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
Date Written: November 5, 2015
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
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