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.

The Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

IETF fellowship

About the IETF

The IETF (along with its related organizations) is a large, open, international community of network designers, operators, vendor experts, researchers, and other interested technologists. While much of the IETF’s work takes place through mailing lists, there are three physical IETF meetings each year. The in-person experience of IETF meetings can help promote a stronger understanding of the standardization process, encourage active involvement in IETF work, and facilitate personal networking with others who have similar technical interests.

The Fellowship Award

Internet Society Fellows to the IETF receive the following assistance:
  • travel, accommodation, meeting registration fees, and a ticket to the IETF social event;
  • introduction to a mentor from their area of interest to help them prepare for the meeting, network with other experts, and successfully navigate the week-long meeting;
  • a stipend for incidental expenses; and
  • a certificate of participation.

Expectations for the Fellows

Internet Engineering Task ForceInternet Society Fellows are expected to:
  • prepare in advance of the IETF meeting by reading relevant IETF documents and working- group discussions in their areas of interest;
  • attend the IETF newcomers tutorial, plenary sessions, and working-group sessions throughout the week;
  • share the experience and knowledge gained at the IETF with their local communities when they return home (including writing a report on the activities);
  • participate in the NGL programme participant network; and
  • assist with administrative aspects of the programme, including completion of a follow-up survey.

When are the Fellowships available?

Fellowships are available for each of the three IETF meetings held each year. See the IETF web site for the meeting schedule.

Who should apply?

Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF are for Internet Society members from emerging or developing economies who have the technical skills and experience to contribute to the work of the IETF.

Selection criteria

Selection for the Fellowships is competitive. All applicants must be members of the Internet Society and must meet the selection criteria.
Please note, no age limits apply to Fellowships to the IETF.

How to apply

Applications are now open for:
March 10 – 15, 2013
Orlando, FL, USA
July 28 – August 2, 2013
Berlin, Germany
Prior to applying for the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF, we recommend that you download the Self Assessment Worksheet to ensure that you are able get to the necessary documentation in which to be able to travel to an IETF meeting.
For first time applicants (those who have never been awarded an ISOC Fellowship to the IETF before), you can apply here.
For applicants that have previously been awarded an ISOC Fellowship to the IETF and wish to apply as a Returning Fellow, you can apply here.

Timeline for IETF 86/87 Application Review and Selection

  • Sept. 4: Applications open for ISOC Fellowship to the IETF
  • Oct. 1: Application period closes
  • Oct. 2: Committee begins review and evaluation of applications
  • Nov. 4: Final selections made
  • Nov. 5 Notifications sent out to applicants

For more information follows the links above, or write to isocindiachennai (aT) gmail dot com

India Internet Governance Conference

On October 4 and 5, 2012, India’s first comprehensive multistakeholder India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC 2012) – Internet for Social and Economic Development: Building the Future Together, will take place in New Delhi. Following the format provided since 2006 by the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – an annual global event – the Conference aims to provide a platform for an open and inclusive policy dialogue that involves government, business, civil society, the technical community and academia. It will traverse a wide range of topics: from network neutrality, to global internet governance models; from effective management of the transition to IPv6, to making broadband access available to all; from the challenges the internet poses to traditional media, to the challenges hate speech online poses for all.  Bringing together multiple sources of knowledge and expertise from within India and outside, the IIGC thus aims to identify crucial emerging issues at a domestic and global level and flag these for the attention of relevant Indian bodies, as well as help expand India’s existing internet governance capacity.

