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  • Comments on the TRAI consultation Paper on Regulatory framework for Over the Top services

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has called for comments on its consultation paper on regulatory framework for Over the Top services, which is accessible at page http://trai.gov.in/WriteReaddata/ConsultationPaper/Document/OTT-CP-27032015.pdf I have submitted the following comments: Comments on the Consultation Paper on Regulatory frameworks for Over the Top Services The Regulatory framework as proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is an alarm. The Members of Parliament and the common man alike needs to be concerned about the implications of TRAI’s sphere or authority expanded to include the Internet which would interfere to alter the fundamental nature of the Internet: TRAI Read more…

  • European Summer School of Internet Governance calls for Applications

    FOR THE INTERNET GOVERNANCE LEADERS OF TOMORROW: LEARNING IN A MULTI STAKEHOLDER ENVIRONMENT MEISSEN / GERMANY, 26 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2015 (posted as announced) Do you want to understand the multilayer, multi player mechanisms of Internet Governance? Do you want to know what the political, economic, social and legal implications of Internet Governance are? Do you want to learn what is behind cryptic acronyms like ICANN, RIR, DNS, ccTLD, gTLD, iDN, IPv6, ISP, IETF, W3C, IAB, WHOIS, GAC, IGF, WGIG and WSIS? Do want to get more detailed information about technical Internet standards, protocols, codes, domain names, IP addresses, Read more…

  • RoundTable at the Asia Internet Symposium: What can India bring to Internet Governace AIS Chennai RoundTable

    Asia Internet Symposium Chennai, was organized around the theme “India in the Free and Open Global Internet” in two sessions. Full Playlist starts with the inaugural introduction to the Event, followed by the recordings of speeches by the Invitees including the Key Note Speaker, in turn followed by the recording of Round Table Session ( bit.ly/aischennai  look for the video titled “AIS Chennai 2014 – Roundtable: What can India bring to Internet Governance?”) followed by Closing Remarks on the intended follow up.   The event brought together local Community Leaders from different stakeholder groups and created awareness on the participation opportunities Read more…

  • Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum: Call for proposals Asia Pacific rIGF, Macau

    Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum APrIGF 2015 Macau 30 Jun – 3 Jul 2015 Venetian Hotel Macao http://2015.rigf.asia Open Call for Themes and Workshop Proposals Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) is one of the key regional initiatives on Internet governance which provides an open platform for multi-stakeholders to discuss and identify issues and priorities, and ultimately advances the development of Internet governance in the Asia Pacific region as well as bring forward and contribute to the wider global Internet community. Hosted by HNET.Asia, the registry for the ccTLD of Macau (.mo), APrIGF 2015 will be held from 30 Read more…

  • OneWebDay 2014 – Recognizing Core Internet Values

    OneWebDay, held on September 22 every year since 2006, is a global event aimed at giving all participants in this unprecedented turn in human evolution that is the Internet a chance not only to celebrate it, but also to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining the open-networking principles that have made it the success it is. OneWebDay 2014 will be held on Monday 22 September 2014. The suggested theme for this year’s events is to Recognizing Internet Core Values. These core values can be defined as End-to-End, Open Standards, Universal Access, and Freedom of Expression. For OneWebDay in 2014 we suggest the viewing/reposting of the Read more…

  • Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APRIGF) 2014 in India

    The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) 2014 is hosted in New Delhi along with SANOG 24th Edition and Youth Internet Governance Forum (YIGF) 2014 in the Hotel Crown Plaza, Greater Noida from 1st August to 9th August, 2014. Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) has been held annually since initiated in 2010 in Hong Kong. The APrIGF serves as a platform for aggregating IGF related discussions and collaborations at the regional level, which ultimately advances the Internet governance development in Asia Pacific. The main theme of APRIGF 2014 is “Internet to Equinet – An Equitable Internet for Read more…

  • Vint Cerf explains NTIA oversight transition

    Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) manages Internet Number resources. The NTIA of the United States has maintained a role of oversight over the coordination of the IANA functions, but has recently announced its intention to transition the oversight function to the multi-stakeholder community. Vint Cerf is a father of the Internet—and he made this video to clear up some confusion about who manages the Internet’s address book in the video below. ( http://www.google.com/takeaction/vint/video.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=google&utm_content=4+-+httpstakeactionwithgooglecomusvintvideo&utm_campaign=20140723VintColbert1-US-actives2&source=20140723VintColbert1-US-actives2 )

  • Letter to the Government of India on India’s position on IANA Transition and Multi-Stakeholder model of Internet Governance

    Recently the National Telecommunications and Information Association of United States announced its intention to step down from this role of oversight by asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). In this background, Government of India has made an initial Statement on the transition of oversight of IANA functions from NTIA to multi-stakeholder oversight. Extracts from the letter from the Government of India as initial statement on transition copied below, with our Read more…

  • Report by the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms

    The Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms released its final report on how to evolve the Internet governance ecosystem. The report also presents a roadmap and timeline for the future management of the Internet.

  • Join us on a letter to the Government of India to keep the Internet Free and Open

    Recently the National Telecommunications and Information Association of United States announced its intention to step down from this role of oversight by asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The Government of India provided the following input, signed by Shri J Satyanarayana, Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, whom I have an occasion to meet at the Internet Governance Forum at Baku, Azerbaizan two years ago.  The Comments at the Read more…

Archive for March 27, 2012

Global INET: Imagining the Future Internet

Join Vint Cerf, Leonard Kleinrock, Mitchell Baker, Lynn St. Amour and other key panelists at Global INET 2012! Meet hundreds of policy makers, technologists, government representatives and business executives to discuss the positive impacts of the Internet, past, present and future.Take this opportunity to: Work together on critical topics that will shape the future of Read more…


March 27th, 2012 by | Posted in Internet, News | No Comments

A document from 39 years ago: Western Concern for Privacy in the age of Computers

Common Concerns [ This was in 1973, 39 years ago, when “when computers ran on steam and the internet was still largely mechanical”. I was led to this document from a message posted by Karl Auerbach in the At Large mailing list today ] Most of the advanced industrial nations of Western Europe and North Read more…


S0PA: 387 Indian ISPs must block 104 piratical websites

The recent Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), considered and eventually abandoned by the US Congress after rancorous debate earlier this year, proposed giving judges the power to cut off American access to particular websites. Under the initial version of the bill, judges would have been able order Internet service providers to use only crude tools Read more…


March 16th, 2012 by | Posted in censorship, IGF, Internet, NetNeutrality, News | No Comments

Reporters without Borders name “Enemies of the Internet”

Bahrain and Belarus have been added to Reporters Without Borders’ annual list of “enemies of the internet” They join 10 other nations on the campaign group’s register of states that restrict net access, filter content and imprison bloggers. India and Kazakhstan have also joined RWB’s list of “countries under surveillance” because of concerns that they are becoming Read more…


EFF argues that patents hinder innovation

Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded, issues questionable patents every day. “Patent trolls” buy too many of these patents and then misuse the patent system to shake down companies big and small. Others still use patents to limit competition Read more…


March 5th, 2012 by | Posted in News, technology | No Comments