Canadian Internet Forum: Digital Literacy Consultation

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Through November, CIRA has been conducting consultations across the country on Internet-related issues, including digital literacy. This presentation was given to Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) workshop participants in the digital literacy consultations. For more information about the CIF, visit


<ul><li> 1. Canadian Internet Forum:<br />Digital Literacy Consultation<br />CIRA<br />Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)<br />November 2010<br /></li> <li> 2. Agenda<br />Welcome and introductions<br />Why are we here?<br />Background paper<br />Brief Q&amp;A, discussions &amp; responses<br />Reflections on key issues and personal concerns<br />Break out session<br />Plenary session<br />Closing plenary discussions<br />Closing remarks<br /></li> <li> 3. Who is CIRA?<br />The Canadian Internet Registration <br />Authority (CIRA) is the organization that <br />Manages Canada's .CA domain name <br />registry, develops and implements <br />policies that support Canada's Internet <br />community and represents the .CA <br />registry internationally.<br /></li> <li> 4. Why are we here?<br />In addition to running the .CA registry, CIRA is mandated to undertake activities that support the Internet in Canada.<br />The Internet has become one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure of our time, yet there hasnt been a lot of opportunity to discuss how it is run.<br />This forum is the place to discuss, debate and propose directions for the development, deployment and governance of the Internet in Canada. <br /></li> <li> 5. Why a Canadian Internet Forum?<br />In late 2009, CIRA worked with IISD to conduct a survey of Canadians to take the pulse of Canadians on issues related to Internet policy and governance.<br />An online, 20-question, self-selecting survey (French and English) was delivered; 801 surveys were completed. <br />The intent was to gauge the opinion of already engaged Canadians about domestic Internet governance issues. <br /></li> <li> 6. Key Findings<br />Results from the survey point to the following recommendations:<br />There is broad support for the establishment of a Canadian Internet forum. The majority of respondents (76 per cent) expressed support for such a mechanism.<br />A Canadian Internet forum should include and engage a broad base of stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia, Aboriginal organizations, and so on (90 per cent of respondents agreed). <br />A Canadian Internet forum should address issues of Internet development, access and use, but also issues where the Internet affects other public policy domains. <br /></li> <li> 7. Key Findings, contd<br />A Canadian Internet forum should not only create a place for dialogue, but influence the advancement of Internet-related policy (supported by 76 per cent of respondents). <br />A Canadian Internet forum should link with international Internet governance issues and policies (supported by 75 per cent of respondents). <br />A Canadian Internet forum has a strong likelihood of initial success. However, survey respondents support an ongoing dialogue/process on Internet governance. <br /></li> <li> 8. Results <br />As a result of the national survey, CIRA, along with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Media Awareness Network are holding six consultations in November.<br />Two themes:<br />Digital Literacy<br />The Digital Economy<br />Consultations will be held in: Winnipeg, Halifax, Iqaluit, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver. <br /></li> <li> 9. What are we doing here?<br />To discuss, debate and propose directions for the development, deployment and governance of the Internet in Canada.<br /></li> <li> 10. Background<br />Why is Digital Literacy Important?<br />Economic value increases in digital literacy significantly impact both the ICT sector and broader economy.<br /><ul><li>Cultural value - digitally literate citizenry is positioned to consume and create cultural content. </li> <li> 11. Democratic value the Internet and digital media offers new ways for citizens both to engage democratically and utilize government services.</li></ul></li></ul>


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