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

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.

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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The effect Covid 19 has had on society and human behaviours highlight the fundamental point of our argument regarding the BTLR report: The Basic Problem: everything was seen as "broadcasting"!

As @ISOC_Foundation launches @ISOCBNet grants for 2020, this article on @vgcerf (@internetsociety founder) & other #Internet pioneers makes me think of all the ISOC Chapters who uphold this legacy and continue to fight for an Internet for everyone -

The COVID19 pandemic shows clearly the BTLR Report was fundamentally mistaken. The Basic Problem: everything was seen as “broadcasting”. so nothing is understood properly.

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