Telecommunications policy experts, community groups, public interest advocates,and academics met in Ottawa, from October 19 to 21, 2006 to discuss and debate the future of telecommunications policy and regulation in Canada. Media@McGill researchers and associates were among the participants.
By Marc Raboy
A year after the World Summit on the Information Society concluded that there should be a permanent global meeting-place for discussion of Internet policy issues, the UN’s Internet Governance Forum is holding its first meeting in Athens this week. Media@McGill’s Jeremy Shtern is there and will be blogging from the event.
The Internet Governance Forum emerged as a compromise in the final stages of the WSIS, as a range of countries from the European Union to China, as well as civil society organizations, argued that global Internet governance should no longer be left in the hands of a single national government, that of the USA. The US, which controls the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, refused to budge on efforts to create a new, more open governing structure for Internet domain names but consented to creation of the IGF, under the patronage of Kofi Annan, as a non-decision-making discussion forum.
After the Government of Canada decided to close the Law Commission of Canada on September 25, Darin Barney, a former member of the Commission’s citizens’ Advisory Council took the initiative to send a letter to the Canadian Minister of Justice on behalf of 212 other Canadians who co-signed the letter. This letter was published in The Toronto Star on September 29, 2006. To read the letter please click here