"In my Jan. 2009 column I encouraged readers to make
opening the media in Canada their 2010 resolution. I asserted that
2010 would be a pivotal year for communities working to open
communication in Canada and beyond. And so here we are in 2011, and
it appears that indeed there is a growing community focused on
openness, the open Internet at its core.
"For example, Over 22,000 people and counting have signed the
Stop The Meter petition, demonstrating widespread discontent with
big telecom companies who are attempting to hogtie competing indie
Internet service providers (ISPs) and make the Internet much more
expensive to use.
"Add to this the global movement to defend the open platform of
information that is Wikileaks, and many other initiatives like the
Mozilla Drumbeat project, and we can see a community gathering in
favour of open communication, both domestically and
internationally. While there's more work to be done in coalescing
this community under a common frame, progress is being made."