About this site
I am a public policy researcher and free lance writer with a particular interest in communications issues.
As a research associate for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, I contribute to the communications chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget.
As a co-investigor with the University of Toronto based Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking, a SSHRC-funded research project, I spent five years (2002-2005) studying the effects of Industry Canada's "Connecting Canadians" program at the level of local public internet sites. Results of the work of this group are forthcoming from the University of Athabasca press.
As a member of the board of directors of Telecommunities Canada, I have worked closely with "Community Access Sites" (CAP) to keep this program on the radar at the federal level. The CAP program was established by Industry Canada in 1994 to ensure that all Canadians had access to the internet via public internet access sites.
Telecom policy has been one of my major areas of interest for 15 years. I have co-edited (with Leslie Regan Shade) a number of collections of readings on telecom policy in Canada. The most recent " The Internet Tree; Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0" was published in June 2011.
I am currently also a sessional lecturer in the department of Technology, Society and Environment Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.