Digital Literacy Consultation, Halifax, NS
Canadian Internet Forum:Digital Literacy Consultation
Halifax, Nova ScotiaNovember 10, 2010 __________________________________________________________________
This document captures the information from the opening reflection, the exercise ofissue identification (sticky notes), the small group discussions on baskets of issuesand the closing comments and reflection.
Participants were asked to consider the question:
“What could/should the future of the internet in Canada be like?”
1. I want to see a repository of reliable free information that can be accessed by allCanadians regardless of their physical or mental abilities.2. I see the Internet as a vehicle for promotion of democratic education; one thatencourages and supports the creative economy; a tool that advances human kind inan open and inclusive way.3. I feel the Internet should be accessible to all regardless of economic status.4. I see the Internet as a staple tool for alternative deliveries of face-to-faceeducational content. It is an alternative to other options where there are barrierssuch as transportation or childcare costs; a tool where people can actually accesseducational resources and programs.5. Canadian voices need to be heard as part of global dialogue. We need platformsthat are accessible – we need to look at breaking down barriers.6. I want an Internet that is affordable, adaptive and prolific. Given my work, I wouldadd a community development spin, focussing on the importance of all the tools thatare delivered through the Internet: health care, education, etc.7. I want to see Internet access for those who wouldn't normally be able to get it.However, the question participants have been asked to reflect on is flawed, as Idon’t believe that the state has any role in governing the Internet.8. Copyright is huge for music and other creative works. I believe that somethingrelating to Internet access as a fundamental right should be considered, similar towhat other countries in the EU have done.