On February 27, 2012 CIRA hosted a unique meeting on the future of the Internet in Canada. The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) brought together leading Canadian and international Internet experts and more than 400 interested citizens. Another 100 participated in an online forum CIRA hosted leading up to this event.
I have been a part of CIRA’s Board since near the organization’s beginning. Over the past 10 years, I have seen a lot of changes in both the organization and the environment in which it exists. CIRA has grown and matured. Now approaching two million .CAs registered, CIRA is one of the fastest growing registries in the world.
Yesterday, we closed a month-long outreach on proposed changes to CIRA’s governance process and structure and we are now in the process of reviewing the feedback we received.
Tomorrow, a number of very high profile websites will go dark in protest of the proposed U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act. Though the White House has since made it clear that the President will not support the bill, the fact that it was proposed at all is an indicator of the threat the Internet faces. And, according to this post from Michele Neylon, SOPA may not be quite dead yet.
The past year has been an interesting one, to say the least. Here are my predictions for 2012.
This week we launched the second and final phase of our cosultation to implement French character Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in .CA domain names.
On February 27, 2012, we’re hosting the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) national event in Ottawa. At the CIF, I will present findings from a three-month online dialogue with Canadians about the development of the Internet.
The debate surrounding the federal government’s recently introduced "The Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act", or Bill C-30, has raised emotions on all sides. The need to protect children from exploitation has been pitted against the individual’s right to privacy, so there’s no surprise that sparks are flying. But let’s take a rational look at the legislation and what it could mean for Canadians.
Domain name seizures have been top-of-mind for many people lately. It was one of the topics identified at the Canadian Internet Forum, and the high profile seizure by the U.S. government of the Canadian online gambling site bodog.com has been getting a lot of media attention.
CIRA is a federal not-for-profit organization. As such, we are subject to the Government of Canada’s legislation that governs not-for-profits. Recently, changes were announced to the federal legislation that governs not-for-profits like CIRA. Given that the current legislation dates from 1917 – the height of the First World War – these changes are definitely welcome.