The India Internet Governance Forum will adopt a multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance which has been the cornerstone of the Internet’s success globally
The Government, to better ensure that India’s 800 million and growing Internet users are better represented at a global level, announced the launch of the local chapter of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum that will act as a platform for discussing policies related to the internet. Led by Anil Kumar Jain, CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India, the India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) will be constituted by around 12 members from across the government, civil society, industry and associations.
Other members will include Broadband India Forum president T V Ramchandran, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research president Jaijeet Bhattacharya, and former director general of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing Rajat Moona.
“India is the second-largest broadband subscription country in the world and also has the highest data consumption per user per month. Therefore, the aspirations of the Indians should be reflected in International policy formation and stakeholder discussion”, said Jain, who will be the chairman of the coordination committee of India Internet Governance Forum.
Jain added, including broadening the access of the Internet to hundreds of millions of non-English speaking users, specifically in the 22 languages that India officially recognises the initiative would ensure that the growth of the broadband adheres to the lifestyle and requirements of Indians.
The India Internet Governance Forum will adopt a multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance which has been the cornerstone of the Internet’s success globally, which is also the model adopted by the UN’s Internet Governance Forum and The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
With an aim to engage the youth and other state government stakeholder, apart from the main three day event in October, starting in August the India Internet Governance Forum will conduct several engagement events at colleges and universities across India.