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the dot: Canada’s Internet Podcast

New from CIRA, a podcast dedicated to highlighting the best of what Canada’s internet has to offer.

The Dot: Canada’s Internet Podcast will feature interviews with Canadians that are making a difference online. Whether it be in e-commerce, cybersecurity, internet governance, or simply doing something interesting online, the goal of the podcast is to be a home for discussion on the internet in Canada.

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Where to listen

You can find our podcast on all your major podcast listenings and players. Here’s a few popular ones:


On this month’s episode, we chat with Denise Williams, CEO, First Nations Technology Council, and Josh Tabish, Public Affairs Manager, CIRA, about the Universal Broadband Fund and how it may, or may not, help address the rural internet gap. We also check in with Maureen James, program manager for CIRA’s Community Investment Program on the latest call for grant applications.


First Nations Technology Council

CIRA Community Inverstment Program

ShopHERE program from Digital Main Street




Past Episodes

Episode 1

On the first episode of The Dot, we chat with Amber Mac about e-commerce in Canada and her outlook for 2020.

We also chat with Zeina Osman, co-executive director of CompuCorps about a project that is helping indigenous women start their own businesses online.


CIRA Stock Photos

Amber Mac


Episode 2

In episode 2 The Dot, we chat with Jason Besner from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security about cybersecurity in Canada.

We also chat with Gautam Srivastava, a professor from Brandon University, about a project that is looking at cybersecurity training through an indigenous lens.


Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

CIRA Community Investment Program

Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Report

Episode 3

After a long pandemic pause, episode 3 features an interview with Michael Geist on the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review.

We also chat with Mohammad Mannan about a CIP project looking at the implications of online tracking.


Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review

Michael Geist website

Mohammad Mannan: Towards a Global Perspective on Web Tracking

Episode 4

On this midsummer edition of The Dot, we chat with Canadian sci-fi author Cory Doctorow about everything from privacy to COVID-19 contact tracing apps. We also chat with Kathryn Hill, executive director of Media Smarts, about a program to help stop the spread of misinformation online.


Cory Doctorow

Media Smarts: Check First, Share After

Canada’s Internet Factbook 2020

Episode 5

On this Cybersecurity Month-themed edition of The Dot, we chat with David Shipley from Beauceron Security about how COVID-19 has changed the cybersecurity landscape. We also check in with a unique CIP project that is teaching K-12 students how to fight cyber-crime.


Beauceron Security

CIRA 2020 Cybersecurity Report

CIRA Unconnected

New Brunswick Community College CIP Program