Internet Governance Meet Kicks Off at Technopark

Thiruvananthapuram: The Second School on Internet Governance [inSIG2017] commenced today at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram. inSIG2017, held from October 24-26, brings together over close to 100 participants, speakers, and organizers from different parts of India and abroad.

Internet Governance is the creation of policies, standards, protocols, infrastructure and mechanisms that allows the stable operations of the Internet as a global network, involving Governments, private sector, academia, research institutions, and civil society. Internet Governance has the objective of ensuring that the Internet remains an open, global, transparent network that allows all its stakeholders an equal voice in the its governance. It is the domain of a whole ecosystem of organizations spread around the world, including Internet Society (ISOC), Internet Corporation on Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of the UN.

insig_inagurationIndia School on Internet was founded in 2016 with the objectives of:

  • Imparting formal training on Internet Governance to participants so as to prepare them for engagement in Internet Governance. The programme content is a balanced mix of global IG topics, regional topics and India-specific topics
  • Enabling participants to meaningfully participate in Internet Governance global processes
  • Nucleating and building a community of Internet Governance professionals in India
  • Introducing to participants some of the global experts in Internet Governance as speakers in the programme

“India has almost half a billion Internet users today, and the number is steadily increasing. In order to ensure that the voices of these end-users are heard in the policy processes of the Internet ecosystem, we have to engage better with global Internet Governance processes. This is the outcome that we expect through inSIG2017”, said Satish Babu, Co-ordinator of inSIG2017 and Chair of APRALO/ICANN, at the Opening Session.

“inSIG2017 will be discussing many contemporary issues, including Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, Internet Governance Jurisdiction, Geonames, Data Security, Multilingual Internet, Online Safety and Data Privacy”, said Dr Govind, ex-CEO of National Intenet eXchange of India (NIXI) and Chair, ISOC-Delhi.

Speakers from 7 countries will address participants from 8 countries during the 3-day meeting.

inSIG2017 is organized by ISOC-Thiruvananthapram, ISOC-Delhi and ISOC-Kolkata. It is supported by NIXI, Govt of India; Dept of IT, Govt of Kerala; Technopark; ICFOSS; ICANN; Asia-Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC); Internet Society; Asia-Pacific School of Internet Governance; APASA; IEEE Kerala Section and IEEE Computer Society.

The three-day meeting will conclude on 26 Oct 2017.