Archive for ◊ March, 2015 ◊

• Sunday, March 15th, 2015

It Took India Almost 10 Years To Realise That Women Empowerment Is Possible Through ICTThe year was 2006 when Praveen Dalal suggested the use of ICT for Women Empowerment in India (PDF).  However, it took almost 10 years for India to realise that women empowerment is possible though ICT.  Narendra Modi government has finally appreciated this fact and has introduced the Digital India project covering this aspect as well. However, there are many limitations and shortcomings of Digital India project of India as on date and with these limitations and shortcomings the effect of Digital India would not be as conducive as anticipated.

Of all facts one fact is very frustrating and discouraging and that would also defeat the Digital India project in the long run. According to Praveen Dalal, mandatory e-governance services in India are needed that are presently missing. This is also one of the main reasons explaining why e-governance has failed in India.

Another reason is that Indian government is very slow in accepting suggestions and recommendations that can be game changer for India. For instance, if the suggestions of Praveen Dalal were accepted in the year 2006 itself, women empowerment in India would have a totally different meaning today in India. Platforms like MyGov have little significance if the suggestions provided by public are not accepted and acted upon.

However, in many cases Indian government accepts the suggestions and recommendations of public. For instance, many of the suggestions of Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) regarding technology companies were accepted by the then Congress government.

The present BJP government is also open to public suggestions and inputs. However, how much they would be accepted depends upon the policies and strategies of Modi government. If Modi government is looking towards positive and image making inputs only, that would not be a fruitful exercise. Modi government must also keep in mind the shortcomings and weakness of its policies and projects. Censorship of posts and tweets and manipulation of news and search results is definitely not the right approach in this regard.

As far as Digital India and Aadhar projects of India are concerned, Praveen Dalal has compiled a list of aspects that Digital India and Aadhaar project must take care of in order to be successful. Now it is for the Modi government to consider the same and apply them to strengthen Digital India project wherever applicable and relevant. There is no sense in waiting for another 10 years to provide even the most basic e-delivery of services to Indian citizens.

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• Monday, March 09th, 2015

Techno Legal Updates Of India 09-03-2015 By PTLB

This is a roundup by Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) of the recent national and international events, news and views. The roundup includes fields like cyber law, cyber security, digital India, skills development and trainings, e-mail policy of India, censorship by Google and Twitter of dissenting digital India related topics, etc.

The detailed roundup is as follows:

(a) Online Card Games: Online card games in India are still legally risky in the absence of any clear cut position from the Supreme Court of India and Indian government. The issue is pending before the Supreme Court of India and it may take some more years before the issues would be finally resolved. As on date, the online card games websites in India are in limbo and in state of legal uncertainty.

(b) Skills Development: The need to develop skills in India has been reiterated once again by PTLB especially for the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of India. There is also a possibility that United States agencies like FBI would train Indian intelligence officials for cyber terrorism and related issues. PTLB believes that online skills development methods must be developed by Indian government to meet its skills development objectives.

(c) Censorship By Google And Twitter: In a bizarre incidence, the dissenting tweets and posts regarding digital India were censored by both Google and Twitter repeatedly. PTLB condemns these censorship activities of Google and Twitter and hope that both of these companies would respect civil liberties in cyberspace in the future.

(d) Internet Safety Campaign: In a welcome move, Indian government has decided to launch an Internet safety campaign. We at PTLB welcome this move of India government. At the same time we also recommend that school children in India must be suitably educated about cyber issues so that they do not become victims of cyber criminals.

(e) Digital India: In a complete U turn, Indian government has shown little respect to civil liberties in cyberspace. Not only Indian government is censoring Aadhaar related critical views but even opinions reflecting the shortcomings of digital India project have been censored. By clubbing the digital India project with Aadhaar, Indian government has made digital India the digital panopticon of India.

(f) E-Mail Policy Of India: Indian government has finally enforced the e-mail policy of India. As per the notified e-mail policy, using private e-mail services have been banned for official communications in India. This is a good step in the right direction and PTLB welcomes the same.

(g) First CISO Of India: Dr. Gulshan Rai has been appointed the first chief information security officer (CISO) of India. PTLB welcomes this move of Indian government as it would go a long way in strengthening of cyber security of India. This CISO position would operate directly under the PMO.

PTLB hopes that this update would be useful to our readers and all the stakeholders. Please revisit this website and other blogs of PTLB for more updates.

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