Open Call for India Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG)

Open Call for Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewal for 2013

The Multistakeholder Advisory Group 2012 (MAG-12) has been instrumental in planning the program for India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC) related meetings and main conference during August-October 2012. IIGC was held in New Delhi on 4th and 5th October 2012, with onsite participation of over 350 delegates, and 60 speakers including 15 international presenters. The meeting hosted 14 parallel sessions which discussed domestic and international issues related to internet governance. Each session including multistakeholder participants from government, private sector, civil society, academia/ technological community and international organizations. A separate youth debate on internet governance (You-DIG) was also held as a youth initiative during the IIGC. Women constituted nearly 25% of the MAG membership in 2012
The IIGC drew its inspiration from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and was regarded as a preparatory step towards the formation of an India IGF.

Multistakeholder Nominations invited for 2013

Nominations are invited from all stakeholder groups for MAG 2013 through this open call. The constitution of MAG 2013 will be broadly consistent with the principles and practice followed by other in-country and regional IGFs. Government, private sector, civil society, academia, technical community, international organizations and youth are welcome to submit names of candidates. Successful nominees will become part of MAG 2013 for a period of one year and will contribute to the multi-stakeholder consultation process, bringing the perspectives of their respective multistakeholder groups on internet governance.

Nominees should be members who have actively participated in internet governance initiatives, meetings or related activities in the past. Current MAG 2012 members can resubmit their names for re-nomination to MAG 2013. MAG 2012 members and multistakeholder groups are expected to publicize this nomination process widely.

Submission of Names

Please submit the names of nominees for the MAG 2013, by 5:30 pm on 14th February 2013, via email:, using the attached submission template. The aim is to rotate a section of MAG 2012 members, including those who seek to voluntarily step down. Selection and Operation Principles:

  • MAG members are selected to achieve a balance among all stakeholder groups, while retaining sectorial and gender representation;
    All MAG members serve in their personal capacity but are expected to have extensive linkages with their respective stakeholder groups;
    The main task of MAG is to provide advice on the program and main themes for the next meeting on internet governance during 2013. This includes ensuring fair and inclusive representation of issues, especially those concerning women and marginalized stakeholders or users.
    Where nominees have an express interest in further strengthening multistakeholder Internet governance in India, and the wider processes around it, this will be seen as a distinct advantage, as MAG members ideally will play a leading role in these debates as well.
    MAG members are expected to strengthen bottom up, democratic decision making process including outreach, and program development around main theme of the meetings.
    MAG members are expected to attend at least 4 MAG meetings in Delhi, and a few conference calls, in addition to the annual 2/3 day meeting. They are expected to participate actively in the preparatory process throughout the year, through engagement in the online and open dialogue among MAG members.

MAG 2013: Nomination Form
(Please submit this form in .doc or .PDF format).

Title ( Ms. / Mr. ):
First name:
Other names:
Job Title(s):
Postal Address:
Contact Email:
Contact Mobile:
Contact: Telephone ( Please indicate the city code) :
Stakeholder Group: (tick one)
Civil Society:
Technical Community:
Private Sector:
Youth:Nominated by:
Existing MAG-12 member
Name of nominee’s organization or MAG member (not be filled in case of self-nomination )

Nominator’s Contact email:

Nominator’ Contact Telephone:

Brief relevant descriptive biography of not more than 400 words: (separate sheet attached)For Official Use Only:

Others: ______________________________________________________________________Brief relevant descriptive biography of not more than 400 words:

[To also include any direct or indirect experience in the area of internet governance or related activities]

Internet govInternet Society India Chennai Chapter, we could send a nomination. Please send your suggestions by email to isocindiachennai (at) gmail (dot) com

IETF Draft on Media Without Censorship (Censorfree)

Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force, its areas, and its working groups, for review after which it may be introduced as an RFC for comments. Johan Pouwelse has introduced an “Internet Draft” at the Internet Engineering Task Force which describes some scenarios in which one can imagine that the ability of an authoritarian regime to censor news is reuced. The Censorfree objective is to standardize the protocols for micro-blogging on smart phones with a focus on security and censorship resistance.

All RFCs are first published as Internet-Drafts (I-Ds). A well-formed RFC starts with a well-formed Internet-Draft. Please see the Internet-Drafts page on the IETF site for policy and submission guidelines, as it is authoritative regarding Internet-Drafts.

APRICOT fellowships now open

The annual APRICOT conference is a unique and successful educational forum for Internet builders in the Asia-Pacific region, to learn from their peers and leaders in the Internet community.

Senior practitioners from the Asia Pacific and around the world
contribute their time to APRICOT as presenters, teachers and trainers, to produce a non-commercial high quality conference.

Since 2000, APRICOT has incorporated a Fellowship Program to provide opportunities to developing country personnel to participate in APRICOT. The Program provides financial assistance to selected applicants to cover some of the expenses associated with attending the conference.

The APRICOT Fellowship Committee now cordially invites applications for fellowship funding to participate in APRICOT 2013 in Singapore from 19 February to 1 March 2013.

For more information about the Fellowship award package, criteria, and application form, please visit:

Please note, submissions close on Monday, 29 October 2012.

India reinvents its position on Internet Governance.

It is very positive that India has distanced itself from extreme positions as reflected in its CIRP / IBSA proposals. The Minister’s announcement is a clear sign that India values multi-stakehoder institutions and is beginning to embrace the multi-stakeholder model of policy-making for Internet Governance.

India’s position now is exemplary for many other nations to follow. India has played a leadership role in forums such as the Non-aligned movement in the past. In Internet policy making Minister Sibal could evolve positive positions by multi-stakeholder consultations, not only for India, but to inspire the Developing World with its constructive views towards the further growth and evolution of the Internet, for the good of the whole world.