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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Michael Geist, "In search of a Canadian digital action strategy," Ottawa Citizen, June 16, 2009.

In recent months, there has been growing support for a national digital strategy. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission explicitly identified the need for a strategy in its "new media" decision as have leaders in the technology, telecommunications, broadcast, and education communities.

The issue now appears to be resonating within government. Industry Minister Tony Clement has convened a digital strategy summit later this month, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has emphasized the importance of online platforms, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has pledged to support a national strategy.

  A Canadian digital action plan should do more than present general principles or mirror strategies found elsewhere.

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