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[I-coordination] The India Story

Sivasubramanian M isolatedn at gmail.com
Sun Dec 15 18:33:14 CET 2013


Dear Bjoern Hoehrmann,

I am not sure about the exact source of Subi's comment, but it is generally
understood that there is some confusion about the role of ICANN. Please see
for instance, the following report from Economic Times, India's leading
Business News Daily which is part of Times of India, which in turn is among
the largest of news agencies in India:

Qutoe:

NEW DELHI: Shedding its initial reluctance to object to revelation of
worldwide snooping by the US National Security
Agency<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/US%20National%20Security%20Agency>with
the help of private internet governing bodies including ICANN, India
has taken up the issue with
Washington<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Washington>,
saying such surveillance activities are detrimental to the country's
security interests.

New Delhi has particularly condemned the role of International Cooperation
for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which largely governs the
internet by managing critical resources including the domain name system,
top security officials told ET.

ICANN, a non-profit private organisation based in Los
Angeles<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Los%20Angeles>,
is supported by the US commerce
department<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/US%20commerce%20department>.
Officials said the role of ICANN compromises India's national security and
that the country favours multilateral actors in the field of internet
governance with governments playing a proactive role.

External Affairs Minister Salman
Khurshid<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Salman%20Khurshid>during
his visit to
Brazil <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Brazil> this week said
India is worried about NSA's surveillance activities, exposed by former US
intelligence <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/US%20intelligence>contractor
Edward
Snowden <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Edward%20Snowden>.

Initially India did not strongly object to the surveillance by the NSA into
its critical infrastructure, drawing severe criticism from political
opposition in the country. In June, Khurshid had described NSA activities
as "not actually snooping".

The mood now is completely different. At a seminar in Delhi on Thursday,
Nechal Sandhu, deputy national security advisor, said, "ICANN cannot really
be said to be truly representative or reflective of the international
character or community of internet users."
New Delhi is apprehensive about the key role that private institutions and
commercial bodies are playing in the field of internet governance.- End of
Quote from Economic Times
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-10-19/news/43200147_1_internet-governance-icann-assigned-names-and-numbers

Sivasubramanian M


On Sun, Dec 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM, Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi at gmx.net>wrote:

> * Subi Chaturvedi wrote:
> >-The NSA leaks have been constantly confused with ICANN's location and
> >structure and its role in IG.
>
> Citations for this would be useful.
>
> Thanks,
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