The Internet Society launched a Canadian chapter to represent Internet users on net neutrality, accessibility, and other issues, the group said. The Internet Society is an advocacy group for “the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for everyone,” it said in a release Monday, adding that it is “a global cause-driven organization that is dedicated to ensuring that the Internet remains open and transparent." Free chapter membership is now open on the group's website, the release said. The group said key issues for the Canadian chapter will be net neutrality, including “Internet transparency, freedom of expression and user choice”; technical standards; accessibility to “quality Internet” in rural and remote areas; Internet service provider concentration; and cross-ownership of content owners and Internet providers. The group has more than 65,000 members and 92 chapters around the world, as well as more than 145 organization members, the release said. It said the Canada chapter will be led by interim president Evan Leibovitch and interim vice-president Glenn McKnight. They announced the new chapter Monday at the Mars Discovery District in Toronto at an event sponsored by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). “As an independent voice, the Canada chapter is an integral part of national and regional Internet Society chapters around the world and will work to play a leading role at the policy level in Ottawa and internationally,” McKnight said in a statement. The group said the chapter's membership will shape its priorities, and that it is open to working with other organizations and the technology sector.