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Citizen Broadband - Canada

Citizen Broadband - Canada



Presentation by Michael de Percy at the Australian National University, 7 May 2009. ...

Presentation by Michael de Percy at the Australian National University, 7 May 2009.
Public Sphere #1 - High Bandwidth for Australia

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    Citizen Broadband - Canada Citizen Broadband - Canada Presentation Transcript

    • Citizen engagement & community participation online: The Canadian Experience Michael de Percy Public Sphere 1.0: High Bandwidth for Australia
      • Samuel McGowan, a Canadian, brought the telegraph to Australia in 1853
      • Since the telegraph, Australia and Canada have been (mostly) on par in adopting communications technologies - until the broadband era…
      • The two countries are most-similar in many ways…
      • I have been comparing broadband outcomes in Canada and Australia since 2005
      • This presentation provides some of my recent
      • experiences with Canada’s use of broadband
      Overview why canada?
      • Keewaytinook Okimakanak , which means Northern Chiefs in Oji-Cree, is a non-political Chiefs Council serving First Nations in the Northern Ontario region. The organization provides services in:
        • Health
        • Education
        • Economic development
        • Employment assistance
        • Legal assistance
        • Public works
        • Finance and administration
        • Computer communications (K-Net Services)
      First Nations (first things first!) connecting communities
      • Canada is (comparatively) a very open society and for many years has adopted a world-leader approach to broadband and New Media. Some examples:
      • Office of the Privacy Commissioner
      • Academic uses of the Net: Professor Michael Geist
      • CRTC on Internet Traffic Management (now closed)
      • Ontario Government
      • Canadians have been accessing online policy consultations for many years…
      Models of Engagement citizen engagement
      • The not-for-profit/municipal sector in Canada provides access to free Net services:
      • National Capital FreeNet
      • Fred eZone (Fredericton)
      • BC Wireless Network Society
      • Wireless Toronto
      • Some of the effects have been:
      • Attracting businesses to municipalities
      • Addressing the digital divide
      • Introducing competition by ‘signalling’ demand
      Community Broadband free WiFi!
      • Broadband used to disseminate travel information
      • Supports innovative travel information by Ottawa public transport provider ‘OC Transpo‘
      • The ‘travel planner’ enables people to plan their travel through information readily available on the Net, often accessible through free Wi-Fi
      • Sample of the Travel Planner
      • And Canadians help
      • improve the service…
      Broadband & Travel