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Indian Government Declares Support for Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance at ICANN53

Buenos Aires, Argentina… Indian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced today India's support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, during the opening ceremony of ICANN's 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires.

"The Internet must remain plural. It must be managed by a multistakeholder system," said Prasad. "Not only do we support multistakeholderism, but also we encourage multistakeholderism itself to embrace all geographies and all societies. We will partner with you all to make this a reality. We must work toward this new form of digital democracy."

On March 14, 2014, the United States Government announced its intent to transition its stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community. Minister Prasad's statement of support marks not only an important milestone for the transition, but also speaks to the continued success of the multistakeholder model.

"Today, with India joining this group of countries that openly support the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, we increase our ranks significantly, said ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé. "The decision that was made by India is a significant decision."

Also during the opening ceremony, NIC.AR Director Gabriel Brenta discussed how NIC.AR incorporated the multistakeholder model into their business operations, stating, "Some years ago, we decided to make NIC.AR to go through a change. And that change was in line with the developments that were taking place all over the world. What our administration was doing in terms of domain names, we wanted to reflect all those changes, all those improvements, all those developments in what we believe has been our duty since then."

ICANN also announced the winners of the 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos award - community leader Cheryl Langdon Orr and Africa Internet pioneer Nii Quaynor. The award is given to members of global Internet community who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the multistakeholder model.

More than 1,400 members of the global Internet community will meet over the course of the week, both in-person and remotely, to discuss and debate the future of ICANN and Internet governance. The meeting's 300+ sessions are a continuation of the community's dedication to a global, secure, stable and resilient Internet, and their hard work in ensuring the success of the IANA stewardship transition.

"People have put enormous effort to make this multistakeholder effort go, and thank you. Thank you all for this effort. It will be recorded in history," said Chehadé.

Those unable to attend ICANN53 in person are highly encouraged to participate remotely. Details for doing so can be found for any of the sessions listed at https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/schedule-full.

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To learn more about ICANN53 in Buenos Aires, please visit: https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en

To download high-resolution photos of the meeting, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icann

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About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."