Internet Society and Public Policy Workshop




    Internet is one of the best gifts that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has given us. The ultimate aim of Internet is to reach the unconnected and make them a part of the mainstream. This calls for transforming the policies that govern the usage of Internet, which should aim at allowing each and every person of the world to access and use this technology freely. With this, Internet will be able to fulfill its basic objective of improving the quality of life of the masses. Therefore, the standards and the government policies should aim at a sustainable, open and universally applicable policy that can foster socio-economic development.

    Understanding the needs of such consultation on public policy for Internet society, a half day workshop, co-organised with Internet Society (ISOC), will be held at eINDIA 2009.

    Aim of the Workshop

    The workshop aims at engaging stakeholders towards a meaningful discussion on Public Policy Debate on Internet society.

    This workshop will engage with several different types of institutions, innovators, technology providers, besides government, end-user communities, etc. The recommendations that emerge from this workshop and tutorial is aimed to serve as inputs for policy advocacy.

    Key Stakeholders

    The workshop looks at bringing together key stakeholders from across the spectrum:

    1. Government Agencies: Department of Information Technology and Department of Telecommunications
    2. Regulatory Bodies: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
    3. National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)
    4. Internet Service Providers
    5. Technology Providers
    6. Internet Society Chapters – Chennai, Delhi, etc. and Representatives from ISOC (international)
    7. Industry Associations: Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI)
    8. Civil Society Organisations
    9. Academicians and others.


    1400 – 1530  The Internet Today

    1400-1410 Welcome and Introduction

    Rajnesh D Singh


    1410-1430 The Internet is for everyone

    Jon McNerney


    1430-1500 Internet Governance and ISOC’s Enabling Access Initiative

    Frederic Donck


    1500-1530 The Internet: An Indian Perspective

    Deepak Maheshwari

    Director – Corporate Affairs
    Microsoft, India


    1530 – 1600 Afternoon Break
    1600 – 1730  Panel Discussion

    1600-1615 Multilingualism on the Internet

    Tulika Pandey

    Additional Director – Department of Information Technology, Government of India

    1615-1630 Global Addressing and IPv6

    Sally Wentworth


    Panel Discussion: The Internet and Public Policy Issues – an Indian Perspective
    Tulika Pandey

    Additional Director – Department of Information Technology, Government of India


    Rajesh Chharia

    President – Internet Service Providers Association of India


    Osama Manzar

    Director – Digital Empowerment Foundation


    Niel Hirjee

    Calport Technologies


    Ravi Gupta



    Nikhil Agarwal

    Europe Asia Business School

    1725-1730 Conclusion and Next Steps

    Frederic Donck




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