Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will closely work with India to focus on its revised mission after the transmission, its president and CEO Goran Marby said on Saturday.
ICANN, which matches domain names with appropriate IP address numbers, is hosting its 57th meeting here from November 3-9. ICANN was given baton to take over the task of assigning web addresses from the USA's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
"With the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) stewardship transmission behind us, our top priority now is to focus on our revised mission and new bylaws and working with the empowered community. Expanding our outreach is key to our mission.
In this context, we are keen to further deepen our ongoing engagement in India. As the second largest group of Internet users globally, we welcome India's voice and participation," Marby said in his address during the inaugural session. Union Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said India has supported the multi stakeholder model of Internet governance.
ICANN will work with India's stakeholders, including the Centre, to develop a structured framework focusing on fostering the development of the DNS (Domain Name System) industry in India.
The framework will concentrate on capacity building for India's stakeholders, gearing them up for active participation of all stakeholder model of Internet governance, ICANN said. ICANN 57 is the first post stewardship transition public meeting and also first annual general meeting under the new meetings strategy.
Telangana Minister of IT and Industries KT Rama Rao said the state government has embarked on a novel initiative to provide fiber optic connectivity along with drinking water pipelines to households across the state.