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“The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance which was announced by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and planned for April 2014 will be important because it’s the first time that an internet governance meeting is purely political. This Meeting would look at two very significant aspects of internet governance: the management of root servers  which are responsible for the most basic routing of information across the Internet  and the management of the first level domain names. And the problem with the root servers is not where they are located but rather who manages them”, – Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev.


«The time has come for stepping up bilateral economic cooperation with Iran. It is also time to offer the country full SCO membership, without waiting for the UN Security Council sanctions to be lifted. Up until now, these sanctions were used as a flimsy excuse to deny membership to Tehran. Now that even Washington is finally talking about the lifting of sanctions, it is high time for Russia to give fresh impetus to its strategic cooperation with Iran», – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


“The key thing that the international community needs to do in order to respond in adequate and effective way to the challenges brought to the focus of global agenda by Edward Snowden is very simple and almost evident. It is necessary to shift the global attention towards practical issues as the ground for joint work and search of compromise. At the same time, politicization of the internet governance should be minimized - especially with regard to those multiple aspects which never required any political perspective before but are nevertheless facing it now”, – the Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev.


“Development of cyber warfare is now rapidly emerging as a new big issue for international security agenda and political leaders and experts world over are facing this challenge. As a possible means of tackling this challenge, some kind of an International Treaty on regulation of cyberspace or principles of cyber governance might be the common objective for the international community by 2015-2016. However, none of that kind of regulation will work if not based on the multistakeholder approach which is still a basis for any solution in the field of global cybersecurity”, ­– Mikhail Yakushev, Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board. 


"In this day and age, international cooperation has become a must. No one country has the ability to capacities to get to the bottom of every cyber attack. Therefore, this is an area where there will have to be international cooperation, will have to seek assistance of a large number of partners abroad and I suspect that some kind of a modus will have to be found where we can get to the bottom of these attacks", - Nehchal Sandhu, Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of the Republic of India.


“It is almost a truism for the publications on the South China Sea that Beijing is a typical rising power, and therefore, it is predisposed to undermine the existing balance of forces. Such a statement points out at who is to be blamed for the growing tensions. Given the fact that over the last few decades, China has been successfully developing in the framework of the existing status quo in East Asia (which includes the US "stabilizing presence" in the region), PRC is not  interested at all in rocking the boat” – Victor Sumsky, PIR Center Advisory Board member and the Director of the ASEAN Center at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).


"Participation in the ICANN Public meeting grants young experts a chance to get engaged in day-to-day real working process of the structure which is running the global DNS system and managing IP addresses, and to bring their stakeholder viewpoints to the representatives of the one of the key institutions in the field of internet governance. The ICANN Fellowship program deserves positive assessment as soon as it provides participants with access to a huge volume of knowledge on such technical issues as DNSSEC implementation, transition from IPv4 protocol to IPv6, update of WHOIS service, development of the new top level domains (nGTLDs) and other technical aspects of ICANN activities", – PIR Center Program Coordinator Oleg Demidov.


"A sovereign internet is in fact not a political concept but a purely technical one. We could speak in length about the sovereignty in the Net, but the experience of various nation states gives evidence: most successful of them conduct proactive national policies and are building a system that would enable them to consider national interest of a particular nation state with regard to the internet. A good example is China which never – and WCIT-2012 it not an exception – loudly announces and promotes its position in the world arena or pushes on the coalition approach, but still demonstrates a breathtaking progress in national IT sector", - Andrey V. Kolesnikov, Director of the Coordination Center for Top-Level Domain .RU.


“The International Telecommunication Union remains the key global organization in the field of telecommunications as it manages to adapt to the permanent process of changes in contemporary world. These changes have become possible due to the efforts of the ITU members. PIR Center international seminar gives a perfect example of how member states of the Union – and in this particular case the Russian Federation – launch discussions that might induce changes in ICT policies”, - from the welcoming address in Russian by the ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Toure to the participants of PIR Center international seminar on May 30, 2013.


"Cyber attacks against peaceful nuclear infrastructure have already become a real threat to national and global security while international cooperation on providing security in cyberspace is still fragmentary and does not cover this issue. One of possible ways to finally cope with this threat implies elaboration and adoption by UN of international Convention on cybersecurity of nuclear infrastructure, Thorough expert work on such a document should be regarded as one of most challenging issues for scientific community," - expert of the institute for economic strategies at the Department of Social Sciences of the Russian academy of sciences Natalya Piskunova.