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nii-quanorDuring ICANN53, ICANN 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.

Indian Government Declares Support for Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance

 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.

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