IIFON serves as platform for Indian community to collectively address and resolve technical and functional issues relating to Critical Internet Infrastructure. It is engaged Internet Operations Research including management of Internet Exchange Points and DNS Root Instances.
The Internet infrastructures making all connectivity possible consist of multiple digital platforms, tracking systems and other largely invisible ways of sourcing and aggregating data, as well as advanced algorithms and visualisation techniques. In a world of mobile apps and search engines, the DNS may be much less visible to end users than it was 30 years ago but it still underpins the Internet in critical ways. It is yet another invisible layer in the protocol stack and a unique place to measure and tinker internet.
India Internet Foundation (IIFON) is an Internet Research & Policy think tank organization working on thematic, policy and technical dimensions of Internet. It is not for profit organization and registered as a trust under Indian Laws. It started as an initiative of Internet Society Kolkata but and considering the Indian focus required for development of Critical Internet Infrastructure, it has gone through transformation to its current state, form and structure. The first strategic program of this organization is about keeping Indian Internet traffic local to India. In doing so we operate DNS root instances and manage a community driven Internet Exchange Point. The second strategic program is Internet Operations Research working to improve the security, stability, and understanding of the Internet’s DNS infrastructure in India. The Foundation serving this role is a call for change which brings together all stakeholders government and policy-makers, experts and academics, international organizations, youth, technology innovators and representatives of civil society in a neutral space. The call for change will alter the way and means Internet is accessed and delivered in India. It relates itself to UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and aligns with Goal 17 of revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. The mission is Improving Trust. Building Communities.
The Work Plan and Objectives aligned to the Mission are: