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Canada’s unique opportunity to lead the future of the internet

By Kathryn Brown      

Now is the time, with Canada’s leadership on the global stage, to reinforce the internet’s bottom-up development so it can continue to innovate and expand as humanity’s promise for opportunity.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed Canada’s support for the multi-stakeholder model when, at the North American Leaders’ Summit in 2016, he affirmed 'the importance of an open, interoperable, resilient, and secure internet, underpinned by the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Our digitally-powered society continually reinforces what everyone now considers a fact of life: the absolute vitality of the internet. Imagine running a business, undertaking a degree or securing a dream job without internet access. Life would be immensely different without the countless connections made online every day. The internet’s promise, to connect everyone and unlock untapped opportunity, is what makes it such a powerful global tool.

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