Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

Byron Holland says Canada made “absolutely the right decision” when it walked away from international negotiations that pitted nations in favour of a free and open Internet against states seeking heightened control over their citizens’ use of the Web.

The president and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the industry body that manages the .ca domain name registry, was part of a Canadian delegation that accompanied federal government representatives to the UN-backed World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai.

The Internet was sacrificed for the benefit of governments who typically do not have good human rights records or democratic traditions

“There was a construct set up between those who want to maintain the free and open nature of the Internet and those who would like to see it brought under the control and increased surveillance power of individual states,” Mr. Holland said in an interview Tuesday.

“My parting comment…

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