KevinForCIRA.ca: Strong leadership for Canada's Internet

*Cross Posted to OpenMedia.ca/blog*

Did you know that Canada's Internet is democratically governed, just like the country itself? Similar to electing political representatives, Canadians can elect representatives to guide how the Internet is run in Canada. Those representatives make decisions and key recommendations on policy issues - like whether usage-based billing is implemented or if the US Government can decide who Canadians can communicate with online.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), is a democratically governed organization that enforces the responsible management of the dot-ca registry and addresses the day-to-day challenges facing Canada's Internet. Just like electing a politician to represent your views about how the country should be run, you can elect the CIRA board to represent your views about how the country's Internet should be run.

Every year, CIRA holds elections, and like all elections, CIRA's elections are only as powerful as those who participate in them. So, if you've supported SaveOurNet.ca or Stop The Meter in the past, I need your help today. All you need is a dot-ca domain and to register to vote on their website.

On September 28th, 2011, vote for Kevin McArthur for CIRA's Board of Directors.

My name is Kevin McArthur and I've been involved in the pro-Internet movement for the better part of a decade. From founding neutrality.ca to collaborations with OpenMedia.ca and many others, I've done what I can to ensure that the Internet remains an open, democratic, and transformative space for all Canadians.

In this year's CIRA election, I've been nominated by OpenMedia's own Steve Anderson and I'm hoping that with your help, I'll be elected to the Board of Directors. My election platform is fully public and can be found at https://www.kevinforcira.ca. I hope you take the time to read through the issues I want to address as they're of critical importance to the continued prosperity of Canada's Internet.

Once you're ready to help, here's what you need to know:

The CIRA election process involves several simple steps which you can complete entirely online.

1. The process begins by registering to become a CIRA member, which will give you the right to vote in CIRA elections. Anyone with a dot-ca domain is eligible to become a CIRA member for free. Once you're a member, you are entitled to vote. You will have to scan a piece of identification, such as your driver's license.

If you're not a CIRA member, please become one now by registering at: http://member.cira.ca

2. Once you are a member, I need your support. Between August 25th and September 8th, visit the CIRA election's website at http://elections.cira.ca, click on "Show of Support" and follow the instructions provided there.

3. Then, between Sepember 21st and September 28th, you need to VOTE! You can vote at http://elections.cira.ca by clicking on "Vote" and following the instructions provided. Put it on your calendar.

If elected, I'll do my very best to bring the pro-Internet ideals of increased Internet access, competition, transparency and choice to the governance of CIRA. I'll expand consultations with Canadians about what the future of the Internet should be. I'll push hard for the deployment of the latest technologies and security measures and I'll stand up for the rights of all Canadians to determine our own policy on copyright, lawful content and Internet surveillance, by taking a principled stand for Canadian Sovereignty online.

With our collective voice, I know we can truly make a difference and keep the Internet an open and democratic place for all Canadians. Please register, and vote for me on August 25th and September 28th.

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Kevin McArthur
https://www.kevinforcira.ca