Gopal Tadepalli SOI

At-Large Statement of Interest (SOI) Form

1) Please enter your Name:

T V Gopal

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3) Are you participating in the At-Large advisory process (including email and real-time discussions) as a representative of:

a) ALAC (if so, detail the region and term):

b) A Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) (if so, please detail the region, position and term):

c) An ICANN-accredited At-Large Structure (if so, which one):

d) Any ICANN Committee, Constituency or Stakeholder Group (if so, which one(s))?

APRALO, ICANN Individual Member - At - Large

e) Any other company or organization, whether commercial or nonprofit (if so, please detail the organization and your position):

Life Member of Computer Society of India [CSI];

Senior Member IEEE, Member;

ACM India Council;

Member, International Center for Information Ethics [ICIE];

Boarding Member of IEEE Standards Recommended Practice for Provenance of Indigenous Peoples’ Data [P2890] & Standard Taxonomy for Responsible Trading of Human-Generated Data [P2895] Working Groups;

Member, IEEE Data Trading System Working Group [P3800]

Member of International Federation for Information Processing [IFIP] WG9.2

4) Please identify your current employer(s):

College of Engineering, Guindy Campus, Anna University, Chennai, India

5) Please identify your current position(s):

Professor. Department of Computer Science
and Engineering & Co-Ordinator, Center for Applied Research in Indic Technologies [CARIT]

6) Please identify the type(s) of work performed:

Teaching UG and PG Students. Research,
Guiding Research Scholars

7) Please identify your declared country of primary residence:


8) Please list any financial relationship beyond de minimus stock ownership you may have with any company that to your knowledge has a financial relationship or contract with ICANN:


9) Please identify any other relevant arrangements, interests, or benefits as requested in the following two questions:

a) Do you, your employer, and/or sponsor have any type of material or financial interest in the At-Large advisory process and its outcomes?


If the answer is "Yes," please describe the interest:

b) Are there any arrangements/agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your participation as a work team member?


If the answer is "Yes," please describe the arrangements/agreements and the name of the group, constituency, or person(s):

10) Please identify any Working Groups or other chartered teams in which you are participating (include acronyms, if applicable):

Observer : ALAC Subcommittee on At-Large Metrics
Member :  Unaffiliated Individuals Mobilization Working Party 
Member :  APRALO Policy Forum
Member : Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG)

11) Additional information (optional):

The areas of Interest of Dr. T V Gopal include:

Operating Systems
Distributed Computing
Cyber - Physical Systems
 Usability Engineering
Information Architecture,
Object Oriented Technologies
Software Quality
Science and Spirituality

Dr. T V Gopal served as a Member of the Sub-Committee of the IT Task Force, Government of Tamil Nadu from 27 November 2000 to 25 July 2001. The IT Task Force and its sub-committee have been replaced by the Tamil Nadu Information Technology Council (TNITC). This responsibility has been duly gazetted by the Government of Tamil Nadu. My work with ICANN has been fully formal with the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Dr. T V Gopal has research experience in the use of Technology for Healthcare.

Dr. T V Gopal has a Ph.D in the area of Distributed Computing and currently works in the area of "Cyber Physical Systems". He has proven technical expertise in all layers of the ISO - OSI Reference Model for the Computer Networking & Software Defined Networking. He has first hand experience in the management of "Domain Names" and "Host Configuration" protocols.

Dr. T V Gopal has been acknowledged for contributing unique thoughts on politics in detail by email, on telephone and in personal discussions in a book titled "A Manifesto for Change" by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam [Formerly President of India] and Dr. V Ponr

Dr. T V Gopal has several National and One International Award [2019] to his credit.

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At-Large SOI Template v3 (Feb 2014)


  1. /* Excerpted from my response dated Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:36:00 +0530 to the Welcome Mail from Roberto Gaetano <> dated Thu, 20 Aug 2020 20:05:06 +0000 */

    I wish to share the following quick thoughts for a start and wait for the comments.

    The Internet evolved from a number of government-funded research projects, individuals from universities and private-sector organisations.
    Most of its early development has been punctuated by the "Open Systems" approach.

    There was remarkable traceability on the "thinking of Individuals [technically thunks]" to the Individuals. The intellect of any given individual has been duly acknowledged and the organisations took cognisance of this.

    Understandably the management of the Internet and global Internet resources such as the Domain Name System relied mostly on the bottom-up coordination and direct participation by those interested in and impacted by the necessary / pertinent decisions.

    By 2005, the umbrella term "multi-stakeholder" got into the popular use.

    The reason why bottom-up and Individuals provided "assurance" is that the concerns in Internet Governance holds the promise of better resolution at a level closest to their origin.

    My interest in this group is largely due to this important aspect of governance and jurisprudence.

    To my mind, evolving a consensus was best within the modus operandi of the Internet Engineering Task Force [IETF]. It nurtured the famous motto “We believe in rough consensus and running code”. Some of the best standards happened in this approach.

    Individuals do have a major role in making these standards happen and used within the scope of their organisation / community.

    It is growth of Internet with adequate disciplines in place that became admirable.

    This is missing in the current Internet Governance models that are now mostly top-down. We need to bring in the necessary bottom-up as well.
    Technology evolves quickly, but formal policies and legal procedures can move slowly.

    Many is always numerically greater than one. Most of the times the concerns at large are believed to be resolvable / decided through "voting". These concerns are either populist or utilitarian. The intentions are not being questioned. But, Individuals fade away into the oblivion faster with the numbers always dominating.

    In my humble opinion, the present governance may not scale down correctly to minority and Individual concerns even when they are legitimate and reasonable.

    Also, the decentralised structure of the Internet governance ecosystem implies that different issues are addressed in different places.

    Our challenge therefore is to identify individuals and built the basic foundational principles of Internet Governance around them. Some of them may become
    visionaries for the future, role models, steer leaders and so on.

    Your thoughts please...

  2. For the records, I have activated my ICANN At Large Member Account on Sat, 8 Apr 2000 09:56:24 -0700.

    The corresponding letter from ICANN and Mail have been sent to Evin Erdogdu, ICANN Staff.

  3. Please note that Anna University has granted the necessary approvals for me to participate in matters concerning EPDP and IDNs as appropriate. My first concerns in IRT are primarily in this focus area.