What does the Internet mean to you? Are you concerned about who owns your digital data? Do you want to make a difference in reducing the impact of fake news and cyber-bullying? On October 23-24, 2020, Canadians from across the country will gather (virtually) to share their views on the future of the internet. The Canadian Dialogue is part of the Global Dialogue on the Future of the Internet, taking place in more than 70 countries across the world. The results of the Dialogue will be shared with Canadian and international policy-makers who are making decisions that affect your digital life.

Join us to share your views on the Internet! This is not an experts’ dialogue. Rather, we are seeking participants from across Canada, representing the great diversity of the country’s mosaic. Space is limited, so sign-up today! It is your chance to participate in decision-making that will shape your digital life. 

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Interested in joining the Global Dialogue? Register here!

“We, the Internet” will bring together some 100 Canadians from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds to share their views on key questions that shape our digital lives. The agenda for the event can be found here

The discussions will take place over four online sessions where participants will learn and share their views:

Session 1. The Internet and Me – What do we use the internet for? What do we love about it? What do we hate or fear about it? What would we like to change? (October 23, 12:00-14:00 EDT)

Session 2. My Digital Data – What trails of our personal data do we leave in cyberspace? Who can see and use my data? Who should own or benefit from my data? What can I do to better control my exposure online? (October 23, 15:00-17:00 EDT)

Session 3. The Digital Public Sphere – How has the internet changed our access to information? What about misinformation and disinformation? How can it be challenged, countered, or controlled? Should there be limits on what we are allowed to say online? (October 24, 12:00-14:00 EDT)

Session 4. Artificial Intelligence – What is it? Why does it matter? What is AI, and how is it changing our lives? What is AI improving? What is AI threatening? What/who controls and shapes AI? What are some of the ethical dilemmas? (October 24, 15:00-17:00 EDT)

The Canadian Dialogue will feed into the Global Report that captures the views of  thousands of ordinary people from around the world on the future of the Internet. The Global Report will be discussed at the next global Internet Governance Forum and at future United Nations debates on Internet Governance.

2020 Global Deliberation Day in numbers

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150+

ORGANIZATIONS implementing the deliberations

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100+

COUNTRIES involved

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24+

months of VISIBILITY AND ENGAGEMENT

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10,000+

citizens in FACE-TO-FACE DIALOGUE