India calls for a democratic Internet governance structure



India calls for a democratic Internet governance structure Geneva: India has called on countries for creating a democratic Internet governance structure to ensure a balance between private, commercial and public policy interests.

"The ability of the existing internet infrastructure to be used globally for delivering programmes for development requires a free and secure internet," Dilip Sinha, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Office at Geneva, said in a statement.

"Creating a democratic internet governance structure will ensure a balance between private, commercial and public policy interests and address developmental concerns," he said at the UN Committee on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD) open meeting on Enhanced Cooperation pertaining to the Internet on Friday.

India reiterated at the meeting that it believes in the freedom of Internet and free deliberations on public policy for Internet Governance.

"India is committed to tapping the tremendous potential of cyber space and the tremendous opportunity it provides and for creating a citizen-centric and business-centric environment to connect all human beings to the information highway," the statement said.

"India wishes to emphasise the need for global coordination to ensure that internet continues to be a free and secure medium for the whole world," it added.

PTI