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ICANN53: India supports multistakeholder model Internet Governance


The Indian government has drummed support for multistakeholder model of Internet Governance, at the opening ceremony of 53rd public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reports ITRealms.

Speaking through the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, India said it supports the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, because Internet must remain plural and managed by a multistakeholder system. 

“Not only do we support multistakeholderism, but also we encourage multistakeholderism itself to embrace all geographies and all societies. We will partner with you all to make this a reality. We must work toward this new form of digital democracy,” he said.

ITRealms recalls that on March 14, 2014, the United States Government proclaimed intent to transition its stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multistakeholder community. Minister Prasad’s statement of support marks not only an important milestone for the transition, but also speaks to the continued success of the multistakeholder model.

Equally speaking, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fadi Chehadé noted that today, with India joining this group of countries that openly support the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, will increase ICANN ranking significantly.

“The decision that was made by India is a significant decision” ICANN president said.

ICANN is a nonprofit organization responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of several databases of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the Internet, by ensuring network's stability and secured operation.


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