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Halifax CIF Consultation

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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.
Personal 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.
Digital Literacy Consultation, Dartmouth, NS 
9. I believe that fun is important; one of the big things is the role of the Internet forsocial inclusion and participation, if your friends are on the Internet and you’re not,you don’t have friends. Access is an opportunity for people to be happy, it is takingthe place of many traditional institutions who attempt to promote social inclusion – churches, social clubs. Also there is the whole idea of social capital and the role itplays in innovation, justice. The Internet is a key player, then, in local and globalinclusion10. The Internet is a tool for connecting people in creative and meaningful ways, butat the same time, it needs to be discussed widely in terms of what it is doing to usand to society. We need to talk about digital literacy and the ways we need to adjustto the new realities we are confronting. At the same time we need to confront someof the negative aspects, such as alienation and isolation. There are other societalcauses, but we need to consider the role of the Internet as well. I see the Internet ashaving the potential to be empowering and engaging – but we need to move beyondtalking about it solely as a tool for commerce.11. My work and research is in hypertext and human/computer interaction. In thiswork, I separate applications, technology, web services and use from thetechnology mix and people being able to use the technology. When I saw Canada inthe question I didn’t think of the state, but of the geography. I would hope that theInternet would be ubiquitous, freely available (or at least inexpensive) and with aminimal amount of government regulation (we need some regulation, becausewithout it you couldn’t have things like net neutrality).12. In my work I provide programs and services. Assisted technology is a boon tous, and has enabled our agency to help children and youth enhance their quality oflife. I agree for the need for the net to be flexible, reliable and secure but most of myconcerns relate to accessibility -- whether it’s defined by wealth, education, ability,social position or geography.13. I feel that the Internet needs to be accessible and affordable. It should be a toolthat can be used for community capacity building; to enfranchise thedisenfranchised. It should be connected to the global market not only for commercebut also for education.14. The Internet is one of our history’s fastest growing phenomenon’s, with thelargest impact on society that we've ever experienced. The rate of growth and itsimplications is more than what most people realize. It’s a handful in the first place,but the term “wild west” is due to lack of regulation. It’s been really great for freeaccess, but this has also been our worst enemy. The Internet is an 'inter-network'now around the planet: my concern is that although we love net neutrality, the realsituation is that more and more countries are going to insist on and implementcontrols on information. I would like to see Canada not do this and be a leader innot doing this.
Digital Literacy Consultation, Dartmouth, NS 
15. We are not just about the internet – we are talking about social networkingsystems, social media, everything. My particular interest is in the ability of ourschools to prepare kids for the digital future, and they are currently failing in thisregard. We are dealing with an outdated curriculum; even university professors withtime to focus specifically on this can’t get their heads wrapped around it. And if theycan't, imagine what it’s like for classroom teachers. I hope this process will lead tomeaningful partnerships between industry and schools to help re-conceptualize thenature of curriculum and the nature of pedagogy: and the schools themselves needto be reconfigured.

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