Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday said that the Internet is the most important part of economy and society, and is crucial to define its norms of governance, adding that it is imperative to bridge the digital divide with a focus on marginalized living in the remotest part of the country.
Speaking on the inaugural event, Vaishnaw, IT Minister said,” Internet is the most important part of economy and society and it is crucial to define its norms of governance. We have to bridge the digital divide with a focus on marginalized living in the remotest part of the country. It is also important to decide the ownership of the content shared online. Young minds are easily tempted to believe in what is shared online especially on social media and there is a need to decide responsibilities”
Vaishnaw inaugurated ‘India Internet Governance Forum 2021’ (IIGF 2021), a 3-day online event on internet governance.
“It is also crucial to see the social impact of online disruption. Today, e-commerce has disrupted small businesses and that has a social impact. We have to work to bring smaller individuals to the mainstream. Cybersecurity requires maximum attention. Entire systems can be taken for ransom or can be held hostage. Can we develop a robust system for cybersecurity? I hope this forum will bring solid answers to these questions,” he added.
The event which is centred around the theme “Empowering India through Power of the Internet”, is bringing stakeholders of internet governance together to discuss the roadmap for digitization and reaffirm India as an essential participant globally.
The event is jointly being organized by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and is being held between November 25-27, said a press release by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The digital drive in India is in full swing to bring 100% of the population on the internet network and the event is focusing on the digitization roadmap, opportunities, possibilities, and challenges in India, said the press release.
Through an open and inclusive process, IIGF is bringing together all stakeholders in the global internet governance ecosystem including government, industry, civil society, academia – as equal participants of the larger internet governance discourse, as per the statement.
It is also going to highlight the role and importance of digitization in the international policy development on internet governance, added the press release.
“We would soon have a billion Indians–women, children, elderly and others connected online and availing government services, subsidies, etc. The future of IIGF is to shepherd and work with government bodies to ensure that future jurisprudence on the internet is developed by bringing users on board as the most important stakeholders. The future of global internet should be led by India’s internet ecosystem and innovation capabilities,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State (MeitY).
The India Internet Government Forum is an initiative associated with the UN Internet Governance Forum (UN-IGF). The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder platform bringing representatives together from various groups to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet. IIGF previously held a curtain-raiser event with an interesting insight into the roadmap for Digitisation in India in October 2021. The event was a precursor to the institution of India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) formed in conformance to IGF – Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda of the UN-based Internet Governance forum: (IGF).
The inaugural event witnessed robust discussions and engaging talks during various workshops and sessions titled ‘Cybernorms: For ensuring an open, interoperable and trusted internet’, ‘Roadmap for trillion-dollar digital economy’, ‘Multilingual Internet- Connecting all Indians’, ‘Start-ups and fostering innovations’ and ‘Socio-economic impacts of the digital economy’.
The online event is also going to host three plenary sessions on themes: ‘India & Internet- India’s Digital Journey & her Global Role’ chaired by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State (MeitY), ‘Connecting all Indians’ chaired by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary (MeitY), and ‘Securing internet for safe future’ chaired by Sanjay Bahl, DG, CERT-In.
Eminent dignitaries such as Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State (MeitY), Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary (MeitY), Nirmita Narasimhan, Anil Kumar Jain, CEO, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), Chair IIGF, TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum and others also graced the inaugural event with their presence.
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