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March 8, 2015

Marita Moll (photo)Last updated: Dec. 18, 2018 

I am a public policy researcher and free lance writer with a particular interest in communications issues, especially telecom policy.

From 2015-2018, I served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).  As a director elected on CIRA's member slate (one elected each year), I saw my role as representing member's interests. I was a member of  CIRA's Community Investment Program Advisory Committee for 5 years, co-chairing for one year. CIP offers over $1M annually for innovative research, community and infrastructure projects that support use of the Internet in Canada. 

I am currently representing the North American Regional At-large Organization on the At-large Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  I have also served on the Board of directors of the Canadian chapter of the Internet Society (ISCC).

I am the President of Telecommunities Canada and have worked closely with community-based networking projects, especially those delivering the now discontinued "Community Access Sites" (CAP) program. The CAP program was established by  Industry Canada in 1994 to ensure that all Canadians had access to the internet via public internet access sites.  Many of these sites have restructured their funding and continue to provide services in communities. 

 I have  co-edited (with Leslie Regan Shade) a number of collections of readings on telecom policy in Canada.  The most recent " The Internet Tree; Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0" was published in June 2011.

As a co-investigator with a University of Toronto based SSHRC-funded research project, I spent five years (2002-2005) studying the effects of then Industry Canada's "Connecting Canadians" program at the level of local public internet sites. Results of this work are published in " Connecting Canadians; Investigations in Community Infomatics" (Athabasca University Press, 2012)).

From 2005-2014, I was also a sessional lecturer in the department of Technology, Society and Environment Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Marita Moll