[governance] India

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Mon Jul 6 03:47:28 EDT 2015

Some of you may haveread reports on India's new turn
with regard to global IG, towards focussing on bilateral cooperation
with the US. (Brazil too seems to be doing a similar thing.) It would
certainly have a significant bearing on its how much energy it may
correspondingly invest in UN based forums or possibilities, though the
exact impact may be difficult to judge at this stage.

As perhaps can be expected, I have written criticising this new turn as
coming from lack of appreciation of the issues at stake. Please see below.


Here are some voices from Indian civil society that see this new turn in
a rather positive light. In fact I wrote partly in response to these two
articles and quote them.



As the real geo-economic contours of global Internet power become
clearer, countries like India and Brazil will have to again change their
tack, but they would have lost a lot of momentum. Very unfortunate for
all developing countries, because without these leaders there is not
much to be expected on global Internet governance for developing
countries as a group.

Among developing countries, China is the only one that is comfortably
placed and knows what it is doing. This is due to its unique political
and as well as economic control over its own Internet. China currently
does not see great value in seeking strong global IG regimes, because it
is anyway able to get all that it wants. Plus, in absence of strong
global IG regimes, it is the Chinese domestic IG model that  becomes
increasingly more appealing to developing countries and China can help
them with it, in the process drawing various kinds of advantages. There
are news of a recent South Africa and China agreement which may go
towards some such direction.

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.igcaucus.org/pipermail/governance/attachments/20150706/5d1610e7/attachment.htm>
-------------- next part --------------
You received this message as a subscriber on the list:
     governance at lists.igcaucus.org
To be removed from the list, visit:

For all other list information and functions, see:
To edit your profile and to find the IGC's charter, see:

Translate this email: http://translate.google.com/translate_t

More information about the Governance mailing list