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This article first appeared in The National Post on October 30, 2020.

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Google over its alleged search monopoly. The move came on the heels of a Congressional committee investigation into the anticompetitive practices of the world’s biggest tech firms — Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple — and is widely believed to be the U.S.’s first salvo in a long battle to rein in these global platforms.

Similar reports from our international peers, including the U.K., the E.U. and Australia, have warned that governments must urgently tackle the problems that Big Tech pose for economies and democracies everywhere. While many of these jurisdictions have taken concrete steps to rein these giants in, a question looms: what can a middle power like Canada do at home and abroad to ensure our technology is fit for democracy?

While Canada has no jurisdiction over the corporate structure of these U.S.-based tech giants, we do have other legislative tools at our disposal to promote trust online — and allies we can call upon to create new democratic safeguards for our increasingly digital work.

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Byron Holland

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for Internet governance, Byron’s leadership has brought CIRA to the forefront of innovation. At CIRA, Byron has led a wholesale rewrite of the .CA registry and related policies and business rules. Under Byron’s leadership, CIRA has expanded its product and service offerings to Canadians and .CA has become one of the fastest growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD) in the world.

Byron has developed a strong international profile for CIRA and the .CA top-level domain. He is vice-chair of the Country Codes Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the body that represents the interests of all country code top-level domains and leads policy development initiatives at ICANN, and is Chair of ICANN’s Customer Standing Committee (CSC). Byron is also an active participant in the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum.

Byron received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He also holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

The views expressed in this blog are Byron’s opinions on Internet-related issues, and are not necessarily those of the organization.