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.CA Registry CIRA Launches New Community Program, Plans $1M Investment

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Among new allegations that Canada’s electronic spy agency has tracked wireless devices of users in a major airport in the country, one organization is hoping the launch of a new program will “make the Internet better for all Canadians.”

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, or CIRA, is the organization that manages the .CA domain, and is launching a Community Investment Program to provide funding for projects that “enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians.”

While more details of the program are set to be announced next week, CIRA said community groups, non-profits and academic institutions could receive up to $100,000 in funding through the program.

CIRA’s CIP will be investing up to $1,000,000 back into the community through funding amounts that may range in size from $20,000 to $100,000.

The program will consider a wide range of ideas, CIRA says, but the proposals must specifically “articulate how they will benefit the Internet in Canada.”

“CIRA’s top priorities include managing the .CA domain; ensuring Canada’s Internet infrastructure is safe, secure, and stable; and supporting other Internet-related activities in Canada,” Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA said.

“We have always championed initiatives that help Canadians take full advantage of the Internet as one of the greatest drivers of positive social and economic change the world has seen in recent memory,” he said. “With the CIP, we will take this many steps further by making strategic investments that will help other stakeholder groups make the Internet better for all Canadians.”

Proposals can be submitted starting on February 3 and until February 28. The funding decisions will be made by a committee of CIRA board members and community stakeholders.

Domain registries often look for ways to give back to the community which they are targeting. Earlier this month, the .ME Registry launched a new loyalty program offering perks to .ME users.

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