Yesterday, the Canadian chapter of The Internet Society launched at the MaRS Discovery District. The non-profit organization is one of 92 chapters world wide with over 65,000 members working for internet freedom and accessibility both at a technical level and at a policy advocacy level. “The Internet Society in Canada is absolutely critical in helping Canadians understand issues that are close to them, on issues of Internet governance, on digital privacy issues, on net neutrality,” explained Glenn McKnight in an introductory video on the new chapter’s website.
Specific Canadian issues that the group hopes to address include access to internet for remote communities, the concentration of ownership of internet carriers and content providers, and the technical infrastructure required to make the internet as free and as accessible as possible to Canadians.
The membership organization, which is currently led by interim president Evan Leibovitch and interim vice president Glenn McKnight is encouraging citizens to get involved and contribute to the conversation. Those interested can join for free at www.internetsociety.ca