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Minister Clement to open ICANN 45

.CA host to high-level global meeting on Internet governance

OTTAWA – September 26, 2012 – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (www.cira.ca), the organization that manages the .CA Internet domain, has confirmed the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, as the opening speaker for ICANN 45.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is the organization responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers, including generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) such as .COM and .ORG, country code TLDs such as .CA, and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers communicate over the Internet. As part of its multi-stakeholder approach to the operation of the Internet, ICANN holds three meetings per year around the globe. CIRA is the proud host of the next meeting, ICANN 45, taking place at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle hotel from October 14 to 19.

ICANN 45 will welcome Internet leaders and key Internet policy decision-makers from around the world for high-level discussions related to keeping the Internet open, secure, stable and interoperable. Several sessions at the event will focus on the process to create and manage hundreds of new gTLDs, which will add to the 22 currently in existence.

ICANN’s emphasis on maintaining an Internet governance model that is open, transparent and grass roots aligns with the Government of Canada’s efforts to promote digital openness and innovation through its Action Plan on Open Government. The Action Plan was announced by Minister Clement in April to provide Canadians with greater opportunities to dialogue directly with government and provide access, through its Open Data portal, to all kinds of newly available government datasets.

“We are proud to have been chosen by ICANN to host this important forum and to have secured Minister Clement’s support and participation,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. “This is a rare opportunity to showcase to the world Canada’s digital leadership.”

“The Internet is a powerful tool for spurring innovation and opening up the lines of communication,” said Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board. “It is the invention of our generation and harnessing the internet’s power is key to Canada’s long term prosperity.”

Minister Clement will speak on October 15 at 9:00 am ET.

Anyone can attend ICANN 45. For more information or to register, please visit www.cira.ca/icann45/index.php.

It is also possible to participate remotely in ICANN 45 meetings and sessions. For more information, please visit http://meetings.icann.org/remote-participation. 

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About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the Member-driven organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

For additional information, please contact:

Tanya O’Callaghan
Communications Manager
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262
tanya.ocallaghan@cira.ca

Leo Valiquette
inmedia Public Relations
613) 769-9479
lvaliquette@inmedia.com