The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will be holding the third annual Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) national event in Ottawa on February 28, 2013. You will receive a more detailed invitation within the few weeks which will provide you with all the information you need to attend the national event, whether in person or via webcast. Until then, make sure you save the date!
2012 CIF White Paper
CIRA recently released the results of the findings from the 2012 CIF in a white paper titled Challenges and Opportunities for the Internet in Canada. Key findings highlighted in the paper include the challenges that Canadians face when it comes to successful use of the Internet, in particular regarding Internet security, accessibility, costs, Canadian digital sovereignty and digital literacy. The paper provides a synthesis of the conversations Canadians were having about the challenges facing Internet in Canada in 2012 through the online forum culminated with the CIF national event in Ottawa.
As Canada’s voice in the international Internet community, the paper was presented by Byron Holland, CIRA’s President and CEO at the International Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan in November. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder forum that serves to bring individuals together from various stakeholder groups to share views and exchange ideas on public policy issues relating to the Internet.
As a .CA Member with a vested interest in build a strong Canadian presence on the Internet, we encourage you to read the paper with the complete findings and participate in the upcoming event in February.
CIRA was incorporated in December 1998 and became the official .CA registry on December 1, 2000. We have a 12-person Board of Directors and three Board Advisors. The 12 Board of Directors are elected by .CA Members and three are Board Advisors with non-voting positions. The Board Advisors include CIRA’s President and CEO, a representative of the Government of Canada, and John Demco, who helped establish the .CA domain and CIRA.
Who was responsible for registering a .CA domain before CIRA?
From 1987 to November 2000, .CA domain names were assigned and registered by a .CA volunteer organization headed by John Demco, former Computing Facilities Manager for the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). UBC provided the technical and administrative resources to house and operate the registry.
The Framework for the administration of the .CA domain name system laid the foundation for the transition of the .CA registry from UBC and the creation of CIRA.
On November 22, 2012, CIRA reached two million registered .CA domain names.
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