The Internet has become an integral piece of the social and economic fabric of Canada. It belongs to all of us, and affects all aspect of the lives of Canadians.
As digital citizens, we have digital responsibilities – responsibilities to get informed and get involved with how the Internet develops. The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) provides Canadians with an opportunity to have our voice heard about how we want to see it develop.
The CIF is a national discussion about Canada’s Internet future hosted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) – the member-driven organization that manages .CA and facilitates the development of a better Internet for all Canadians. It consists of in-person meetings, a national event that brings together Canada’s Internet leaders and a year-round discussion in social media on topics of interest to Canadians, including:
Our free monthly CIF newsletter is a great way to stay informed on Internet governance issues from a uniquely Canadian point of view. Subscribe today!
The CIF is a great opportunity for you to support the advancement of the Internet in Canada and exercise your digital rights and interests online both nationally and internationally. Ready to join the conversation?
You can find discussions on:
All Canadians are encouraged to participate and have their voice heard – get involved today!
The CIF reflects Canadians’ attitudes and opinions on Internet governance, digital literacy and cyber-security. The knowledge collected through the CIF is shared through a variety of media, presented to the United Nations - coordinated Internet Governance Forum, and CIRA encourages policy-makers, researchers and the business community to use it in their work.
CIRA partnered with CENTR on a paper about the International Telecommunication Union and country code top-level domains. Read it here.
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From time-to-time, CIRA solicits papers from interested Canadian Internet stakeholders.
If you or your organization would like to contribute to the conversation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifth Canadian Internet Forum to be held October 9, 2014
On October 9, 2014, thought leaders from across Canada and around the world will gather at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa to discuss the future of the Internet. The fifth Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) will include presentations and panel discussions from leading thinkers on the topics of online surveillance, the digital economy and international Internet governance.
Since CIRA began hosting the CIF in 2011, it has become an important forum to discuss issues related to the digital economy, cyber-security and global Internet governance, among others.
The Internet governance ecosystem is at a high water mark. With the announcement by the United States Government to not renew the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (the organization responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root) contract, and a series of high-profile fora around the globe to discuss enhancing Internet governance structures and processes, a sea change is occurring in the Internet governance arena. As a result, this will be the most important CIF event to date.
While this is an invitation-only event, the proceedings will be webcast. Details of the webcast, as well as an agenda for the day, will be posted soon. If you are interested in attending in-person, but have not received an invitation, please email email@example.com for information.
Event: Canadian Internet Forum
Time and Date: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 9, 2014
Location: Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa
The agenda and background documents for the 2014 CIF are now available!
2014 Canadian Internet Forum Agenda
Background: Lawful access and online surveillance
Background: Internet governance: Key Themes and Issues
Background: The digital policy environment and Canadian business