The WSIS+10 Review process is currently at its 2nd Preparatory Meeting Phase. India’s statement at the meeting captures it’s key concerns. India stated that the zero draft reflects the views of the members states and is a balanced document. However there are a few key aspects that need to be addressed.
Effective Participation and Substantive Inclusion: The recognition of effective participation, especially balanced representation of developed countries is imperative. Barriers to participation and inclusion need to be remembered, and the objective should be that of substantive inclusion
Digital Divide: Bridging the Digital Divide requires the WSIS to move beyond access and focus on affordability. There is great need for focus on joint research and development between countries to promote ICT access. The needs and aspirations of the next billion must be factored in the review process. An institutional funding mechanism is needed to bridge the digital divide.
Critical Internet Resources: The outcome document must reference uniform distribution of critical internet resources across regions of the world.
IGF: The unique role of IGF is recognised and India calls for the IGF and related processes to adhere to highest levels of inclusiveness, transparency and openness. The CSTD should facilitate and aid in this process.
It also called for creating a mechanism where governments can seek clarification on public policy issues particularly national security issues where governments are primarily responsible. It further considered the mapping on internet governance issues across UN bodies to aid in better coordinated efforts.
More updates to follow from New York.