About this site
I am a public policy researcher and free lance writer with a particular interest in communications issues, especially telecom policy.
I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. As a director elected on CIRA's member slate (one elected each year), I see my role as representing member's interests. I welcome any ideas from members on how to fulfill that role. I also serve on CIRA's Community Investment Program Advisory Committee. CIP offers over $1M annually for creative research, community and infrastructure projects that facilitate Canadian use of the Internet.
I am also on the Board of directors of the Canadian chapter of the Internet Society (ISCC) and am working towards playing a greater role in the Internet Society for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
I have contributed to the communications chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
As a co-investigor with a University of Toronto based 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 this work are published in "Connecting Canadians; Investigations in Community Infomatics" (Athabasca University Press, 2012)).
I am the President of Telecommunities Canada and have worked closely with community-based networking projects, especially those delivering the now discontinued "Community Access Sites" (CAP) program. 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. Many of these sites have restructured their funding and continue to provide services in communities
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.
From 2005-2014, I was also a sessional lecturer in the department of Technology, Society and Environment Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.
last updated Mar.22, 2016