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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 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