The Canada Chapter is actively engaging important players involved with all aspects of the internet.

We bring together thought leaders to develop positions on proposed Canadian legislation that affects the affordability, accessibility, fairness and security of the internet. We provide resources to educate our members and provide opportunities for all voices to be heard.

While it may seem like a simple question, defining the Internet isn’t easy. Because unlike any other technology, the Internet can be whatever we make it. We can shape it. We can mold it. But most importantly, we can use it to connect people, communities, and countries around the world.

The Internet Society-Canada Chapter is focused on advocating for an affordable, fair and secure internet for Canadians. Bridging the digital divide to ensure all Canadians can reap the economic and social benefits the internet can provide.

Unlike the telephone network, which for years in most countries was run by a single company, the global Internet consists of tens of thousands of interconnected networks run by service providers, individual companies, universities, governments, and others. Open standards enable this network of networks to communicate. This makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority.

The Internet ecosystem is made of many organizations and communities that help the Internet work and evolve. The rapid and continued development and adoption of Internet technologies can be attributed to the involvement of a broad range of people and organizations; open, transparent, and collaborative processes; and the use of products and infrastructure with dispersed ownership and control.

How we do it

Committees
Policy Committee calls provide monthly calls for internet thought leaders from our membership convene to discuss important topics of the day. From these calls position papers are developed. They are a robust discussion with Canada’s leading voices on internet safety, security, openness, and access. These policy positions are communicated to government, our membership and stakeholders.

Roundtable Discussions
Bringing together diverse voices to discuss important issues and grow our network.

Conferences
A deeper dive into specific topics bringing together experts from government, private sector and civil society.

Meet ups
A monthly opportunity for our membership in the National Capital Region to raise a glass in an informal setting and meet face to face. There is no set agenda but allows for informal discussion on topics of the day and networking.

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Tweets

This is a dark day for the Canadian Internet. Instead of using less invasive methods to shut goldtv down the court has made ISPs block the content, removing the long standing role of being a neutral pipe. Bell will now use this decision to make ISPs police the internet. Scary. https://t.co/YCnQTMFdC6

This is a big deal - it's the first time a Canadian court has ordered ISPs to block websites. Judge Gleeson said he wasn't convinced the blocking orders for GoldTV infringe on #NetNeutrality or freedom of expression. #CRTC #copyright #cdntech https://t.co/ybWTdb8zlC

@macjbby @BenKlass Big 3 coat the pursuit of their monopoly in grand rhetoric about serving the Canadian interest. They consider their growth a social imperative—vital for national unity & connecting communities. They aspire to crush competition & escape state regulation.

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Events

  • 27 May 2019

    2nd Annual Digital Access Day

    2nd Annual Digital Access Day May 28, 2019 We believe the internet helps address serious social and economic needs. But…
  • 06 Mar 2019

    Women shaping the internet

    Round table discussion on how women’s contributions are shaping the internet and why it is important. This event will bring…
  • 20 Nov 2018

    AI and The Future of Employment

    The Internet Society Canada Chapter (ISCC) is bringing together thought leaders from the government, civil society and legal, financial and technology…