadian Internet landscape," said
Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. "Just as we are all participants in the Internet sphere, we are all
participants at the CIF. We believe that decisions about the Internet
should not be made behind closed doors without public knowledge or
participation. Everyone who attends can have a voice."
The event will feature a keynote about online privacy from Privacy
Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, as well as panel presentations and
discussions about 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,
Kerry Augustine from the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge, and
journalist Shane Schick.
The panel featuring Anderson and Denton promises to be both informative
and compelling. Anderson is an outspoken advocate of a free and open
Internet who is often critical of government policy and Canada's
incumbent telecommunications carriers. Denton, in his role as a
commissioner of the CRTC, is of course the gatekeeper for telecom
regulation in Canada.
To learn more about the lineup of panelists for the CIF, the agenda for
the event, and how to attend or tune in via the webcast, please visit http://www.cira.ca/news/events-page/2013-cif/
To arrange advance interviews about the CIF and its purpose and
relevance to Canadians, please contact Tanya O'Callaghan or Leo
Valiquette at the coordinates below.
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:
Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262
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