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Who we are
OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that fights for the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy.
We empower people to participate in Internet governance through fresh & engaging citizens’ campaigns. We’re known for co-ordinating Stop The Meter, the largest online campaign in Canadian history, involving over half-a-million people. We’ve proven that the pro-Internet community can come together and make change.
Our campaigns are citizen-driven, and our small team relies on grassroots donations to make our work possible. Support us at http://openmedia.ca/donate.
OpenMedia.ca works to engage, educate, and empower citizens to defend and advance their communication interests, values, and rights.Engage: Through online campaigns and participatory events that resonate with everyday people, and civic engagement around media and communications policy in Canada.
Educate: Through events and online resources.
Empower: With online tools and open processes that enable citizens to advance their vision for open media.
Our programs, tools, and campaigns serve as an incubator for a community of advocates for open and innovative media. We provide resources for volunteer organizers, collaboration tools, and leadership development.
OpenMedia.ca operates as a network of organizations and people who have come together to advance fundamental democratic principles that we feel should guide media, telecommunications, and cultural policymaking in Canada.
OpenMedia.ca is a network of organizations that have come together based on the following principles:
Every citizen, business and civic institution in Canada must have access to a high-speed, world-class communications and media infrastructure. Fast, affordable Internet access is a cornerstone for access to news and information, economic development, participatory democracy and healthy communities. Media, telecommunications and information policy in Canada should be more transparent, with broader and more representative public participation.
Every Canadian should enjoy real choice and diverse options for news, online content and Internet service providers. Fostering real options for Internet access and content will help lower prices and increase Internet speeds, strengthening Canada's digital future. To ensure choice is informed, we believe citizens need access to media literacy, knowledge, and media production programs more than ever before.
Canada's communications infrastructure, media ecology and policy framework should promote diversity and support cultural creators, media workers, citizen producers and consumers. Diverse Canadian ownership models, including independent, non-profit, campus, community, and public media, help to ensure more diverse content and voices. An Open, non-discriminatory Internet is a precursor to media and communication diversity.
Canada needs a media system and digital infrastructure that drives innovation at all levels - social innovation, media innovation, and economic innovation. The Internet should continue to foster free expression, entrepreneurship, spread new ideas, and serve as an engine for Canada's innovation economy.
An open media system is essential to our democracy. Every Canadian should enjoy basic communication rights, including freedom of expression, privacy and access to information online and off, without gatekeepers or discrimination. We advocate for Net Neutrality rules that ensure Canadian Internet users have open access to the applications and content of their choice. Open standards should be adopted for telecommunication networks, data, documents, software, maps, governance, and other media wherever possible.
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