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Annual Rpt 2009

Annual Rpt 2009

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 Annual Report, 2009
open media,open democracy
Table of Contents
Table of Contents 
From the National Coordinator 3Organizational Development 4Emerging Media Reform Movement 5OpenMediaca Online 6OpenMediaca Campaigns & Projects 7SaveOurNetca8Fresh Media 10Media Democracy Day 12More Campaigns 14Looking Forward 15Network Members 19
Dear riend,2009 has been an incredibly exciting year! Over this past year, we have worked diligently onnumerous exciting initiatives such as Fresh Media, SaveOurNet.ca, and Media Democracy Day.There were packed Open Internet Town Hall events in our cities, over 12,000 comments weresent to the CRTC in support o Net Neutrality, and both the Liberal and NDP parties came onsideand aggressively showed their support or Internet openness.We also re-branded our organization rom Campaign or Democratic Media to OpenMedia.ca, a name that betterreects our image, values, and principles o “openness” – ensuring that everyone has open and accessible connec-tions to each other and to a wide diversity o opinions and expression through our media institutions, structures, andpolicies.This year, transormative change will come through what I like to call the open media movement. This burgeoningmovement is really a constellation o interconnected yet distinct communities that are advancing and deendingopen communication rights and values around open source sotware, open data, open Internet, open web, opencontent, open education, open government, and all things open.At rst glance, open media is simply about the above issues that have intrinsic values such as accessibility, choice,diversity, and openness. While these values intersect to create an essential nucleus or media innovation, they areonly starting points. For example, access and choice, in addition to putting value in real choice or online content andInternet Service Providers, also touch on the need or media literacy, production programs, and knowledge.Likewise, a media system that supports diversity and ground-up innovation includes support mechanisms or dier-ent ownership models -- independent, non-prot, campus, community, and public media. The best way to supportcultural creators, media workers, citizen producers, and consumers, is by developing an underpinning o diversitythat we can tap into.The open media movement has become increasingly vibrant and is well positioned to take advantage o the declin-ing power o Big Media. We know that journalism and media production in general are sustainable; it’s the big mediamodel that is unsustainable. The crisis in the traditional media industry, combined with the prolieration o the mostopen medium in history, the Internet, has produced a historic opportunity or media and journalism to serve ourcommunities again. However, this crisis alone does not guarantee a permanent positive transormation o our mediasystem.Canada is acing a big battle with respect to digital strategy policy. As you read this, Canada still has a wireless marketthat is among the most concentrated and expensive in the world. Canada is also alling behind other OECD countriesconcerning key Internet measurements, and unlike many other countries, Canada lacks a national broadband plan.I we get digital public policy right, we can turn this around and become a leader in Internet and mobile communica-tions, which will lead to empowerment, job creation, and new orms o entrepreneurialism, expression, and socialchange. But this requires bold action rom policy makers and politicians and it’s our job to create pressure ordecisive action.As we continue to build momentum and create awareness, it looks promising that 2010 will be the year that the openmedia movement ully blossoms. I hope you’ll join us in creating a media and news ecology that is responsive,participatory, and open – a resh media system or the 21st century.Steve Anderson
 From the National Coordinator 

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