NEW DELHI, Oct. 17 -- The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release:
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced, in partnership with the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), coordination plans for the creation of a Center of Excellence in Domain Name System Security in India. The Center of Excellence is expected to work
alongside ICANN security staff to design research projects intended to solve critical Domain Name System (DNS) security issues, such as thwarting cyber attacks. The center is also envisioned to be home to a state-of-the-art research laboratory to evaluate and test security solutions.
In the presence of Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communications & Information
Technology, Government of India, Mr. Fadi Chehade, President & CEO, ICANN
and Dr. Rajat Moona, Director General, CDAC, signed a letter of intent regarding the building of the center during a signing ceremony at the
'Internet, Mobile & Digital Economy Conference' (IMDEC)organized by FICCI in association with the Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India.
The theme of the conference was 'Internet to Equinet: Empowering A Billion Online'.
He said that there is a need to create systems for encouraging free flow of information, moving away from the traditional idea that knowledge is a personal asset.
He said that the way forward is to take the consensual approach where all the stakeholders including the government will have an equal say while deciding the institutional framework. Creating an inter-governmental group is not a solution because governments will have their differences. Besides,
industry forms the crux of cyber space and without them feasible policy cannot be conceived.
To work towards creating equality of opportunity, the Minister said, India is fully committed to freedom of expression. The Internet can help rea
ch the remote villages for people to access information, removing the barriers of discipline and territory. However, he clarified that in the drive to share and spread of knowledge, intellectual property would have to be protected.
Mr. Sibal stated that the spread of internet and technology is creating awareness among people; they now know of the public services that a
re available to them, and this was leading to the development of a transparent society.
Emphasizing the importance of reach of mobile phones, Mr. Sibal cited the example of Odisha cyclone where because of the presence of mobile phones people were warned about the impending disaster. They were able to vac
ate the disaster-prone areas in time, saving thousands of lives.
Speaking about the relevance of the centre, Mr. Fadi Chehade, said, "This center will play a central role in ensuring the security and stability
of the Domain Name System. The Internet has become one of the world's most valued resources and it is deserves nothing less than full global cooperation and collaboration in developing concrete solutions to combat threats to the DNS."