Canadian Internet Registration Authority invests $1 million in nonprofit digital projects

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The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, an organization dedicated to supporting Canada’s internet community, has dedicated $1 million in funding to 24 digital projects that improve on Canada’s internet infrastructure.

The investment is part of CIRA’s Community Investment Program, which 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 across Canada.

“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,” said Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA. “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.”

Projects funded include the creation of a digital security centre to provide training services for issues related to internet privacy, the development of a 12-week digital literacy program for the Aboriginal community, and workshops that help low-income Canadians better access the internet.

For a full list of funded projects, check out the list here.

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Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.