CIRA election results are in.

The 2011 CIRA election is now complete and four new directors were elected to the board. Unfortunately, I came second place on the members slate, which means I was not elected to the board this year.

I would like to thank CIRA's board members and staff for running the election in a fair and unbiased manner, and for executing the AGM so flawlessly. I would also like to thank Steve Anderson and all the OpenMedia.ca staff, Herb Lainchbury with OpenDataBC, Tamir Israel with CIPPIC, Kim Perkins, Michael Geist, Paul Andersen, Kerry Brown, Chris Parsons, Rob Wipond, David Bratzer and everyone else who really made it crystal clear that there is a democratic voice alive for Internet governance within the CIRA membership and Canadian public.

So what's next for CIRA?

The next year will be challenging for CIRA. The incoming board and staff will need to act quickly and decisively to emerging threats to our Internet while also recognizing and capitalizing on development opportunities that will lead to a safer and more secure Canadian Internet ecosystem.

Over the next year I hope that CIRA becomes more politically active, and lends their powerful voice to the Internet policy discussion occurring in this country and on the world stage. To be successful, I believe CIRA must engage in formal protests over gTLD domain seizures and must develop the tools, technologies and policies needed to protect our digital sovereignty.

CIRA must also become an advocacy organization and evangelize IPv6, DNSSEC, ENUM and all the other amazing technologies that the Canadian Internet must adopt in order to grow. They need to make big bets, and take on a complimentary role to the CRTC when it comes to Canadian Internet governance. They need to stand up for their right to communicate NXDOMAIN to Canadian Internet subscribers without ISPs interfering with their message.

Finally, CIRA must work to restore trust and security to our Internet by offering Certificate Authority services to Canadians. CIRA is uniquely situated to address this issue for all dot-ca websites, and with a little leadership could make Canada's ccTLD the most secure and an envy of the world.

I would also like to congratulate the other candidates who put their names forward for consideration and would invite you all to join in the pro-Internet policy movement which is forming in Canada. While CIRA is extremely important to our development, there are many other wonderful opportunities to build a more progressive and open Internet in Canada and I would welcome your assistance.

Thanks to all who voted for me and please stay tuned for future opportunities to support the open Internet.