With the diverse complex and competing priorities and debates surrounding internet governance, it is absolutely natural to hear our voice (reasoning, intellect, intelligence). However, it is also important that we also take the time to “pause” to hear other voices. Recognizing that there is room for everyone. Much wisdom will be needed to steer us into the days ahead and there is always room for dialogue.
Some of the significant initiatives of Government of India on Internet Governance as outlined on their website is listed below for ready reference.
• Pragmatic Efficient Reliable Internetworking Solution Using Consumer-Centric Omnipresent Ethernet.
• Develop a Self-Managed Network Solution – Research & Development in Network to Measurement and QoS
• Migration to IPv6 from IPv4
• Mobile IPv6 by ERNET
• Development of Information Forensic Framework for Secure E-Voting System
• Development of Intelligent Search Engine for “Concept Extraction Contextual Data Retrieval”
• Internationalized Domain Names – Implementation for Indian Languages
• Development Implementation of IDN Policies
• Open Source Web Browser for the Blind People
• Establishment of a National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)
• Establishment of .IN Internet Domain Registry
• Awareness Programmes
• ICANN – Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Secretariat in DIT, New Delhi
• Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
• Virtualized Cloud Computing Infrastructure Using Light-trails and Very Fast Switching
• Global Internet Governance and Advocacy (GIGA)
• Deploying Omnipresent Ethernet Based Data-Centers in Actual Networks – Validation of Project Periscope
• India the Impact of Broadband –Assessment Report
In a world with continued and competing demands for resources, we see the diverse crises besetting our world whether they are energy, food or water, So it is imperative that with so many initiatives lined up in just Internet Governance by Government of India, the focus will continue to shift from one to another based on the demand created by the activity on the same in the world space.
Example : Some of the initiatives which are listed like NiXi, IPv6 transition are something which have been taken in letter and spirit by the Government Departments. Others are more academic in nature and as such the involvement of public at large is not there and could not be envisaged as well.
However, the intent is definitely there by GOI and is highly appreciated. It is our endeavor now as citizens to take it forward in whatever way we can and the fundamental is to talk on the subject. I begin to appreciate that the challenges that lie in our tomorrow cannot be addressed if we do not come around the table to dialogue. One of the interesting comments is that dialogue will require all parties to dialogue on anything related to Internet and its governance. The party can be civil society, business, regulator, government, user, academics, or technologists.
Multistakeholder approach is the founding stone of Internet Governance and To have a meaningful dialogue in a multistakeholder format requires wisdom. We Indians since independence have handled so many competing priorities, diverse landscape and multi ethnic society, that with the right focus on the subject we can propel ourselves to a position wherein we can actively say what is good for us and the world and believe me it will be heard.
With the new government and a PM believing in action taking seat, I feel the initiatives will get a timeline attached to it with quantifiable goals.