CEO, Turiya and President, Internet Society India Chennai
Joined on November 8, 2008 – India
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Sivasubramanian M writes in CircleID as an independent person from India, although he serves as the President of Internet Society India Chennai and served as the IDN's liaison (2009) of the ICANN At Large Advisory Committee. He has been taking part in Internet Society programs and ICANN meetings as a person who immensely values the fundamental values of the Internet. He believes in a well balanced system of Governance in its minimal form, he has been actively participating in the key discussions on Internet Governance in various forums including the Internet Governance Caucus.
His interest in the growth and evolution of the Internet stems from an innate desire to contribute very significantly to the world at large on a macro level. In 1991 he was one of the four delegates from India to the one of its kind International Model United Nations organized by the Junior Chambers International and held at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York where he introduced a spiritedly debated draft resolution to strengthen the United Nations.
To gain a depth of knowledge on Internet issues so as to take part in the Internet Governance process with the right understanding, he has gone through the Advance and Research phases of the Diplo Foundation course on Internet Governance. He has gone through the Internet Governance program at the European Summer School on Internet Governance.
He has taken part in at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of Internet Economy at Seoul, Korea, attended the ICANN At-Large summit in Mexico and took part in the ICANN meetings in Sydney, Singapre, San Francisco, Costa Rica, Prague and Toronto. He is a committed participant in ICANN working groups and Internet Governance debates. He attended the Internet Governance Forums at Hyderabad and Egypt. At the 2009 IGF at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, he organized the Workshop on Core Internet Values and the roundtable on Security Vs Civil Liberties as also co-organized a Workshop on Children in the Age of Mobile Access At the 2010 IGF at Vilnius, Lithuania he organized a workshop on International Trade and Internet Governance as also initiated the Dynamic Coalition on Core Internet Values, which had its second meeting at the IGF Kenya where he has also organized a workshop on Intra-staekeholder balance in Internet Governance another on Open Internet Standards as also participated as a panelist in the workshop on Workshop on India's proposal for IGF improvements
He is CEO, of Turiya and InternetStudio. Prior to this he was the Director of Whitefield Cottons Pvt. Ltd. With this background in business, he spends most of his time participating on his non-profit pursuits
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It puzzles me to watch Governments introducing or subscribing to proposals that would in effect smoothly concede part their sovereignty to the ITU -- in an area that is central -- Communications. The WCIT 2012, in the middle of its second week, would now discuss Document DT/51-E 11, which is said to be a "package" of not-yet-compromised draft proposal for revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations, which inevitably makes ITU the control center of all communications in the known Universe. more»
An article appeared in Computer World that alleges: in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as RINOA) have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices. Could it be true that Nokia, RIM and Apple opened up to Government interception? more»
The ICANN community is conservative. A considerable number of dedicated ICANN volunteers from various constituencies believe that ICANN should follow the unusual logic of limiting its revenues to the levels of its CURRENT estimates of expenditure. The Board, acting on the advise of the ICANN community brought down the ICANN transaction fee per domain name from 25 cents to 16 cents and in the case of numbers, for various reasons the Address Registry fees that it collects from the Regional Internet Registries have been historically kept at a negligibly low level. more»
At Guadalajara, Mexico this week, in the policy debate kicked off by the ITU, Russian Federation's Minister of Communications proposed that the ITU should give itself veto power over ICANN decisions. This proposal by the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) calls for the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to be scrapped and replaced by an ITU group. more»
China as a nation with a population of 1.3 billion people, represents over a fifth of the whole world and for this reason, if not for any other, we need to sit up and listen to anything that China says, though a lot of what China says may be disagreeable. China unambiguously stated its position during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Open Consultations at Geneva on May 13. On this instance, I consider the views expressed by China largely respectable, but needs to be bridged in some areas. more»
Where does this idea that the employees of all non-profit organizations alike shall lead a public-transportation lifestyle come from? ICANN's monetary resources do not come from war widows and pensioners, for ICANN to feel guilty about every penny that it spends on administration. Nor does its resources, wherever they come from, are any that are earmarked to be spent on famine relief or on basic health care for the most unfortunate. more»
I kept wondering if all that I had said about Dr Toure was fair -- I hadn't met him before and had written so much to comment on the transcript of his speech at ICANN, Cairo . My discomfort was short-lived and even before a month elapsed I met him at the Internet Governance Forum, Hyderabad. Exchanged pleasantries before saying "I wrote some strong comments about your speech at Cairo". Dr Toure looked happy to see me, beamed with a bit of surprise and said he read my comment... more»
ITU is 143 years old and it has done a lot of good work. But it is so huge and powerful that it has been monopolizing (or mono-unionizing) Telecommunications for the last 143 years. ITU's hold over communications has been sweeping. But during the last ten years, ITU's member Telcos have seen several challenges from the open Internet architecture... ITU and the Internet organizations did not quite get along for this and several other reasons Especially the ITU has had its share of differences with the ICANN. Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of the ITU addressed the ICANN Annual Meeting at Cairo on 6 November 2008. Here are some excerpts from the Secretary General's speech with my comments. more»
The World is not inventing Internet Governance. Internet is already being governed. There is governance, but without a formal structure -- the structure is undefined like a round table... The opponents of the concept of Internet Governance perhaps believe that the essential character of the Internet is preserved best by challenging the very concept of Governance. The words "Governance", "Control", "Regulation" or even "Coordination" are mistaken to be invasive to the essential character of a free, open and user-centric internet. more»