The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) on Thursday announced funding for 24 projects that contribute to CIRA’s goal of building a better online Canada. This announcement builds on an existing $2.2 million investment since 2014 that is helping to create new online services, improve Canada’sInternet infrastructure, support digital literacy programs, and fund research on emerging digital issues.
- CIRA’s Community Investment Program was founded in 2014 with a mission to fund innovative technology projects from the non-profit and research communities that contribute to building a better online Canada. The program, now in its third funding cycle, has distributed over $3 million to 78 projects from coast, to coast, to coast.
- CIRA supports its community investment efforts through revenue from products and services such as the registration of .CA domain names or CIRA’s D-Zone Anycast DNS offering.
- This year’s projects include funding to support research on how Internet use transforms the lives of new immigrants, digital storytelling that maps cyberbullying experiences, as well as several projects to extend Internet services in rural communities.
Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA, said: “CIRA cannot achieve our goal of building a better online alone. Our community investment program is designed to get funding into the hands of front-line organizations that are having an impact on the ground. These resources are critical to many of the projects we’re supporting today and I am pleased that CIRA is able to play the role of catalyst in Canada’s Internet community.”
About CIRA and the Community Investment Program
Through the Community Investment Program, CIRA funds projects that demonstrate the capacity to build a better online Canada. The CIRA team manages Canada’s country code top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-based organization, CIRA represents the interests of Canada’s Internet community internationally.