Timing and drivers of the Conference

The immediate background to the conference is two-fold. With the release of the National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP 2012), the internet and broadband have earned recognition as key drivers of economic and social development, along with telecom, in an increasingly knowledge-intensive global environment in which India aims to play a leadership role. The policy aims at delivering “Broadband on Demand” in the hope that this can become a platform for services in e-Commerce and e-Governance in key social sectors such as education and agriculture, in addition to expanding the footprint of these services and fostering an atmosphere of a participative, democratic delivery model that is citizen centric. Acknowledging the importance of internet access for all, the Policy specifically seeks to deliver Broadband access to all village panchayats through a combination of technologies by 2014 and progressively to all villages and habitations by 2020. The government of India has committed an investment of roughly Rs. 20 000 crore by 2014 for the achievement of this target. Close and immediate engagement of all stakeholders in the internet policy field is vital in order to maximise this important emerging opportunity of making internet access for all a reality.

The timing of the conference also allows for a discussion ahead of the IGF in Baku in November 2012 and the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai in December 2012. Among the range of vital issues that will be discussed at these events is the future of the global internet governance architecture – a debate in which the Indian government has been closely involved. For example, following the IGF meeting in Hyderabad in 2008, India continued its close engagement with the Forum by playing a crucial role in the discussions regarding its continuation, advocating a more outcome-oriented process. In 2011, the Indian government took its proposal a step further by proposing in the UN General Assembly a new institutional mechanism for internet governance, the Committee on Internet Related Policies (CIRP). Despite the Indian government taking a leadership position in these debates at the global level, within the country, discussions on these proposals and the direction global internet governance architecture should take have begun only recently. With the ITU-convened WCIT now also seeking to bring aspects of internet governance within its ambit, a detailed debate across the nation on the question of what shape the global internet governance architecture should take is critical.

Outcome Oriented Launch of a Continued Dialogue

Against the backdrop of these two important evolutions, the IIGC will thus provide for a distinct domestic flavor to the typical challenges that India faces as well as sufficient latitude for a robust discussion on globally relevant issues. In addition, the IIGC is the first attempt to build a multistakeholder dialogue in India that can provide systematic input into processes at the global IGF from which it draws inspiration. It is our hope, however, that the dialogue will not stop with this event. As experiments elsewhere have shown, national IGF-related processes can be a key avenue through which to foster dialogue and engagement across stakeholders and to develop robust national internet governance policies that find broad acceptance amongst the citizenry. The IIGC, and the budding multistakeholder organisational processes that feed into it, will hopefully be only the beginning of such a long-term engagement in India, that ultimately will result in a full-fledged India IGF in future years.

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Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 46 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

icann prague fellowship participants

The Fellowship Program has demonstrated success in its mission to build capacity in the ICANN multi-stakeholder environment through focused interactive engagement between newcomers to ICANN and community members at each of the ICANN meetings. The program seeks to identify members of the Internet community who either have not previously been able to participate in ICANN processes and constituent organizations, or those who require further exposure to the Internet community and its work but cannot travel and attend a meeting without financial support. This outreach program seeks participants from developing regions and countries of the world, in order to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who will become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond.

Applications to become an ICANN Fellow are assessed for each meeting by an independent selection committee. Priority is given to applicants who: meet minimum program requirements; are current residents of developing and least developed nations in the five ICANNregions; and are interested in participating in the ICANN multi-stakeholder process and its supporting organizations, advisory committees or stakeholder groups. An effort will be made to include participants from the Asia-Pacific region as the site of the ICANN meeting.

All confirmed fellowship participants must comply with the terms and conditions of the Fellowship program, as outlined at As stated within these terms and conditions, ICANN is a California non-profit public benefit corporation and must therefore comply with all the laws and regulations of California and the United States. Fellows are responsible for obtaining all travel visas once accepted into the program. ICANN will purchase tickets for Fellows after all necessary documentation has been obtained and Fellows demonstrate that they have obtained all necessary travel visas.

Once all of the requirements for travel are met, the Fellowship program arranges for and covers the costs for airfare and hotel, as well as providing a stipend to assist with some meeting and subsistence costs. The stipend is provided after each selected candidate successfully completes the requirements of the Fellowship program, Recipients will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANNprocesses during and after the meeting. As always, registration for ICANN‘s meetings is free for anyone wanting to attend.

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