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1) Your Name:

Karnika Seth

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2) Stakeholder Group:Non-Commercial

3) Constituency:

Not Applicable

4) ICANN Affiliation (if not covered by item 2 or 3):

See Q13

5) Please identify your current employer(s):

Managing Partner, Seth Associates law firm in India

6) Please identify your current position(s):

Cyber law expert & Managing Partner, Seth Associates

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

Specialise in cyberlaw litigation (civil & criminal), cybercrime prosecution,consultancy, training corporates, law enforcement & policy/rule making/reforming laws, Author & educationist on cyberlaws.

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


10) Do you believe you are participating in the GNSO policy process as a representative of any individual or entity, whether paid or unpaid?

If the answer is “Yes,” please provide the name of the represented individual or entity. (If professional ethical obligations prevent you from disclosing this information, please enter "Private"):
11) Please identify any other relevant arrangements, interests, or benefits as requested in the following two questions:

a) Do you have any type of material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes:

It will help streamline cyberlaw investigation & litigation processes by providing reliable data of domain name holder across thr world.

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):

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

13) Additional Information (optional):

ICANN Affiliation:

Have prepared comments to ICANN policies and represented as Member of Indian core group as Advisor to National Internet Exchange of India.  I have participated in many WGs at National Internet Exchange of India(NIXI). I was appointed as Legal expert in the  Committee that considered ICANN’s proposal to introduce new  domain name strings with possible Indian connection and response was prepared by the Committee to the ICANN’s Proposal in 2013.I also acted as Legal Expert Member in Committee constituted by NIXI to  introduce .bharat domain in India in 2015. Further, I scrutinized all applications as legal expert in Committee constituted by NIXI to introduce domain names in Regional languages of India in 2014-15. I co-opted to the Official Consultation Group for developing Social Media related laws in India under guidance of the Ministry for Information Technology. I was also Member of the Expert consultation Group constituted by the Kerela State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to strengthen online child protection laws in India.

Additional Roles: 

  • I enrolled as an Advocate with Bar council of Delhi since 2000 and am Member of the Supreme Court of India Bar Association.
  • I am Advisor to National Interrnet Exchange of India, Controller General of Certifying Authorities in India.
  • Imparted Cyberlaw Trainings to National Investigation Agency, Central Bureau of Investigations, National Judicial Academy, National Police Academy amongst other institutions.
  • I drafted the comprehensive e-filing process to file litigation matters before the Supreme Court of India. I was also consulted by the Lok Sabha, ( the Indian Parliament) to prepare a white paper with my recommendations to make new Privacy law in India.
  • I received the Digital Empowerment Award for the year 2015 from Government of India and Broadband India Forum. Also, I received the Law Day Award from the Chief Justice of India for authoring the book titled ‘Protection of children on Internet’ in 2015 and book titled ‘Computers, Internet & New Technology Laws’ (lexis nexis publication) in 2012.

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