Seminar on Quantifying the value of an open Internet for India
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To disseminate the preliminary findings of a forthcoming report by ICRIER on the economic benefits of the Internet, a seminar on the theme ‘Quantifying the Value of an Open Internet for India’ was organised on March 11, 2016. In his opening remarks, Rajat Kathuria, Director & CE, ICRIER, talked about the concept of an open internet, the effect of governance (multi-stakeholder and multi-lateral) on this openness and the importance of spillovers (indirect effects) on the value of an open internet. In his keynote speech, Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT, discussed the lack of local language content and support as a possible key constraint on openness and internet adoption in India, and the importance of “permissionless innovation” in driving growth and research without the institutional constraints that exist in other research and information-heavy sectors. ICRIER scholars Parnil Urdhwareshe and Vatsala Shreeti presented the methodology employed by the research team for quantifying the value of an open internet in the country. They pointed out that the definition of openness varies with the context and nature of an economic activity. The preliminary findings of the report suggest that openness of internet could have a growing positive impact on various sectors including telecom, IT, e-commerce, Internet of Things, etc., and consequently, the national income. The social value that the internet enables (in terms of increased democratic participation, etc.) also contributes to the value of the internet and must be incorporated in the frameworks that will be used to analyse the impact of the internet in the future. The discussion at the seminar focused on the potential benefits of a multi-stakeholder system of governance for India, highlighting the need for relations between the government and stakeholders domestically to evolve into a spirit of collaboration between the two.

Dissemination Seminar on Quantifying the value of an open Internet for India

March 11, 2016

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Marigold, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003

PROGRAMME 

10:30 – 11:00 am

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Registration and Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 11:15 am

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Introductory Remarks

Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

11.15-11.30 am

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Special Address

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary amp; DG, National Informatics Centre, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India

11.30-12.00pm

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Presentation of key findings- Quantifying the value of an open Internet for India

12:00 – 12.15 pm

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Comments and Q&A

12:15 – 12:30 pm

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Closing Remarks & Vote of Thanks
Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

12.30 pm onwards

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Lunch

11 Mar, 2023