Citizen Broadband - Canada


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Presentation by Michael de Percy at the Australian National University, 7 May 2009.
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Citizen Broadband - Canada

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