Democratic countries must think about creating a safe and responsible Internet: MoS IT
Democratic countries must join hands to think about creating security, trust and accountability on the borderless Internet, State Minister of Electronics and Computing Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Saturday .
Speaking at the first-ever Indian Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) organized by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), he said the India was emerging as one of the largest connected countries with 800 million people online.
With the world’s largest rural broadband program, India will soon have over a billion people on the internet, he noted.
“Given the size of the Internet and cyberspace, which has no borders, it needs cooperation. The world needs to think about it, especially democratic countries and societies, ”Chandrasekhar said.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital India mission with 3 main goals – transforming the lives of Indians, expanding economic opportunities with digital entrepreneurship, and building strategic capacity in certain technologies, including the Internet, so that the future of the Internet is driven by countries that are open societies and share the same set of democratic values and respect the rights of citizens.
“In many ways, the IIGF was about discussing and getting more stakeholders around the big roundtable ie India on how to keep the internet open? How do we make sure that the internet is safe and trusted by everyone who uses it, and that security and trust are extremely important attributes because there are brand new demographics out there that weren’t? planned many years ago, namely children, women and the elderly, ”Chandrasekhar said.
He said the government is committed to connecting all Indians to the internet.
Cyber security expert and Supreme Court lawyer Pavan Duggal said the government made a comprehensive amendment to the IT law in 2008, but made cosmetic security arrangements.
“It was the time when cybersecurity was starting to evolve. In 2021, we must have a legal framework dedicated to cybersecurity, either in the form of a dedicated provision under the IT law, or in the form of new legislation. Cybersecurity and cyber resilience must be mandatory, ”said Duggal.
Voyager Infosec Director Jiten Jain said India is on the cusp of the digital age with an abundant skilled workforce, but legal provisions have been responsive in the country instead of be proactive.
“We need a law that should be a living, nimble and living document that deals with today’s issues. Any legislation passed relating to the Information Technology Act must be reviewed by Parliament every two years, ”Jain said.