Govt to soon roll out new Digital India Act: IT Minister

Chenai: The government will soon launch the Digital India Actwhich will be a renewed policy for the digital ecosystem and cyberspace in the country, Minister of State for Electronics and Informatics, Rajeev Chandrasekharmentioned

Chandrasekhar was speaking at the grand opening of Bennett University’s Center for Law and Computing Technology on Saturday.

He stated that cyberspace is currently governed by the IT lawwhich is 22 years old legislation, and that a more contemporary law was needed.

“In the internet realm, 22 years is almost four or five centuries,” Chandrasekhar said.

“There is need for a new contemporary law that is a global standard and that is in line with India’s ambition to be a preeminent nation in the coming decades, in all areas – technology and all aspects of the innovation and technology ecosystem,” he added.

The government is focused on creating supportive frameworks and policies through a public consultation process, he said.

the Data Protection Bill submitted by the parliament’s joint committee, has been studied by the ministry and the government, he added.

“We have just unveiled the national data governance framework and policy which is the subject of public consultation. We will be rolling out cybersecurity policies and guidelines shortly, and very soon we will be working on a new Digital India Act which will be a renewed policy for the digital ecosystem and cyberspace in India,” he said.

He also said that Big tech platforms and all platforms that provide products and services online are accountable to citizen users.

“I think the challenges ahead in the jurisprudence (and) on the regulation of cyberspace are considerable,” Chandrasekhar said. “They range from protecting information and privacy on one side to ethical use of technologies like AI on the other side of the spectrum, and then you have challenges of openness and competition, vis- vis-à-vis large technology platforms, especially in the context of monopolies and duopolies are in application stores and search engines.

He said the growing trend of internet militarization also poses other challenges, especially since so much of the economy and economic activity will rely on and be connected to the internet.

The government is clear that the internet and technology must be defined by openness, security, trust and accountability to those who use these platforms or use these services and products.

“We are very clearly working to develop a jurisprudential policy framework that addresses the issue that the internet and technology space must remain open,” he said.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Chandrasekhar said there was additional opportunity as the world looks to India as a trusted partner in the digital electronics value chain as well as in the value chain. digital services.

“You can see from last year’s performance of IT companies, which are now growing at an unprecedented growth rate of over 15%, that the global demand for digitization is being met by Indian entrepreneurs, startups Indian companies and Indian companies,” said Chandrasekhar.


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