Under the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum and the recommendations in Guterres’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, the panel was set up
India’s Alkesh Kumar Sharma has been appointed to a panel of eminent experts on internet governance by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday. Sharma, Electronics and Information Technology Secretary of India, is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the Kerala cadre.
Also, the internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Reesa were appointed to the 10-member Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel, Guterres’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.
Additionally, Amandeep Singh Gill, Guterres’ envoy on technology, will also be on the panel.
Under the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum and the recommendations in Guterres’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, the panel was set up.
The panel’s role is to provide strategic advice to the Internet Governance Forum and to deal with “strategic and urgent issues” of the Internet.
For Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Sharma, a former secretary in the Cabinet secretariat, he has also worked with the UN Development Programme as the national project director.
Gill, a former diplomat, who was the chief executive officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR), had been India’s permanent representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament.
For being one of the developers of the internet’s architecture and the TCP/IP, which are the standards that enable devices and programmes to communicate over digital networks, Cerf is sometimes called “the father of the internet”.
Reesa, a Filipino-American journalist who had been arrested in her home country Philippines, received the Nobel Prize in recognition of her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression”.
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