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Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center’s Global Internet Governance and International Information Security Program Coordinator, takes part in the 53d ICANN meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 19-24 June.

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PIR Center experts took part in the ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires

02.07.2015

BUENOS AIRES, JULY 2, 2015. PIR PRESS – “Let me restate the Indian vision for the internet. The internet must remain plural, must be managed by a multilayered and multistakeholder system. Its strength will lie in partnership made between like-minded nations and stakeholders, built on a platform which supports and will sustain a future of equity and innovation and collaboration and inclusion. Only then will we truly be able to manage the ecosystem of this new digital age” - Minister of Communications and Information Technology  of India Ravi Shankar Prasad.   

On June 20-24, 2015, Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center’s “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” program coordinator, and Oleg Demidov, PIR Center Consultant, took part in the 53d ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the second meeting out of three, that take placу annualy and the last one before ICANN’s contract with NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) at the U.S. Department of Commerce expiries on September 30, 2015.

ICANN community groups considered and accepted proposal to reform responsible governance system of IANA functions, prepared by CWG Stewardship group.  

When the work of the CCWG Accountability group on ICANN’s responsible conduct is ready, the final proposal on new architecture of the global Internet governance, following the outcome of the work of both working groups, based on community interests and conditions set out by NTIA in 2014, will be put together by ICG coordination group for the US government consideration.

Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information to the U.S. Department of Commerce, encouraged the working groups to focus on the compliance with those conditions and opt for a less complicated solution, still however well-thought through in terms of potential implications in the future. On the eve of the opening ceremony, Assistant Secretary outlined a detailed plan and timeframe of IANA transition process, which clearly won’t be completed by September 30 and might roughly take another year. Fadi Chehade, the outgoing ICANN President, assured that he would walk this way together with ICANN, while the selection of a new head of the organization is in progress.     

Mr  Strickling’s speech with translation will be published in new issue of “The CyberPulse” e-journal later this week.

One of the highlights of the opening ceremony was the video-message of India’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, who announced Indian adherence to multistakeholder approach to internet governance and to equality of all interested parties in the process. It was the first Indian official announcement on this issue (according to the Minister, the stance has been approved by the Prime Minister’s office). Up to now India has been described as one of the so-called ‘swing states’ in the matters of global Internet governance model. The exact implications of this announcement are yet to be assessed but it should already be considered in the context of the prospects for BRICS cooperation in ICT to be discussed at the BRICS Summit in Ufa in July 2015.

“Let me restate the Indian vision for the internet. The internet must remain plural, must be managed by a multilayered and multistakeholder system. Its strength will lie in partnership made between like-minded nations and stakeholders, built on a platform which supports and will sustain a future of equity and innovation and collaboration and inclusion. Only then will we truly be able to manage the ecosystem of this new digital age” – said Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

On June 23, 2015, on the sidelines of the ICANN meeting, Oleg Demidov and Alexandra Kulikova took part in the meeting with the members of CARI (Consejo de Argentina para las Relationes Internacionales) – Argentine Council for International Relations, devoted to top international cooperation issues in the area of cyber- and information security, and the role of Russia’s experience and expertise in various international fora.

For questions regarding the PIR Center’s “International information security and global Internet governance” program, please, contact the program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email  kulikova@pircenter.org.

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