Attendees also heard about Net Good by CIRA—which takes revenue from .CA registrations and CIRA cybersecurity services and puts it towards infrastructure, online safety and policy initiatives that improve Canada’s internet for all.
A major area of focus for Net Good is the CIRA grant program, which supports community-led internet projects across Canada. Two organizations that recently received CIRA grants were on-hand to share their stories.
First was the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC), who received $1.25 million to support new broadband infrastructure, as well as digital literacy and cybersecurity skills for Indigenous students in rural and remote communities across the country. Second was the BC Civil Liberties Association, whose digital literacy program is helping youth understand their digital rights and manage online privacy.