CIRA hosts Canadian Internet Forum

On February 25th in Ottawa the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will host an important event about the future of the Internet in Canada called the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF).

The Internet has become an integral part of the economic, political and social lives of Canadians, and the CIF will provide a space for Canadians to discuss its future.

Working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet), CIRA has been consulting with Canadians for the past four months on privacy, how social media is driving the future of the Internet, and access to and the cost of broadband in Canada, among others.

At the CIF, attendees will be engaged to provide their feedback and opinions about the results of the consultations. There will be opportunity to ask questions, debate and have their opinion heard about the direction the Internet should take in Canada. A panel of Canadian experts will discuss and debate the future of the Internet, including:

  • 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

Vancouver technology visionary Leonard Brody will give the keynote address. Following the CIF, there will be a networking reception. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be webcast in English and French.

The CIF takes place on February 25th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa. Registration is free and lunch and coffee will be served.