India plans to become a key player in global internet governance, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: India, which represents the major part of the population with the highest data consumption, aims to become a key player at the international level in the field of Internet governance and publishes a white paper in the next Three-day Indian Internet Governance Forum (IIGF).

“We are discussing India’s desire to be well represented at the international forum. We plan to publish a white paper that will promote India’s ideas and demands, and why it is important for the world to watch this, ”Anil Kumar Jain, managing director of the National Internet Exchange of India, told ETTElecom ( NIXI).

In addition, the United States, China, and Russia are the primary countries representing Internet governance in United Nations-led forums.

The Ministry of Electronics and Informatics (MeitY) is organizing the IIGF from November 25 to 27, ahead of the 16th annual United Nations event in Poland from December 6 to 10, 2021.

The IIGF is the result of the United Nations initiative in 2006 to locally discuss the role and applications of the Internet in daily life and its societal impact.

Jain added that India hosted the UN IIGF in 2008 but unfortunately was unable to start its own chapter but this is the first time India has decided to start its own. chapter.

“We are in the initial phase of aligning with the concept of the IGF. Now the main UN concept for Internet adoption is multi-party, what they say is a bottom-up approach,” said the top leader.

India is the most data-consuming country and the second-largest broadband subscriber, and produces the largest number of engineers who actually promote broadband globally, he said, adding that the event is a celebration of the meeting of ISPs and users to discuss how the Internet should be governed in India in the future. Additionally, Jain said officials would represent the IIGF at an international forum and expect nearly 5,000 participants from several countries to listen to the three-day deliberations.

Almost 60,000 people, he said, have already expressed interest in participating in the virtual summit.

The deliberations would include open, secure, reliable and responsible regulations on the Internet and cyberspace.

The IIGF would also include a high-level roundtable chaired by IT and Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw as well as Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President Maarten Botterman on “Empowering India”.

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