The CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) yesterday announced the launch of the India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) -2021. IIGF-2021 will be planned for three days starting from 20th October 2021 with ‘Inclusive Internet for Digital India’ as the theme for this year’s meeting. The announcement has begun Indian chapter of the United Nations based forum namely Internet Governance Forum.
The forum will be an Internet Governance policy discussion platform to bring representatives together from various groups, considering all at par to discuss public policy issues related to the internet. The mode of engagement is referred to as the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance, which has been a key feature for the Internet’s success. The Multi Stakeholder concept is well adopted by IGF (Internet Governance Forum) under United Nations and by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
“India is the second-largest broadband subscription country in the world and also has the highest data consumption per user per month. Therefore, the aspirations of the Indians should be reflected in International policy formation and stakeholder discussion. India Internet Governance Forum is the correct initiative for the country to ensure that the growth of broadband adheres to the lifestyle and requirements of the Indian community. IIGF 2021 is adopting the multi-stakeholder concept in organizing the event as per the true spirit of global IGF. The coordination committee has apt representation from civil society, Government, Industry, Industrial association, trust, and other stakeholders.”
Anil Kumar Jain, the Chairman of Coordination Committee, India Internet Governance Forum 2021 (IGF)
Multiple pre-IIGF engagement events will be held at several colleges and universities as a precusor to the IIGF inaugural event starting from August 2021. The idea behind this is to engage the youth and students for their participation in the October event and prepare the next generation to be part of policy formulation.