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Workshop on Engaging with ICANN- May 17, 2016 at New Delhi

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, conducted a “Workshop on Engaging with ICANN” on May 17, 2016 at New Delhi in association with the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), which was attended by over 50 senior representatives from the private sector (including IT/ITES companies, ISPs, registrars, e-commerce companies), as well as members of academia.

A booklet containing the structure of ICANN, transition proposal, business engagement of ICANN, IETF standard development process, India’s comments on various proposals of ICANN &WSIS and also including the statements made by Hon’ble MCIT may be accessed here. Booklet

Dr. Aruna Sharma, Secretary, DeitY delivered the keynote address, where she stated that “…there is no doubt that the Indian industry should actively participate in all global internet governance processes, including ICANN and Standard making processes, including IETF.” She went on to say that there is significant scope for Indian internet industry to have a direct impact on Policy Development Processes related to the key internet domain functions, which will also allow the ICT industry in India to address outstanding policy issues, as well as safeguard its interest in future policy development processes.

Other key speakers at the Workshop included Dr. Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Advisor & Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS); Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, Shri R. Chandrasekhar, President, NASSCOM; Shri Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary, DeitY; and Shri Ram Mohan, ICANN Board Member.

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