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One week left to register for national event on future of the Internet


One week left to register for national event on future of the Internet

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) wants Canadians to have their say on the future of the Internet at a unique national event February 25, 2011 in Ottawa.

At the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF), CIRA and its partners, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet), will present the results of six face-to-face consultations across Canada and an online discussion forum. A panel of experts will discuss the results, with topics including digital literacy, online privacy, IPv6 adoption, access to broadband, and social media, among others. Participants at the CIF will have opportunities to provide feedback and commentary on the findings as well.

Experts speaking at the CIF include:

  • Jacob Glick, Canada Policy Counsel, Google
  • Dr. Gerri Sinclair, Executive Director, Masters of Digital Media Program at Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media
  • Marc Blanchet, Network Engineer, Viagénie
  • Jim Roche, President and CEO, CANARIE
  • Sally Wentworth, Senior Manager for Public Policy, Internet Society

Leading Canadian technology visionary Leonard Brody will provide the keynote address.

The CIF is an important opportunity for Canadians to have their say on the direction the Internet should take in Canada. The results of the consultations, online discussion and the CIF will be presented to the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum, a venue for stakeholders to discuss the future of the Internet, later in 2011.

The agenda for the CIF is available here. For those who can’t attend in person, the event will be webcast in French and English. Details are available here.

Time and date: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 25, 2011

Location: Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa, ON

Space is limited. Register now and join the discussion on the online forum 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.

For additional information, please contact:

Jennifer Austin
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing
(613) 237-5335 ext. 296