The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Frederick Jackson Turner would likely be very pleased with the Canadian Culture Online Program advisory board’s report. Almost as soon as Turner wrote his frontier thesis in 1893, his theory was attacked on all sides. His simple premise, that people who move into the frontier develop new modes of thinking and behaving - and that those modes come back to more “civilized” parts and inform their culture, politics and economics – was criticized soundly. Canadian historians, in particular, love baiting Turner adherents since the frontier experience in this country, marked by the orderly progression of transportation, police, banks and bureaucrats was in such marked contrast to the Wild West experience to the south.  Turner wrote his thesis when the Bureau of the Census declared the frontier closed in 1890. One hundred years later, it’s worth re-visiting again as cyberspace opens up a new and potentially limitless frontier for settlement, and Turner’s language and thought find their way into more mundane government documents.  There is no doubt that behaviour on the new frontier is freer. Academics debate whether cyber-settlers can be fit back into traditional regulatory models. But the evidence is clear that online culture informs and is changing the general culture in irreversable ways. File-sharing and pornography are challenging modern mores and attitudes with new paradigms created largely in chat rooms and bulletin boards where personal freedom is greater than in the real world.  The application of Turner’s thesis on the formation of American democracy to modern cyberspace is a topic worth exploration at length, and the literature reveals a paucity of writing on it to date.  But documents such as the advisory board’s suggested charter, which clearly positions online culture as taking place in a new geographic space akin to Turner’s world west of the Mississippi, makes such an examination more critical than ever.