CIRA hosts national event on the future of the Internet

OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) today hosts a national event on the future of the Internet in Canada with a full audience at the Westin Ottawa.

At the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF), CIRA will present findings from a three-month online dialogue with Canadians about the development of the Internet. A panel of experts will discuss the results, with topics including digital literacy, online security and safety and Internet policy and governance. Well-known Canadian entrepreneur, author and star of CBC's the Dragons' Den and ABC's Shark Tank Robert Herjavec will deliver the keynote address.

"As digital citizens, we have not only a right to have our voice heard, but a duty to use that voice," said CIRA's president and CEO Byron Holland. "The CIF provides that venue by providing Canadians with the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about how the Internet should develop."

The event's expert panel includes:

  • Steve Anderson, Founder and Executive Director,
  • Bertrand de La Chapelle, Program Director, International Diplomatic Academy and ICANN Board Member
  • Captain Frédérick Gaudreau, Sûreté du Québec
  • Dr. Michael Geist, Law Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Bill Graham, Consultant on International Internet Policy and ICANN Board Member
  • Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director, Media Awareness Network

Findings from the CIF, including the online discussion forum and this national event, will be presented to the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum, a venue for stakeholders to discuss the future of the Internet.

More information on the CIF can be found at:

About CIRA
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the 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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For more information or to arrange media interviews with the event speakers, please contact:
Tanya O'Callaghan
Communications Manager
613-237-5335 ext. 262


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