Save the Internet: Net Neutrality Townhall at nextMEDIA

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Along with fellow Internet Superheros (Webby Award winning Matt “SaveTheInternet” Thompson, Amber “GeekMedia Girl” MacArthur, Jason “The Digital Sage” Roks and Kris “Open Source Rockstar” Krüg), I facilitated a community townhall conversation at nextMEDIA’s final session on Sunday to raise awareness of the net neutrality issue among independent new media content producers. I’m really happy with how it went and proud of our band of heroes. (Tip: nextMEDIA Banff: great conference in a beautiful location!)

With the support of nextMEDIA organizer Mark Greenspan, we wanted to open a conversation that has been under the radar in Canada – mainly in geek circles and in backrooms until now. Megan Cole thanked us and told us it was the best session at nextMEDIA and should have opened the conference – we were flattered. More importantly, we have gathered together a new community of content creators who want to continue the conversation and we committed to doing that. Mission Accomplished. Great work, Superfriends!

Excitable funding-seekers missed out on the fun to listen to Heritage Minister Bev Oda’s announcement of renewed funding for the Canada New Media Fund, but will no doubt hear the buzz. Video will be published of the session, which I’ll share/link to when it’s available. (more after the jump)

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