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The Politics of Digital IndiaBetween Local Compulsions and Transnational Pressures$
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Pradip Ninan Thomas, Adrian Athique, Vibodh Parthasarathi, and S. V. Srinivas

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199494620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199494620.001.0001

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The Politics and Geopolitics of Internet Governance

The Politics and Geopolitics of Internet Governance

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The Politics of Digital India

Pradip Ninan Thomas

Oxford University Press

Internet governance (IG) became a global issue after the Snowden revelations that highlighted the fact that there was mass spying by privately owned companies on behalf of the NSA. This chapter deals with the politics of IG, the ambivalent nature of India’s shifting commitments to the multistakeholder model, and the role played by civil society in Internet politics in India against the background of ICANN’s own history and contemporary status. The Indian government’s position on IG is complex given that it has adopted both a statist attitude towards its governance and considered the ITU as a natural governor of the Internet, along with a position that is supportive of multistakeholderism, although this ethic is not reflected in its facilitation of civil society involvements at a local level.

Keywords:   ICANN, internet governance, multistakeholderism, civil society, the Indian State

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