04/15/2013 11:07 EDT | Updated 06/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Canadian chapter of advocacy group Internet Society launches

TORONTO - A Canadian chapter of the Internet Society, which advocates on digital issues on behalf of all web users, is officially open for membership.

Canada is the last G20 nation to have a national branch of the Internet Society launched within its borders.

The group said it will involve itself with issues including net neutrality, rural accessibility, Internet service provider concentration, and cross-ownership of content providers by Internet carriers.

It will also defend Canadian interests at an international level.

The Canada chapter of the organization is helmed by interim president Evan Leibovitch and interim vice president Glenn McKnight.

The Internet Society has more than 65,000 members in 92 chapters around the world.

Anyone can apply for free membership in the Canadian Internet Society at