Internet DURING a shut-down: Do we need ‘more’ Internet?

With factories, offices, public places, shops, transportation and schools shut down for 3 weeks, and another week or so for normal life to resume, it is the Internet that could make life go on. While it is necessary to keep an eye on fake news and the dangers of fake news causing panic, it is equally important to keep the Internet open, with a heightened awareness that everyone needs the Internet, even to seek medical help, and more to preserve mass psychological well being. “More Internet”  here implies an approach that is on the other end of the tendency to lock down, it implies a greater willingness to keep more of the people of the world more connected, and to make news, educational, spiritual and entertainment content more available and also to think of more of curated streams  for e.g, YouTube curated streams, more of Internet Radio, a better Facebook experience etc… 

This is also a good time to collaborate online.  The Internet could bring together groups to collaborate on crisis management, economic reconstruction questions and could generate innovative ideas to solve problems.

  • What could the business community and civil Society do to help the Government manage the crisis of the time?  
  • What are the post crisis challenges? Not just restoration, but a renewal. In what ways could we make the economy work better than before? 

As part of this Conference, Jane Coffin, the Senior Vice President of Internet Growth, Internet Society would join us from Washington DC to talk about the emerging trend the world over in Internet connectivity technologies – COMMUNITY NETWORKS, which are city-wide Community operated Internet Networks, some including Community Radio, which might also have a social enterprise investment design.   Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of the Internet Society has also consented to join us. Other invites include the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,  Internet Community leaders from the Internet Society, ICANN and IGF.

March 26,  7 pm to 8.30 pm (13.30-15.00 UTC). Online, On Zoom (link to be sent separately)  

Please register for this event (if the zoom meeting link is not received already). The Internet Society India Chennai Chapter  may have to limit participation in this sensitive hour with a view to preserve the discussions as constructive and purposeful.  IN case of any difficulty, please contact by email to 

A conversation with Internet Inventors

Conversation with Steve Crocker and Vinton Cerf, two of the Internet’s founding fathers. Crocker established protocols necessary for the workings of the Internet, and Cerf, a computer scientist, was instrumental in the development of the first commercial email system.

The recorded video is at page
A better video may be available after some time.

Thank You Afilias, NamesBeyond and NIXI for sponsoring our Events during June 2011

Afilias, NIXI, NamesBeyond sponsored our IPv6 Workshop, Seminar and a Discussion on Core Internet Values at Chennai during June 26-29. We thankfully acknowledge the support from our sponsors.

Both the events on June 26 were webcast live to external audience with help from Joly MacFie of ISOC New York. The Webcasts are archived at

IPv6 Seminar, June 26 10 am – 12 30 pm, IIT Research Park, Chennai

Dr Olivier Crepin LeBlond, Chair of ICANN At Large chaired the session with Sebastien Bachollet, Member, Board of Directors of ICANN, Srinivas Gudipudi of Tech Mahindra, Shankar Vridhagiri of Sify Technologies and Srinivas Chendi from APNIC by remote on the panel. The session was webcast for remote participation by Joly MacFie of ISOC New York together with Chandramohan of the Chennai Chapter.

Discussion on Internet for the IT Sector: the impact of altered Core Internet Values in Business, June 26 4.30 pm – 7 pm, IIT Research Park, Chennai

Dr G V Apparao, VP Technology at Cognizant Technology Solutions joined Olivier Crepin LeBlond and Sivasubramanian M as panelists in the Core Values session chaired by Sebastien Bachollet. This session was webcast with good remote participation from ISOC Chapters and At Large from around the world.

ISOC India Chennai APNIC IPv6 Workshop, June 27 – 29, IIT Research Park, Chennai

Nurul Roman Islam from APNIC trained 60 participants from all over India during this program. There is still a waiting list for participation and we hope to work with APNIC to organize more programs on IPv6.

Visit to Cognizant and Sify

We visited Cognizant and Sify.

Discussion on Online Safety for School Children, Good Shepherd Convent, Chennai, June 29, 1.30 – 3 00 pm

The program at the School was not originally scheduled, but was arranged at short notice by Sarto Rajendran of the Chennai Chapter. 450 Students participated. There were 21 questions on Online Safety, some of which were high-tech questions. 



the next 5,000 days of the web

Kevin Kelly has been publisher of the Whole Earth Review, exec editor at WIRED, founder of visionary nonprofits, and writer on biology and business and “cool tools.” He’s admired for his new perspectives on technology and its relevance to history, biology and religion.

At the 2007 Entertainment Gathering Conference Kevin Kelly shared a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what’s coming in the next 5,000 days?

From TED

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this video may not reflect the views of ISOC or ISOC India Chennai about the evolution or future of the Internet