Interactions and Policy-Making: Civil Society Perspectives on the Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Process in India

Internet Policy Observatory Center for Global Communication Studies Annenberg School for Communication University of Pennsylvania (2015)

32 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2016

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Colin Agur

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication; Yale Law School

Ramesh Subramanian

Quinnipiac University; Yale University - Information Society Project

Valerie Belair-Gagnon

Yale University - Information Society Project

Date Written: November 5, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines India’s experience in developing national Internet policy by focusing on interactions among stakeholders in the Internet governance process. The paper begins by tracing the history of telecom policies in India along with the development of its IT sector as well as its civil society. It identifies the tensions, opportunities and threats that India has experienced in its Internet policy-making. It then reviews the legislative and policy history from the IT Act of 2000 onward, noting the intentions and limitations of India’s framework of Internet governance. A notable aspect of the paper involves a series of interviews with civil society stakeholders involved in India’s Internet governance debates. These interviews are used to identify patterns of interaction among different stakeholders, and to understand the underlying power dynamics in India’s policy-making process.

Keywords: India, Internet Governance, Internet Security, Policymaking, Policy Interactions

Suggested Citation

Agur, Colin and Subramanian, Ramesh and Belair-Gagnon, Valerie, Interactions and Policy-Making: Civil Society Perspectives on the Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Process in India (November 5, 2015). Internet Policy Observatory Center for Global Communication Studies Annenberg School for Communication University of Pennsylvania (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2821807

Colin Agur (Contact Author)

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Valerie Belair-Gagnon

Yale University - Information Society Project ( email )

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