May 11, 2016, registration starting at 7 pm
YWCA Hotel (CanFor Room)
733 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC

The Cana­di­an Insti­tute for Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Soci­ety (CIIPS Soci­ety) will hold its annu­al gen­er­al meet­ing and elec­tion of Direc­tors on May 11, 2016.

The Annu­al Report and Finan­cial State­ments for 2015 and the min­utes of the last Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing will be con­sid­ered by the mem­bers of the Soci­ety.

Please con­tact act­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Dar­rell Evans if you can­not attend the meet­ing in per­son, and wish to vote by proxy.

Peo­ple may sign up for mem­ber­ship at the AGM.

Overcoming Canada’s Digital Disconnect

Wednes­day May 11, 2015, 8:30 pm
YWCA Hotel (Can­for Room)
733 Beat­ty Street, Van­cou­ver, BC

The dig­i­tal divide under­mines people’s right in a democ­ra­cy to access the infor­ma­tion they need to be informed and active cit­i­zens. And that, in turn, fur­ther accen­tu­ates polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic inequal­i­ty. While some in soci­ety pur­chase ever-more devices and enjoy high-speed Inter­net access, oth­ers are get­ting left behind—to all of our detri­ment.

j_tabishJosh Tabish, Cam­paigns Direc­tor at Open­Media, will speak to us about anoth­er way for­ward in his talk to the May 11 annu­al gen­er­al meet­ing of CIIPS Soci­ety. With the Inter­net inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized as essen­tial infra­struc­ture for a healthy democ­ra­cy, his talk will explore how we can ensure that Canada’s Inter­net is afford­able, high qual­i­ty, and acces­si­ble to all. And he will dis­cuss par­tic­u­lar research and edu­ca­tion projects that he thinks CIIPS should con­sid­er pur­su­ing.

Dur­ing the recent nation­al con­sul­ta­tion of the Cana­di­an Radio-tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (CRTC), scores of pub­lic-inter­est stake­hold­ers have told the CRTC that broad­band Inter­net con­nec­tiv­i­ty should be viewed as an essen­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vice and that it must be viewed as a basic ser­vice for all res­i­dents of Cana­da.

Josh’s pas­sion is the dri­ve for open com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems. Before join­ing Open­Media in 2013, he coor­di­nat­ed the Media Democ­ra­cy Project and the Coun­ter­Cul­ture Series at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty. And he’s devot­ed time to sev­er­al grass­roots media reform ini­tia­tives includ­ing the inau­gur­al Slut­Walk Van­cou­ver in 2011.

Come meet Josh and par­tic­i­pate in an inter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion at our AGM.

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